Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb Test – The Associated Press
A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said Thursday that the federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated July 16, 1945.
Udall made his remarks on the Senate floor on the 70th anniversary of the test that took place as part of the Manhattan Project, the secretive World War II program that provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb.
Tularosa residents say many of those living in the area weren’t told about the dangers and suffered rare forms of cancer. They say they want acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.
Medical Marijuana Producers To Be Named – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the names of state medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees will soon be made public.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the governor’s announcement came Wednesday, less than a week after a lawsuit was filed in an effort to strike down the regulation allowing the names of medical marijuana producers to be confidential.
The decision will only apply to producers and their employees and not the nearly 16,000 patients certified in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program.
The Department of Health, which previously defended the confidentiality rule based on security reasons for medical pot producers and patients, will now have to formally change the rule. It was unclear Wednesday how long that process would take.
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging New Mexico Test Contract – The Associated Press
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a contract issued for New Mexico’s assessment exam for students in public schools.
State District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled Monday that the nonprofit that filed the suit did not have legal standing to sue over the contract because it did not bid for the contract against the winning bidder, London-based Pearson PLC.
Washington-based nonprofit American Institutes for Research had accused state officials of rigging the bidding process in favor of Pearson by tailoring the request for bidders to a testing program already run by Pearson.
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