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New Mexico Governor Acts On Remaining BillsAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has until Wednesday to sign, veto or disregard dozens of unsigned bills.

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New Mexico Shields Farmers From Nuisance Complaints – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at protecting farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits by neighbors amid encroachment of urban sprawl.

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Sheriff: Crash Didn't Cause Secretary's DeathThe Associated Press

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department says New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward's death in a single-car accident today was not due to physical trauma and may have been linked to a medical episode.

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Former Provider Sues Over New Mexico Mental Health Shakeup Las Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A former behavioral health provider in southern New Mexico is suing a company that once managed the state's Medicaid dollars.

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House Panel Chairman: Gold King Mine Was Breached On Purpose - The Associated Press

The Republican leader of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine says the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team.

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Feds: Jemez Pueblo Abandoned Claim To Valles Caldera Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a Native American community in northern New Mexico doesn't have any claims to Valles Caldera National Preserve due to a 12-year statute of limitations on tribal land claims.

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Some New Mexicans Petitioning To Secede From Santa Fe CountyAssociated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Some residents of a New Mexico city are petitioning to secede from Santa Fe County to join a bordering county.

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State Officials Investigate APS Board Vice PresidentAlbuquerque Journal

The vice president of the Albuquerque Public Schools board is under investigation for seeking reimbursement for a cleaning bill.

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Santa Fe Archbishop: US Detention Policy WrongAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester says the federal government isn't giving detained immigrants due process and called on U.S. officials to change that.

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Family Of Man Shot Outside Home Sends Feds LetterAssociated Press

The family of a man shot outside his home as deputy U.S. marshals sought to arrest a homicide suspect nearby has sent a letter to federal officials, saying they have been stonewalled while requesting answers in the case.

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Colorado Officials Take Key Step In Gold King Mine Cleanup Durango Herald, Associated Press

The Silverton town trustees and San Juan County commissioners have voted to seek a Superfund designation to clean up of dozens of old Colorado mines, including one that tainted rivers in three states.

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Formally Requests REAL ID Waiver

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has formally requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements after state lawmakers passed a bill to revise the state's driver's license law.

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Budget Woes Could Call New Mexico Lawmakers Back To Work-Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature could be called back to the capitol for a special session later this year if state revenues continue their downward slide.

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Lawmakers Wrap Up 2016 Session – Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned after a 30-day legislative session. The House and Senate wrapped up work yesterday with major political compromises in place to revise driver's licenses for immigrants, overhaul the state's bail bond system and trim spending next year.

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UNM Researchers Have Low-Cost Method To Battle Zika – Albuquerque Journal

University of New Mexico researchers are looking to patent and produce a concoction of lemon grass oil and yeast to battle the Zika virus.

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$1M Donation To Boost Restoration Efforts Along Rio Grande – Associated Press

A $1 million donation from a nonprofit group is expected to triple the acres thinned along the Rio Grande Valley in northern New Mexico and help leverage more funding for restoration projects.

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New Mexico Legislature Sends REAL ID Bill To GovernorAssociated Press

New Mexico's Legislature has approved a plan to make New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

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New APD Policy Minimizes Use of Force – Albuquerque Journal

Officers in the Albuquerque Police Department are training under new guidelines that emphasize de-escalating situations as part of a larger reform effort.

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Panel Oks Revamped New Mexico REAL ID Bill With Fingerprints- Associated Press

A New Mexico Senate committee has passed a revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with an immigrant fingerprint provision sought by House Republicans.

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New Mexico Braces For Budget Crunch Linked To Oil PricesAssociated Press

Leaders of the New Mexico Senate are urging state agencies to institute cost-saving measures and plan to rewrite a budget for next year approved by the Republican-controlled House in response to declining revenue forecasts.

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DOE Chief Says WIPP Will Reopen This Year – Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Energy Secretary said the government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico will reopen by the end of the year.

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Sheriff Orders Internal Investigation Into Elderly Man’s DeathAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The sheriff of Bernalillo County has ordered an internal affairs investigation into the death of an elderly man after a standoff with deputies last fall.

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House Passes $6.3 Billion BudgetAssociated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico's Republican-led House of Representatives passed a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

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New Mexico REAL ID Compromise Passes 2nd Test-Associated Press

A second Senate committee has passed a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

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Lawsuit: Sheriffs Used Pepper Balls And K-9 On Elderly ManAlbuquerque Journal

Family members of an elderly man who was shot with pepper balls and taken down by a K-9 dog have filed suit against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Study Critiques APD Lapel Camera Policy – Albuquerque Journal

A new report finds policies on using lapel cameras in the Albuquerque Police Department are confusing and impact officers’ actions interacting with people on their beats.

 

Mistrust of government is at an all-time high. As part of our People, Power and Democracy project, Gwyneth Doland is moderating conversations between state lawmakers, policy experts, and New Mexicans to explore questions like: What reforms would increase your trust in government?

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Finger Print Provision Scuttles Deal On Immigrant LicensesThe Associated Press

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants who are in the country illegally provide finger prints when applying for a special driver identification card, under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations for identification.

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Medicaid Edges Out Political Agendas In New Mexico – Associated Press

Rising costs for health care linked to the expansion of Medicaid in New Mexico are crowding out initiatives sought by Gov. Susana Martinez.

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APS Seeks $575 Million In Bond ElectionAlbuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Public Schools is looking for more than half a billion dollars from voters in a bond election on Tuesday.

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