Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

College funds vetoed in New Mexico

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed all funding for higher education — and the Legislatur­e cannot override her veto.

Funding is also so tight for K-12 education that Albuquerqu­e has decided to eliminate sports programs in every middle school for now.

The Republican governor’s veto came on a $6.1 billion spending bill for the next fiscal year, an action she took to protest legislativ­e tax increases and spending. She also vetoed all funding for the Legislatur­e, starting July 1. In her veto message, she complained that the state Senate had not scheduled a hearing for nomination­s she had made to the Board of Regents, which oversees the public university system.

If the situation isn’t resolved — and an immediate fix looks unlikely — college students could face significan­t tuition increases at public universiti­es, and institutio­ns of higher education can’t prepare budgets for a school year that starts in several months.

Doctor ordered held

DETROIT — An attorney for a Detroit-area doctor charged with mutilating the genitals of two 7-year-old girls admitted in federal court Monday that her client performed a procedure on the girls’ genitals but maintained that it wasn’t cutting.

The lawyer said Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, removed the membrane from the girls’ genitals as part of a religious practice tied to an internatio­nal Indian Muslim group to which the doctor belongs. Attorney Shannon Smith said Dr. Nagarwala gave the membrane to the girls’ parents to bury, according to a custom practiced by a Indian Muslim sect known as the Dawoodi Bohra.

Dr. Nagarwala, an emergency room doctor, was ordered locked up pending the outcome of her case. She was charged Thursday with genital mutilation in what prosecutor­s are calling the firstof-its-kind criminal case in the country. The practice seeks to curb the sexuality of girls and women by making sex painful and qualifies as a criminal sexual act.

The government argued that Dr. Nagarwala engaged in the secretive practice that has potentiall­y harmed numerous girls across Michigan. She did it after hours in a private, unnamed clinic in Livonia, without keeping any records or billing anyone, the government said.

Gas leak under control

A damaged BP oil and natural gas well that had been venting gas vapors on Alaska’s remote North Slope since Friday morning has been brought under control, the company and state officials said Monday.

No injuries or harm to wildlife were reported, and apparently only a limited amount of oil sprayed with the gas out of the well. Still, environmen­talists expressed concern about the leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Also in the nation …

The National Park Service has reopened three beaches at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along lake Michigan after tests showed no significan­t traces of a potentiall­y carcinogen­ic chemical from a U.S. Steel Corp. wastewater spill. … Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools recently dumped online by TheShadowB­rokers, the software company said. … The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it is investigat­ing whether loan-servicing companies make it hard for people with overdue student debt to work out a solution because of their race, ethnicity, gender or age.

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