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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...

Conceptual redistricting maps emerge from citizens board

Sep. 16, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A citizens advisory committee to the New Mexico Legislature on political redistricting endorsed a set of conceptual maps Thursday to circulate for public comment. The committee is forging toward an Oct. 15 deadline for outlining redistricting map...

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...

Ruling: Car lights don't need to work perfectly, just well

Sep. 15, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has ruled that state law doesn't require vehicle tail lights all be working perfectly, only that they work well enough for their intended use. A ruling Monday by the state Supreme Court stems from a man's conviction for...

Former tax official gets probation in embezzlement case

Sep. 14, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BERNALILLO,. N.M. (AP) — A former head of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has been sentenced to five years of probation for her convictions in an embezzlement case. A state District Court judge for Sandoval County last week sentenced former Secretary...

$100 vaccine incentive deadline on Friday in New Mexico

Sep. 10, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says people who got a COVID-19 vaccine shot between Aug. 2-31 must sign up by Friday if they want to claim the $100 incentive being offered to entice people to get inoculated. New Mexico residents who got one of...

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 high court avoids mayor campaign funding case

Sep. 08, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on the Albuquerque city clerk’s decision to deny Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales about $600,000 in public financing for his campaign for mayor. The state high court on Wednesday...

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,...