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New Mexico awards $157M in grants to child care providers

Oct. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child care department is sending millions to child care centers in an effort to keep them in business, awarding grants to pay for everything from salaries to rent. The state Early Childhood Education and Care Department announced...

New Mexico considers retirement 'double dipping' for police

Oct. 20, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are drafting a plan to ease restrictions against retired police officers coming back to work, in an effort to add law enforcement officers across New Mexico in the midst of a labor shortage. At legislative committee hearing Tuesday,...

New Mexico clears way for hospitals to ration care if needed

Oct. 18, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday cleared the way for hospitals to ration care if necessary, saying the state's health care system has yet to see a reprieve as the nursing shortage continues and as many patients with non-COVID-19 illnesses and those who have delayed care over...

Groups: New Mexico needs to fund more conservation projects

Oct. 17, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Land of Enchantment is home to vast forests and deserts, meandering rivers and streams and a variety of wildlife. Now a coalition of outdoor recreation and conservation groups is pointing to an influx of federal stimulus money and a healthy...

New Mexico governor defends power to spend pandemic relief

Oct. 15, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is defending her authority to decide how the state will spend more than $1 billion federal pandemic aid — without the approval of the Legislature. In a written court briefing Friday, Lujan Grisham said a...

Advisory panel endorses redistricting maps for New Mexico

Oct. 15, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advisory board on redistricting endorsed several plans for realigning the boundaries of political districts across New Mexico on Friday, backing proposed congressional districts that would consolidate Native American representation and strengthen a Hispanic...

New Mexico explores public financing for cannabis businesses

Oct. 14, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Small-scale marijuana businesses in New Mexico would receive access to publicly financed loans of up to $250,000 in an effort to promote social and economic fairness, under a proposal unveiled Thursday. The New Mexico Finance Authority suggested a...

New Mexico pledges support for tribal adoptions in state law

Oct. 13, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In her first prepared speech Tuesday the new leader of New Mexico’s child protection department pledges to restore the agency’s credibility following a series of scandals under her predecessor. New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department...

New Mexico governor settles harassment claim for $150K

Oct. 11, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The final price tag for a settlement reached by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a former campaign spokesman to settle accusations of harassment is now $150,000. The latest round of payments were disclosed in a mandatory campaign finance...

Former Cabinet secretary defends auto dealerships from Tesla

Oct. 08, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recently retired state Cabinet secretary who oversaw New Mexico's first major foray into electric vehicles for government fleets has gone to work at a lobbying group for automotive dealerships as they safeguard state-authorized control over direct sales of new...