ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families. The back-to-back town halls will be Sept. 10 at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial in Albuquerque. Following whistleblower complaints, investigators earlier this year uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A measure that calls for New Mexico counties to funnel more gross receipts taxes to a fund that helps hospitals pay for uninsured care is forcing San Juan County to consider cutting services and raising taxes. A County Executive Officer says the county is close to having 10 percent fewer workers than in 2009. The county's payment to the statewide safety net fund is about $3 million.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police are investigating a deadly stabbing outside an Albuquerque convenience store. Investigators say 32-year-old Michael Fox stabbed 23-year-old Kenneth Boyd. Earlier Fox allegedly drove away with Boyd's child. Police didn't say why he allegedly kidnapped the child.
FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) - De Baca County deputies are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was left behind when her family stopped at a convenience store during a camping trip. Investigators say there still may be charges of negligence in the case. The family left the store in separate cars and didn't realize the girl was still inside at the store.
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