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 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...

 

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...

 

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