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 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...

 

New Mexico Legislature weighs tax reforms

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators on Wednesday pushed forward with tax reform efforts aimed at reducing state government's dependence on a volatile oil and natural gas sector and providing steady funding for road maintenance, public schools...

 

New Mexico lawmakers to focus on public education overhaul

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An overhaul of New Mexico's struggling public education system is at the forefront of legislative priorities as an expanded Democratic majority arrives at the state Capitol for a 60-day session on Tuesday. The inauguration of...

 

New Mexico governor calls for greater educational spending

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's newly inaugurated Democratic governor is proposing a half-billion dollar increase in annual state spending on public education after years of austere budgeting by her Republican predecessor. Gov. Michelle Lujan...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    January 4, 2019

New Mexico governor suspends student testing system

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday set in motion the replacement of the current statewide standardized testing system with a pair of executive orders that also calls for removing those exam results from...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    January 2, 2019

Democrat Lujan Grisham takes oath as New Mexico governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The top job in New Mexico passed from one Latina governor to another Tuesday as Michelle Lujan Grisham took the oath of office, announcing it was time to spend more money on education and address climate change through the...

 

Court fines Texas-based oilfield waste disposal company

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators announced a $2.2 million fine Wednesday against a Texas-based oilfield driller and waste disposal company, though it was unclear whether the company could be compelled to pay. The New Mexico Oil, Minerals...

 

New Mexico election leaves few checks on Democratic power

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats who won nearly unbridled power over state government in midterm elections are confronting competing interests within their own ideologically diverse party, as the governor-elect pursues major reforms in ar...

 

New Mexico Democrats solidify control with midterm elections

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats ran roughshod over Republican candidates in New Mexico's midterm election, taking control of the governor's office, sweeping major statewide races and ensuring Democratic control of the state's top two courts....

 

Crime concerns take hold of New Mexico governor race

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political attack ads, fliers and recriminations from the Republican candidate for governor are thrusting issues of crime and punishment into the race as voting entered its final two-week stretch on Tuesday. Republican...

 

New Mexico GOP candidate publishes tax-return summary

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce and his wife published summary pages of their 2017 tax returns on Tuesday, offering a new glimpse into the personal finances of a Republican congressman and former oilfield...

 

Drug treatment program shows promising results in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A study released Thursday shows an initial reduction in arrests and other promising results from a pioneering drug treatment program in New Mexico in which police refer nonviolent drug users to comprehensive counseling and...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    October 3, 2018

New Mexico spaceport seeks taxpayer support for expansion

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The CEO of New Mexico's commercial spacecraft launch facility has stepped up pressure for more taxpayer support as lead tenant Virgin Galactic inches closer to its goal of flying tourists into the lower reaches of space....

 

Rate decreases coming to New Mexico health exchange

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Average rates for purchasing health insurance will decrease by about 1 percent on New Mexico's subsidized health care exchange in 2019, in a shift from choices a year ago. State insurance regulators say changes in rates for...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    August 31, 2018

FBI arrests 5 from New Mexico compound on firearms charges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI on Friday arrested five former residents of a ramshackle compound in New Mexico on firearms and conspiracy charges as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the property. Taos County...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    August 30, 2018

Dad, partner plead not guilty in toddler's compound death

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a filthy New Mexico compound and his partner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of child abuse resulting in death after lesser charges were dismissed against them and other...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    August 23, 2018

Oil boom may provide windfall to New Mexico, public schools

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A surge in New Mexico's income linked to an oil boom may give legislators an extra $1.2 billion to work with as they craft the next annual budget, state economists announced Wednesday. The windfall comes as New Mexico official...

 

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound....

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    August 16, 2018

3 accused of abuse at New Mexico compound await release

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Three people accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound were awaiting release Wednesday in New Mexico, where security was boosted at a courthouse amid threats against the judge who cleared the way for the defendants...

 

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