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Interior watchdog probes agency's newly confirmed chief

Apr. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just four days after the Senate confirmed the former corporate lobbyist to lead the agency. Deputy Interior...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

Apr. 9, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A renewed effort was launched Tuesday to halt federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans. Four members of New Mexico's all-Democratic congressional delegation introduced legislation to prohibit the expansion of...

4th ranked House leader seeks US Senate seat in New Mexico

Apr. 1, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján — the No. 4 ranked Democrat in Congress — announced his campaign Monday for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Democrats hope to keep their hold on the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall, who announced last week that he won't seek a third...

FAA defends its reliance on aircraft makers to certify jets

Mar. 27, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the two deadly Boeing crashes, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the agency's practice of relying on aircraft makers to help certify their own planes for flight. Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said...

The Latest: Senators grill Elwell on safety, industry ties

Mar. 27, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congressional hearings looking into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing (all times local): ___ 5:50 p.m. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., challenged FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell on whether the FAA should ban "selling safety features a la carte to...

With eye on '20, Senate Dems unveil voting, ethics overhaul

Mar. 27, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Wednesday aimed at making it easier for people to vote and curbing the influence of big money in politics, a measure destined to go nowhere in the Republican-run Senate but likely to be used by Democrats to make populist appeals in next year's...

New Mexico senator, conservationist won't run again in 2020

Mar. 25, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening a secure Democratic seat to competition and ending a chapter in a Western political dynasty built on environmental conservation. The second-term senator and former congressman said he was...

The Latest: Departing senator warns against unauthorized war

Mar. 25, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Sen. Tom Udall's not running for re-election (all times local): 1:00 p.m. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is being praised by Democratic colleagues for his activism on environmental and Native American issues as he prepares to retire from the Senate. Presidential...

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall will not seek re-election in 2020, opening secure Democratic seat to competition

Mar. 25, 2019 12:08 PM EDT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall will not seek re-election in 2020, opening secure Democratic seat to competition.

Last grants coming for endangered Route 66 program

Mar. 22, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An endangered federal program that has helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades has issued its last call for grants aimed at saving aging buildings and landmarks. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12, and...