Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision - Associated Press
The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility's energy conservation programs.
The court issued its ruling Thursday, saying the decision by the Public Regulation Commission was consistent with state law.
NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing - The Associated Press
The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.
Nearly 300 NM Towns Face Water Crisis- Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
A state review says around 300 New Mexico community water systems are vulnerable to drought, dropping water tables and aging infrastructure.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a state task force review to be made public Wednesday says towns or villages often depends on a single water source making them unguarded to drought and contamination.
Judge To Decide Whether To Block Horse Slaughter - Associated Press
A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide Friday whether companies in New Mexico and Iowa can begin slaughtering horses next week.
The Humane Society of the United States and others are requesting a restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, from opening their slaughterhouses as planned on Monday.
NM Governor Issues Emergency Assistance Order - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez is making emergency assistance available in areas of New Mexico damaged by recent storms and flooding.
The governor issued an executive order on Tuesday that provides $500,000 to the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for a wide range of aid, including for emergency shelter, food and health care.
Martinez also directed the New Mexico National Guard to provide any needed assistance to local authorities.
Court Asked To Safeguard NM Mental Health Audit - Associated Press
The attorney general's office says an agreement has been reached for State Auditor Hector Balderas to have access to an audit that identified potential overbillings and fraud by behavioral health providers.
Chief Deputy Attorney General Al Lama said Thursday a state district judge in Santa Fe has been asked to issue an order making clear the audit report will be protected from public disclosure once it's provided to Balderas.
New Mexico Gets $12M Federal Education Grant- Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico will receive an additional $12.5 million in federal money over four years to improve early childhood education. The money is on top of $25 million the U.S. Department of Education awarded the state last year through the national "Race to the Top" competitive grant program. Martinez said the money will be used to help improve early reading skills of students and ensure children are ready to learn when they enter elementary school.
NM Attorney General Not Defending Gay Marriage Ban- The Associated Press
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says a state prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
King told the state Supreme Court on Monday in written arguments that it should invalidate the gay marriage ban if the justices agree to consider a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.