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  • New Mexicans Over Age 65 Fastest Increasing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Census Bureau reports that New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade.

    University of New Mexico demographer Jack Baker said that trend is expected to continue in the coming decades and is partly why New Mexico's population growth is slowing.

    Baker said the state's birth rate has been fairly constant and an aging population means there are more deaths each year, which depresses the overall population growth.

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  • Lawsuit: DEA Paid New Mexico Man With Crack

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

    Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

    The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.

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  • Santa Fe Fire Department Provides Home Visits

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe has a new program underway to help residents with health problems before they need to call an ambulance.

    The Fire Department says its so-called "Community Protection Initiative" results from collaboration between department administrators, the firefighters' union and health care providers.

    According to the department, it has found that many medical-related 911 calls are either preventable or could be handled through a means other than an ambulance ride to an emergency room.

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