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Judge blasts Human Services for food aid delays

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:00 pm

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge on Thursday chided the New Mexico Human Services Department, saying it was failing in its obligation to provide food and health care to the poor in a timely way, and ordered the department to immediately process thousands of backlogged applications for benefits.

The ruling potentially paves the way for thousands of people to qualify for benefits that some have been waiting months to receive.

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