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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s September 2023 public health order didn’t only call for a ban on open and concealed carry of firearms. It also has several measures aimed at reducing illegal drug use in adults and young people.

With it, she suspended a system that evaluates whether a young person who is arrested is a danger to themselves and others, and should await their trial in detention. She says this could get more kids in treatment. Advocates disagree. 

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People experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque and staying on public property are currently protected from having their things cleared by the city, with some exceptions. That is because of a court order that went into effect on November 1st.

But people experiencing homelessness and their advocates say that the city hasn’t followed the order.

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They each made the transition from discouraged loan officer to government worker at pivotal times for the housing market and sat down with me for a StoryCorps-esque interview. This is part of a series on housing in Tucson

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