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Business Briefs 3/16

Aid center halts discrimination

Fair housing laws in New Mexico are being enforced by the Fair Housing Center of New Mexico Legal Aid, according to a news release from Nita Luna-Davis, Fair Housing Center director.

The organization “recently achieved an important victory for a father and son, and a biracial couple, experiencing race and family status discrimination,” she said.

After investigating allegations and gathering evidence, the organization turned its findings over to the U.S. Department of Justice, and a federal lawsuit was filed against owners and managers of 12 apartment complexes in Albuquerque, she said. A settlement was reached for $120,000.

“Race and family status are just two of the groups protected by the Fair Housing Act and New Mexico law.

Other protected status include national origin, gender, color, religion, mental or physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and spousal affiliation,” she said. Additional details may be found online at:

Free health guides available in Texas

Parents in Texas have available to them copies of “Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids,” an educational guide provided to the Texas Department of Health by UNICARE Life & Health Insurance Company.

The company donated 500,000 copies, which are available free-of-charge to elementary schools in Texas and will be available through Texas’ 10 Regional Education Service Centers.

The guide stresses family participation and provides practical strategies for engaging the entire family in healthy eating and more physical activity.

It was developed by WellPoint, UNICARE’s parent company, and the American Dietetic Association.

It can also be accessed free online ion both English and Spanish at:

‘National agriculture week’ to be declared

This week was to be designated “National Agriculture Week in New Mexico” today at a press conference held in Las Cruces by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Miley Gonzalez was to speak at 8 a.m. at the Las Cruces Hilton, presenting a proclamation to Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace to call attention to the relationship between the community and the agriculture industry.

He was also to speak on contributions of agriculture to the urban community, agriculture biosecurity and food products grown and processed in New Mexico.

The business digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Glen Seeber. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:

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