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New Mexico backs Texas in opposing nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 17, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and...

University researchers analyze pretrial releases amid debate

Sep. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Amid debate over New Mexico's system of releasing felony defendants, University of New Mexico research indicates that just under 5% of Albuquerque-area defendants awaiting trial commit violent crimes while free from jail. Findings from the...

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October and extends generous emergency allotments temporarily. President Joe...

US grants license for temporary nuclear waste dump in Texas

Sep. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have cleared the way for construction of a dump in West Texas that could hold spent nuclear fuel for up to 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and run a facility that...

New Mexico deploys absentee ballot drop boxes statewide

Sep. 14, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who choose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local election for public offices including mayor of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. ...

Native Americans draft redistricting proposals in New Mexico

Sep. 10, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American communities across New Mexico are putting the finishing touches on proposed redistricting maps aimed at greater self-determination in future public elections, as competing plans wind their way toward the Legislature for consideration. ...

Rival congresswomen greet Afghan refugees at New Mexico base

Sep. 08, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some incoming Afghan refugees were greeted by two members of New Mexico’s all-female U.S. House delegation, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, at Holloman Air Force Base. Afghans evacuated in recent days by the American military are...

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Sep. 08, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production. ...

Latest draft of New Mexico oil, gas rules stirs tension

Sep. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for the oil and gas industry and the environment are at odds over the latest draft of proposed regulations to tamp down on smog-causing pollution. A New Mexico Environment Department panel will hear the agency’s proposed new rules,...

New Mexico Rep. Herrell seeks reassurance on Afghan refugees

Sep. 07, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman is seeking more information on the vetting process for Afghan refugees and emphasizing security concerns as she embarks on a tour of resettlement operations at an Air Force base on the outskirts of her home town in southern New Mexico. ...