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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...

New Mexico lawmakers seek preschool expansion with oil money

Jan. 12, 2023 19:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading New Mexico legislators recommended a billion-dollar increase Thursday in annual state spending to expand preschool access and increase mandatory classroom instruction time at K-12 public schools. The budget proposal would increase general fund spending...

New Mexico appointee resigns from powerful regulatory panel

Jan. 10, 2023 19:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent appointees to a powerful utility regulatory commission has resigned, citing a lack of education qualifications. The Democratic governor announced Brian Moore’s resignation Tuesday, saying she is...

Top prosecutor in busy New Mexico district aims for justice

Jan. 04, 2023 20:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prominent defense attorney who has taken the reins of the district attorney’s office in New Mexico’s busiest judicial district vowed Wednesday to be relentless in his pursuit of justice as the Albuquerque metro area struggles to stem violent crime. ...

New Mexico governor will undergo knee replacement surgery

Jan. 03, 2023 18:35 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will travel to Washington to undergo knee replacement surgery, her office announced Tuesday. Lujan Grisham was scheduled to depart Tuesday and return next week after the replacement of her right knee with an artificial...