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Albuquerque OKs no-fares pilot program for city buses

Sep. 21, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's public transit system won't charge fares for riding buses during a 12-month experiment starting Jan. 1. The City Council voted Monday night to approve the pilot program after previously deferring the vote several times. ...

GPS for defendants in Bernalillo County to be monitored 24-7

Sep. 21, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Defendants awaiting trial in Bernalillo County who wear GPS devices will be monitored more closely from now on. The New Mexico Judiciary has announced the implementation of a plan next month to track ankle devices on felony defendants...

Legislators sue to rein in governor on pandemic relief

Sep. 21, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to limit Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's authority over more than $1 billion in federal relief. The lawsuit from the Republican Party's top-ranked Senator and a Democratic colleague accuses...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

Sep. 20, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico's political map to boost Indigenous voters' influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation,...

New Mexico hearing begins for next round of oil, gas rules

Sep. 20, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is now the nation’s second largest oil producing state, and environmental officials say more needs to be done to rein in pollution from the industry. They are proposing another set of rules as part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's...

Grand jury indicts ex-lawmaker in alleged kickback scheme

Sep. 20, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former high-ranking Democratic state legislator and Albuquerque public school administrator has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud and ethics violations in connection with an alleged kickback scheme, prosecutors said...

New Mexico school districts to gain funds for mental health

Sep. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico school districts have been awarded funding to bolster mental health services over the next several years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state Public Education Department was bestowed earlier this month with a five-year,...

Albuquerque man accused of fatally shooting panhandler

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say an 18-year-old man shot and killed a panhandler in an unprovoked attack. Authorities say Isaiah Luna was booked into Metro Detention Center on suspicion of murder several hours after the Sunday morning shooting. ...

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta still may alter COVID-19 protocol

Sep. 20, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City officials say they have not ruled out requiring proof of vaccination at next month's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The annual hot air balloon festival is back after being canceled last year because of COVID-19. ...

Police detain possible suspect in Albuquerque homicide case

Sep. 19, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A possible suspect has been detained in a homicide case Sunday in Albuquerque, police said. They said officers responded to a call of a shooting about 10 a.m. When officers arrived, they reported finding a man dead in an intersection. ...