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 By MORGAN LEE    Regional    October 9, 2020

Northern New Mexico district to pick its 1st congresswoman

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The two major party candidates competing to become the first woman to represent a Democrat-dominated New Mexico district squared off in their first televised debate Thursday that touched on solutions to poverty, environmental...

 
 By MORGAN LEE    Regional    October 9, 2020

New Mexico swing-district debate hinges on oil, border

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — GOP congressional challenger Yvette Herrell embraced President Donald Trump's border-wall strategy and burnished an anti-abortion, pro-petroleum philosophy in a bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small during a...

 
 By MORGAN LEE    Regional    August 7, 2020

Pandemic tests boundaries of remote work in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart has returned to New Mexico and is self-quarantining as a precaution against coronavirus transmission after working remotely for several months from a home in Philadelphia, a state... Full story

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 10, 2020

New Mexico governor wants voting reform, police body cameras

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor wants the Legislature to wade into potentially volatile issues of election procedure and police accountability during a special session next week that was initially scheduled for budget matters...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 5, 2020

New Mexico suspends consumer debt collection during pandemic

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is temporarily suspending consumer debt collection — such as garnishing wages or seizing assets — in response to the coronavirus pandemic and related economic downturn. The court ordered the...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 27, 2020

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and son...

 

Cities can't opt out of legal pot under new state proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and ready access to pot for...

 

Gasoline fundraiser for school supplies rankles and pleases

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A major U.S. oil company encountered criticism and appreciation Thursday for its pledge to donate $1 to local school projects for every tank of gasoline purchased, as New Mexico schools and state government grapple with an...

 

Trump targets border state with rally amid defiant Democrats

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Donald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last year, his party lost a House seat and the governor's mansion. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad....

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    August 16, 2019

GOP Senate candidate is expert witness, tiny-home enthusiast

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson works as an expert legal witness on Native American economic issues and lives in an experimental tiny home that is 15 feet (4.5 meters) long and wide, according to new financial...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    July 3, 2019

US election security official highlights email threat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Beware the phishing attempts. An election security official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday warned top state election officials nationwide to safeguard against fraudulent emails targeting state and...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 12, 2019

New Mexico proposes new cap on medical pot production

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico proposed new pot production rules Tuesday intended to shore up supplies to its medical marijuana program without flooding the rapidly expanding market. Under the proposal, the Department of Health would limit...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 22, 2019

Governor seeks reimbursement from US for migrant aid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Financial and logistical support for border communities coping with an influx of asylum-seeking migrants are on the agenda as the governor of New Mexico travels Tuesday to Washington to meet with federal officials. The...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 12, 2019

Space-tourism enters 'home stretch' toward commercial flight

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 10, 2019

Space-tourism enters 'home stretch' toward commercial flight

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism...

 

Trump sanctuary city idea could help some immigrants

PHOENIX (AP) — An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to "sanctuary cities" to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put do...

 

US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a former Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Morocco guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico in the early 1990s. The jury reached the...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    March 29, 2019

New Mexico weighs marijuana access to counter opioid crisis

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Pressure mounted Friday on Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration to make medical marijuana available to people struggling with opioid addiction. The state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted 4-0 to...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    March 13, 2019

New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    March 8, 2019

New Mexico moves toward legalizing recreational marijuana

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana when its House approved a bill that would allow state-run stores and require customers to carry a receipt with their cannabis or face penalties. The measure,...

 

Sweeping tax overhaul clears New Mexico House

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's billed by Democrats as New Mexico's best chance to save thousands of children from a life of poverty by investing more money than ever before in public education and other government programs. For Republicans, it's a...

 

New Mexico weighs new authority for oilfield regulators

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oilfield regulators would recover the authority to directly levy civil fines against well operators who fail to properly maintain equipment or spill waste under legislation backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The bill from...

 

New Mexico may open Medicaid to paying customers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would open its Medicaid program to new paying customers in an effort to expand affordable health care options under proposed legislation unveiled on Wednesday. The measure from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of A...

 

New Mexico governor joins alliance against climate change

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday committed her fledgling Democratic administration to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a boom in oil and natural gas production in the state, while...

 

New Mexico bills, governor test appetite for gun control

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led Legislature and governor pushed Thursday to increase oversight of firearms sales and place new limits on gun possession and ownership. During its 60-day annual legislative session, lawmakers could make New...

 

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