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New Mexico governor urges limits on fireworks amid drought

Jun. 14, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging cities and counties across New Mexico to consider banning the sale of fireworks ahead of the July Fourth holiday. She issued an executive order Monday, pointing to the drought that has blanketed much of the...

Military veteran runs for New Mexico governor as Republican

Jun. 14, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Investment adviser and West Point graduate Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque says he'll seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico in next year's election. In a news release Monday, Zanetti said he wants to “restore some dignity and...

New Mexico banks on cash incentives to meet vaccine goal

Jun. 14, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19 will now be eligible for a $100 incentive as the state began a hard push Monday. The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the reward for anyone who gets their second dose of...

Indiana rushes to spend virus relief aid on new jobs program

Jun. 14, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators scrambled in the final days of their session to make decisions on spending the state’s $3 billion share of the $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief money approved this year for state and local governments. Like many...

New Mexico rules could lead to big changes in oil industry

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — So how does New Mexico’s new regulations on methane emission reduction affect Lea County? Energy experts and elected officials tell the Hobbs News-Sun the damage could be drastic. The state Oil Conservation Division issued new...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

Governor settled harassment claim to focus on pandemic

Jun. 11, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday defended her handling of accusations of harassment by a former campaign spokesman that resulted in a financial settlement of at least $62,500 in payments from her political campaign, explaining that the pandemic demanded...

New Mexico seeks reforms at unemployment agency

Jun. 11, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vowed Friday to replenish the state's indebted unemployment insurance trust fund with federal relief funds to avoid future tax increases to businesses and said a $300 weekly federal bonus to unemployment benefits will continue...

Indigenous youth take on mental health, wellness challenge

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday told a virtual gathering of Indigenous youth that there are no excuses for government not do whatever it can to improve their quality of life and to bolster programs aimed at preventing youth suicide. ...

Eastern New Mexico flooding prompts emergency declarations

Jun. 10, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Severe flooding in eastern New Mexico has prompted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to declare states of emergency in Lincoln and Chaves counties. The governor issued her executive orders Wednesday, freeing up $1.5 million for the counties to use for...