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Pretrial detention change could cost New Mexico $15M a year

Feb. 07, 2023 14:31 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed state Senate bill that calls for people accused of certain violent crimes to remain jailed without bond until trial could cost New Mexico up to $15.3 million annually, according to a legislative analysis obtained by a newspaper. The Santa Fe New...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 06, 2023 10:31 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

New Mexico legislators may block local abortion ordinances

Feb. 03, 2023 17:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A standoff over abortion in politically conservative regions of New Mexico escalated Friday as Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would prohibit local governments from interfering with women's access to reproductive health care. The initiative...

New Mexico governor names new Indian Affairs secretary

Feb. 03, 2023 17:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former governor of a New Mexico pueblo has been chosen to be the state's next secretary of Indian Affairs. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the appointment Friday of James R. Mountain to lead the department. She highlighted his history as...

New Mexico losing 3rd public education secretary in 4 years

Jan. 29, 2023 12:17 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s third public education secretary in four years has announced his retirement, saying he has a critical need to focus on his family and his health. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Kurt Steinhaus last day of work was Friday. He joined the...

US sweetens pot to study siting for spent nuke fuel storage

Jan. 26, 2023 17:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has long struggled to find a permanent solution for storing or disposing of spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants, and opposition to such a site is flaring up again as New Mexico lawmakers debate banning a facility without state...

New Mexico governor vows bipartisan effort to fight crime

Jan. 25, 2023 19:50 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vowed Wednesday to work with state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to address New Mexico’s crime problems, a situation she described as untenable. The state's largest city has had back-to-back years of record...

New Mexico chief justice urges caution with bail law reform

Jan. 24, 2023 19:49 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top judicial official urged state legislators Tuesday to be cautious and remember the principle of innocence until proven guilty as they consider toughening the state's bail laws in response to violent crime. Supreme Court Chief Justice C. Shannon...

New Mexico shooting case revives pretrial detention debate

Jan. 19, 2023 17:15 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A felon and failed political candidate suspected of orchestrating a series of drive-by shootings at the homes of four elected Democrat officials in New Mexico will be due in court next week for a detention hearing. Solomon Peña remains in custody pending...

Violence looms over New Mexico Legislature as work begins

Jan. 17, 2023 21:49 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for new gun control laws and greater accountability for firearm manufacturers while denouncing recent drive-by shootings of the homes of Democratic lawmakers in Albuquerque in her State of the State address Tuesday at the start of the...