Groups Sue Feds Over Drilling In Northwest New Mexico - The Associated Press
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.
The groups filed their lawsuit Wednesday as they prepared to rally at the State Capitol. They contend that more development and hydraulic fracturing could harm the environment and sites such as the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The suit names the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Interior Department.
NM Senate Panel Votes No On Right-To-Work Bill - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
A Senate panel has stopped the advance of a right-to-work bill that has drawn scores of people to the State Capitol for hours of hearings.
The Public Affairs Committee voted 5-3 yesterday to block a bill that prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment and includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage increase.
New Mexico Releases Details Of Child Vaccine Exemptions - The Associated Press
New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list.
The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state's largest district in Albuquerque stands at 7.2.
Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy – The Associated Press
Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.
The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.
The group includes representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.
New Mexico House Committee Votes In Favor Of Abortion Bills – The Associated Press
A New Mexico legislative committee has voted along party lines on a second abortion-related bill, this one requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.
The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 Friday, with Republicans in the majority. More than an hour earlier in an identical vote after a five-hour hearing, the panel approved a bill banning late-term abortions.
Albuquerque Police Sued Over Encrypted CDs In Shooting – The Associated Press
An Albuquerque law firm is suing the Albuquerque Police Department over what it say is encrypted records from a police shooting probe.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Kennedy Kennedy & Ives Law Practice recently filed the lawsuit in connection with records related to the shooting death of Armand Martin. Authorities say the 50-year-old Air Force veteran was shot by police during a standoff in May.
Vandalism Found In Petroglyph National Monument – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Graffiti and other vandalism have been found in a section of the Petroglyph National Monument in west Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that monument Superintendent Dennis Vásquez was exploring a section of the monument last week when he found debris, evidence of campfires, motorcycle tracks and graffiti.
New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On Lobbyists – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.