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TODAY’S TOP STORIES « New Mexico Independent

Here’s a round up of today’s top stories in New Mexico.
The Associated Press reports that a judge has approved a $5.3 million lawsuit settlement that may mean hundreds of former inmates booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center over a certain period are eligible for payments ranging from$750 to $2,400. The county settled last year after inmates alleged they were illegally strip searched while being booked into the jail.
The Santa Fe New Mexican has a story about a push poll being conducted in New Mexico that is targeting Senate hopeful Tom Udall while pumping up GOP Senate hopeful Steve Pearce. Pearce’s rival for the GOP Senate nomination, Heather Wilson, isn’t taking kindly to the poll, either.
Albuquerque’s KOAT TV station reports on an e-mail circulating among those in New Mexico’s film and entertainment industry. It promises a big check for anyone wanting to work as an extra as long as you give them your credit card number. But beware. There’s an initial fee. And in small print there’s a mention of a possible $50 per month charge.
The Albuquerque Journal is running a story about a Washington, D.C. organization that is targeting New Mexico this election year in hopes of raising the profile of children’s issues. As reporter Jackie Jadrnak writes, “The movement wants to push candidates beyond the usual photo ops with cute kids and get specific answers to how they would get children health insurance, prevent abuse and neglect, develop after-school programs and provide early childhood education.”
The Valencia County News-Bulletin has a story about what is believed to be the third attempted child abduction in Valencia County during the past month. Authorities believe the same individual is responsible for all three attempted abductions.