SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities evacuated the New Mexico Capitol after a male caller threatened to kill himself in the building. The building remained closed for the rest of the day and the evacuation forced cancellation of the a committee meeting, which was to outline a proposal for shoring up the public employees retirement health care plan.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Taxpayers and public employees would chip in more money over three years under a proposal to improve the finances of a program providing health care for retired state and local government workers. The Legislature will be asked to approve the proposal when it convenes in January. Under the proposal, a government worker or educator earning $40,000 annually would pay an extra $150 a year if the 0.375 percent payroll contribution rate increase is enacted.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - More New Mexico hospitals are about to start screening all newborns for a type of heart disease. That's a result of legislation enacted earlier this year. Health Secretary Retta Ward says it's important because some of the defects may not be apparent early on but the infants need life-saving interventions quickly.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Military Institute's athletic director has been accused of groping a woman at an alumni event in northern Virginia earlier this year. The attorney for Reginald Franklin says the allegations are untrue and his client looks forward to his day in court. Prosecutors say a misdemeanor sexual battery charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.
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