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Albuquerque Public Schools board president David Peercy talks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M., after announcing that 39 people have applied to became the district's next school chief. Albuquerque Public Schools, one of the nation's largest school districts, unveiled the names of the 39 applicants and district officials said they hope to have a new superintendent by July. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Albuquerque district announces 39 school chief applicants

Feb. 26, 2020 4:46 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Newark, California superintendent Patrick Sanchez and Marnie Hazelton, a former superintendent in a Long Island, New York, district are among the applicants seeking to become the next school chief of Albuquerque Public Schools, the district announced Wednesday. District...

New Mexico inmate death 'apparent suicide' amid lawsuits

Feb. 26, 2020 12:27 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An inmate’s suspected suicide recently in a New Mexico prison occurred as two new lawsuits accuse the state Corrections Department of negligence in inmate deaths at another penitentiary. One of the lawsuits, filed Feb. 11 in state District Court, says the department ordered...

Mom charged with boiling pets found competent to stand trial

Feb. 26, 2020 12:20 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman facing charges she beat and tortured her children and forced them to watch her kill their pets has been found competent to stand trial. State District Court Judge Curtis Gurley recently found Martha Crouch, 54, competent to stand trial and ordered her case...

Work underway on Xcel Energy wind farm in eastern New Mexico

Feb. 26, 2020 12:18 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Texas-based Xcel Energy has poured the first 66 foundations for what will be a 240-turbine wind farm in eastern New Mexico. Xcel Energy recently began construction on a $900 million wind farm southeast of Portales, New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The 522-megawatt...

New Mexico bail reform committee to hear from experts

Feb. 26, 2020 12:09 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A committee appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to review the state's pretrial detention procedures will be hearing from some national experts. The committee will meet Thursday in Albuquerque to hear from the founder of the Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices and...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

New Mexico oil group, GOP House hopeful condemn candidate ad

Feb. 25, 2020 10:46 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A radio ad from a New Mexico GOP House candidate suggesting that her Republican oil executive opponent endorses “New Green Deal” policies pushed by liberal Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is drawing strong condemnation. The ad paid by Yvette...

Body found in Arizona identified as missing New Mexico woman

Feb. 25, 2020 9:12 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman's body found off a forest road in northern Arizona as a New Mexico resident reported missing over a month ago. Sasha Krause, 27, was last seen Jan. 18 picking up items from the Farmington Mennonite Church in northwestern New Mexico. Her car was...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., that allows state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms. The Democratic governor urged sheriffs to resign if they refuse to enforce the new law that can temporarily remove guns from people that may pose an immediate safety threat to themselves of others. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resign

Feb. 25, 2020 8:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday that will allow state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms, and she urged sheriffs to resign if they still refuse to enforce it. Flanked by advocates for stricter gun control and...

ExxonMobil to pay $1M as part of New Mexico settlement

Feb. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — ExxonMobil will contribute $500,000 to a fund used to clean up leaks from petroleum storage tanks as part of a settlement reached with New Mexico. The settlement stems from a 2010 lawsuit that alleged the company used money from the state Corrective Action Fund to clean up petroleum...

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision

Feb. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A member of New Mexico's congressional delegation wants to ensure a “sound and robust” scientific review is done before federal regulators decide whether to sign off on plans for a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. U.S. Rep....