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Groups demand cattle be corralled to protect mouse habitat

Feb. 20, 2020 11:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are accusing U.S. land managers of failing to keep livestock and wild horses out of streams and other wetlands in Arizona's White Mountains, resulting in damage to habitat required by a rare species of mouse found only in the Southwest. The lawsuit filed Thursday...

Navajo Nation, San Juan County to pursue freight railroad

Feb. 20, 2020 11:09 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation and New Mexico’s San Juan County have entered into an agreement to pursue a freight railroad to serve the Four Corners area. Thursday’s agreement means cooperation between both governments to pave the way for rail service and the improvement of the...

New Mexico Rep. Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, R-Corrales, speaks after the end of the New Mexico Legislative Session in Santa Fe, N.M. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. New Mexico Democratic legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts more than a half-billion dollars over GOP objections. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico House Republicans say they see path to majority

Feb. 20, 2020 11:07 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Republicans say voter anger over a red-flag gun bill and overspending will help them reclaim the majority in 2020. House Minority Whip Rod Montoya said Thursday that Republicans will take back the New Mexico House in 2020 and challenge Democrats in key swing seats....

Republican lawmakers including House Republican minority leader James Townsend of Artesia, top center, consult with the lead attorney for the legislature, Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga, bottom left, as tensions flare between Republicans and Democrats on procedural maneuvers on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Legislature approved a $7.6 billion budget in the final hours of a 30-day legislative session that also included pension reforms, new college scholarships, stricter oversight of tobacco sales, new investments in early childhood education and incentives for rooftop solar. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers reach budget deal as tense session ends

Feb. 20, 2020 9:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts by more than a half-billion dollars, with new investments in early childhood education and college scholarships in a state afflicted by high rates of...

Police say human bones discovered in New Mexico city field

Feb. 20, 2020 9:39 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Human bones were found in a field near a city street in New Mexico but there are no clear indications about the deceased person's identify, police said. The Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of the discovery around 10 p.m. Tuesday, The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported....

Out-of-state applicants increase at University of New Mexico

Feb. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has confirmed an increase in the number of nonresident applications for the coming school year. There are 5,694 out-of-state applications, a 56% increase from last year at this time, when the school had received less than 3,700 out-of-state...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. New Mexico is suing Google over allegations that the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in U.S. District Court claiming that Google is using its education suite that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

Feb. 20, 2020 4:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education...

New Mexico official: Flu is more pressing concern than virus

Feb. 20, 2020 12:42 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's more important in New Mexico for residents to be concerned about the flu than the virus receiving global attention, the state Health Department said Thursday.. The COVID-19 virus should be subject to "heightened awareness"" but the flu “remains a more significant illness"...

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., as hundreds of advocates for gun rights rallied at the New Mexico Statehouse against a proposed red-flag gun law that has the support of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Democrat-backed bill would allow law enforcement officials or family members to seek court orders to seize firearms temporarily from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Gun control wins, marijuana loses at New Mexico Legislature

Feb. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 30-day legislative session in New Mexico has produced bills that bolster restrictions on firearms, underwrite college tuition, shore up a pension fund for government workers and expand state oversight of vaping and e-cigarette sales. But a bid to legalize recreational marijuana...

New Mexico counties partner to house juvenile defendants

Feb. 20, 2020 12:28 PM EST

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center will soon house youth from two more New Mexico counties as options for some counties shrink. The county commission this week approved contracts with Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties to keep youth at the facility in Farmington at a cost of...