New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing - The Associated Press
Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.
The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the Center on Law and Poverty, which filed the case on Wednesday in Gallup on behalf of parents of students in the Albuquerque and Gallup-McKinley school districts.
Another Radiation Release At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump - The Associated Press
New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.
Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.
Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees - The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press
Three utilities are asking a federal court to prohibit Bernalillo County from enforcing a new ordinance that imposes fees for using roads and other public rights of way for lines.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Gas Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico and CenturyLink contend that the county is improperly imposing franchise fees to get more revenue to pad its budget.
Union Awaits Info On Leak At New Mexico Nuke Dump - The Associated Press
A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump says its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository opens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has been off-limits to most workers for nearly three weeks.
Feds Rank NM Health Computer System As High Risk - The Associated Press
New Mexico was among the states rated as "high risk" after government security experts reviewed the vulnerability of computer systems being used to roll out President Barack Obama's health care law.
Documents provided to The Associated Press show more than two-thirds of states had potential security problems with systems designed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information.
Udall Sponsors Bill To Increase Primary Care - The Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall wants to increase access to primary care services in New Mexico and across the country.
The New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation that he says will address the growing shortage of doctors and other health care professionals in rural and underserved communities through a serious of programs and incentives, including those aimed at encouraging medical students to pursue primary care and work in rural communities.