SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A rural state university in New Mexico has approved a tuition hike as student costs rise within one of the nation's most affordable public higher education systems in response to the state's budget crisis. Regents at New Mexico Highlands University voted Friday to adopt a 7.5 percent tuition increase in anticipation of new state funding cuts. The decision extends recent tuition hikes to four of the state's seven main public colleges.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Thousands of dancers in traditional, vibrant regalia on Friday officially opened the Gathering of Nations _ one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows. The powwow will feature a number of competitions for dancers, drummers and performers. One of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people runs through Saturday. It has grown over the years but will have a new, smaller space for Native American dancers and other performers from across the U.S.
NAVAJO MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) - Officials in remote areas of Utah and Arizona say the recent decision to shut down a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona is expected to cause about 1,000 job losses in an area already struggling with high unemployment. Owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, voted earlier this year to close the plant and the coal mine that supports it by 2019.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An analysis commissioned by a New Mexico advocacy group on poverty issues has found that Republican plans to overhaul Medicaid health care would likely shift billions of dollars in costs to New Mexico's state government. The study released Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty concludes state government would pay an additional $3 billion from 2020 to 2026 to maintain current Medicaid coverage. Conservative lawmakers have embraced the proposal as a way to lower expenses.
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