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In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, Lyla June Johnston appears during a weeklong fast outside the New Mexico Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M., to protest for action on climate change. Johnston is campaigning for the Democratic primary nomination to the state House against Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe. Legislative elections and ideological divisions among Democrats are looming over major initiatives backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on gun safety, recreational marijuana and pension reform. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Elections loom over Democrats on guns, marijuana, pensions

Jan. 25, 2020 6:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative elections and ideological divisions among Democrats are looming over major initiatives backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham — from new gun restrictions to recreational marijuana legalization and pension reform — during a second straight year of unified...

State Sen. Gabriel Ramos listens during the first day of the 2020 New Mexico Legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico may ratchet up tobacco oversight

Jan. 24, 2020 2:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by minors and young adults. Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would raise the age limit...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, two kayakers float the Rio Grande through Corrales, New Mexico. New Mexico officials said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands will be

New Mexico officials call US water rollbacks 'disastrous'

Jan. 23, 2020 5:42 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials on Thursday said the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's streams, arroyos and wetlands will be “disastrous” for the Southwest state. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been a constant...

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)

Lawmakers may lift secrecy from state financial settlements

Jan. 23, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would immediately disclose any new financial settlements that resolve accusations of wrongdoing by state officials under a bipartisan proposal introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday. The proposal, authored by Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque and supported by...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

Jan. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. The policy change,...

Schools, other beneficiaries to get $1B from state endowment

Jan. 23, 2020 12:44 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools, universities and other beneficiaries will share more than $1 billion from the state's permanent endowment funds. The State Investment Council said Thursday the amount that will be distributed over the next fiscal year will be more than ever before. It also marks...

New Mexico confronts backlog of wage-theft complaints

Jan. 23, 2020 12:08 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is struggling to clear a backlog of about 1,900 complaints of wage theft linked to enforcement of the state's minimum wage law. Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley on Wednesday urged legislators to fund two new staff positions to investigate complaints of employers...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is silenced by her granddaughter Avery Stewart while being escorted out following the State of the State address opening 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)

GOP leader chides Lujan Grisham for ignoring oil in speech

Jan. 22, 2020 2:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's leading House Republican said he found it “disrespectful” that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham failed to cite the oil and gas industry in her State of the State speech on Tuesday at a time when the industry is providing record revenues to the state's coffers...

New Mexico switches to new licensing test for teachers

Jan. 22, 2020 12:26 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has opted for a new teacher candidate exam system that will mean a higher price tag for those taking the test for the first time. Information from the state Public Education Department shows the change will cost teacher candidates up to $50 more for required assessments...

Chief Clerk of the Senate Lenore Naranjo, center, helps state Sens. Nancy Rodriguez and Mark Moores sign the roll at the beginning of the New Mexico legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico lawmaker wants to let college athletes profit

Jan. 22, 2020 12:21 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state legislator and former university football lineman wants New Mexico to allow its college athletes to profit financially from their fame as the NCAA looks into possibly removing a longstanding prohibition on student earnings from sports. State Sen. Mark Moores of...