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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. New Mexico regulators are hearing from the public Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 as they consider plans by the state's largest electric utility to replace the power that will be lost when the coal-fired station closes in 2022. The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission will stretch into next week, but it could be months before a decision is reached as other aspects of the case are in legal limbo. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico regulators open hearing on PNM replacement power

Jan. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators heard from dozens of people Tuesday as they began considering proposals by the state's largest electric utility to replace the power that will be lost with the planned closure of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in 2022. The hearing before the...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation's largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 6:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits

Jan. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing was so contentious that it stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups...

Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late Monday after...

President Donald Trump delivers the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump in Davos: Talking up economy, brushing off impeachment

Jan. 21, 2020 5:38 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump looked past the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington on Tuesday, turning his speech at an economic forum in the Swiss Alps into an unabashed sales pitch for the “blue-collar boom” in the U.S. economy that he says took place on his watch....

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

Wisconsin lawmakers approve firefighting foam restrictions

Jan. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats' complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to nothing. The Senate...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...