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Friday News Roundup
8:31 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Headlines: House Repeals Immigrant Driver's Licenses, Medical Marijuana Rules...

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New Mexico House Votes To Repeal Immigrant Driver's LicensesThe Associated Press

The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed a bill that ends the state's practice of issuing driver's licenses to people suspected of being in the country illegally.

The bill passed after three hours of debate by a vote of 39-29, with two Democrats siding with the Republicans in the majority.

The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate for a vote.  Democrats have vowed to fight the legislation.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:40 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Headlines: Barelas Steps Up For Homeless, Forgotten Latino Scholar May Get School...

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Homeless Allowed To Stay On Vacant Lot Near Former Tent SiteThe Associated Press

Homeless people evicted from an encampment on city-owned property in downtown Albuquerque are being allowed to move to a nearby vacant lot owned by a neighborhood association.

Police and city officials earlier this week issued eviction notices giving people staying in the so-called "Tent City" to leave by Thursday.

The Barelas Neighborhood Association has given the campers permission to stay on piece of property that the association owns a few blocks away.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:36 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Headlines: Petroglyph Vandalism, Enhancing Sunshine Portal...

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Vandalism Found In Petroglyph National MonumentThe 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.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:59 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Headlines: Protecting Pregnant Workers, Tent City Eviction...

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Bill Would Protect Pregnant Workers In New MexicoThe Associated Press

A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for working pregnant women.

Representative Terry McMillan of Las Cruces says the state can do a better job protecting pregnant women in the workplace. He says his bill would bring the state in line with federal standards.

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers would include more flexibility of schedules as well as shorter hours or leave time.

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Monday News Roundup
8:43 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Headlines: Transparency In Santa Fe, Vote On Drivers Licenses...

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New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On LobbyistsThe 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.

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Friday News Roundup
8:41 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Headlines: Santa Fe Vaccination Mandate, Heated Rhetoric At Legislature...

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Santa Fe Schools To Enforce Vaccination Mandate For MeaslesThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe public school students without up-to-date measles vaccinations or valid waivers for medical or religious reasons won't be able to attend classes starting Feb. 17.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the district's stricter enforcement of state requirements for student vaccinations comes at a time when measles has been reported recently in other states.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Headlines: House Panel Eyes E-Cigarette Sales To Minors, Pipeline Application Withdrawn...

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New Mexico House Panel Eyes E-Cigarette Sales Ban To MinorsThe Associated Press

A New Mexico House panel is set to debate a bill that would outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors.

The House Health Committee is scheduled Thursday to take up a proposal that would add electronic cigarettes to the state's Tobacco Products Act.

Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, is sponsoring the bill.

Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a liquid solution, usually containing nicotine, to create vapor that users inhale.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:38 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Headlines: Santa Fe State Of The City, APD Officer Hurt In Hit And Run Accident...

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Santa Fe Mayor Wants Gender-Neutral Bathrooms, Film PushThe Associated Press

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales wants his city to have gender-neutral bathrooms and to launch a new push to attract film productions.

Gonzales made the proposals in his first State of the City address yesterday. The address was titled "One Santa Fe, One City, One Family."

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Headlines: State Minimum Wage And Immigrant Drivers Licenses, ABQ Crime...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Vote To Table Minimum Wage Increase - The Associated Press

A New Mexico panel of lawmakers voted along party lines to table two bills that called for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.50.

One of the bills spread the increase over three years and provided for an annual cost-of-living increase.

The vote on both bills was 4-3, with Republicans in the majority.

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Weekend News Roundup
8:56 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Headlines: Balloonists Land, Vaccine Exemptions Increase

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Pilots In Helium-Filled Balloon Land Safely In Mexico - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico on Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean.

The pilots landed off Baja California about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.

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Friday News Roundup
8:23 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Headlines: Winter Storm, Right-To-Work Passes A Hurdle

Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways – Associated Press

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:31 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Headlines: SunZia Halted, Former LANL Scientist Sentenced

New Mexico Land Commissioner Puts The Brakes On SunZia – Associated Press

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Headlines: Child Welfare Priorities, Jobless Rate Drops...

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New Head Of New Mexico Child Welfare Agency Lists Priorities – Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers want the new head of the state's child welfare agency to ensure federal dollars for services are used by the state rather than be returned.

Members of a Senate panel challenged Monique Jacobson, the incoming secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, during a meeting Tuesday.

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Tuesday News Roundup
6:18 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Headlines: State's Unbalanced Books, Job Training Program...

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Lawmakers Concerned About New Mexico's Unbalanced Books – The Associated Press

New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.

Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.

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Monday News Roundup
6:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Headlines: Tougher Child Sex Crime Penalties, Brotherhood Of Beer Brewers...

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Brewery Brotherhood Emerging In Albuquerque Area – The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

Albuquerque breweries are brewing not only beer but budding friendships — with each other.

A majority of the owners of the city's breweries tell the Albuquerque Journal that the industry here is anything but cutthroat.

Christopher Goblet, executive director of the New Mexico Beer Guild, says the brewers are small business owners who want to see others succeed.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:56 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Headlines: SunZia Powerline, AG's Behavior Health Findings...

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Federal Decision Expected On SunZia Transmission Line – The Associated Press

Federal officials are expected to make an announcement regarding a proposed $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico that has become a priority for the Obama administration.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be joined Saturday by members of New Mexico's congressional delegation for a news conference in Albuquerque.

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Local News
9:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Headlines: Bishops Push For Late-Term Abortion Ban, Modernizing Telecom Laws...

Those fighting the legality of late-term abortions may have a stronger position with the new makeup of the New Mexico state house. The state's Roman Catholic bishops are pressuring lawmakers to act.
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Bishops Want New Mexico To Restrict Late-term Abortions The Associated Press

Republicans' new control of the New Mexico House has the state's three Roman Catholic bishops urging lawmakers to enact a bill to restrict late-term abortions.

The GOP now has a majority in the House for the first time in decades, while Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:43 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Severe Driving Conditions SE NM, Ceiling Collapse At WIPP...

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Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Snowplows have been working to clear northern New Mexico highways of snow and ice from a major winter storm.

Difficult driving conditions are reported in much of northeast New Mexico and along I-40 east to the Texas line. Severe driving conditions are reported in the southeast.  See NMRoads.com or call 5-1-1 for the latest information.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:44 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: Difficult Driving Conditions Reported, Update From Legislature...

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Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.

Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Watrous.

The National Weather Service says the most significant impacts are expected overnight.

According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow today.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:01 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Headlines: NM Legislature To Convene Session, NM Child Poverty Report...

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New Mexico Legislature To Convene 60-Day SessionThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to outline her priorities as lawmakers gather in Santa Fe for the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

The Legislature will convene at noon today, and the governor will deliver her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

The governor's efforts could end up sailing through at least one chamber since she's starting her second term with the first Republican-controlled House in 60 years.

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Monday News Roundup
8:34 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Headlines: NM Senate Leader Last Firewall For Democrats, Shooting At ABQ Walmart...

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New Mexico Senate Leader Is Last Firewall For DemocratsThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Longtime New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is sure to face more pressure than ever when the legislative session begins tomorrow.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Sanchez is the last line of defense for Democrats with the Republican-dominated House likely to pass any bills favored by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

As majority leader, Sanchez is allowed to pick which bills get heard on the Senate floor.

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Headlines: Santa Fe Minimum Wage, Judge's Appointment...

Santa Fe's minimum wage workers who are able to work forty hours per week will earn an extra $7.20 a week starting March 1st because of an increase to the city's minimum wage.
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Santa Fe's Minimum Wage To Increase In March The Associated Press

Santa Fe's minimum wage is set to go up by 18 cents an hour starting March 1.

The annual adjustment is based on the latest Consumer Price Index for the western region. It will raise the local wage floor to $10.84, which keeps it among the highest in the nation.

The federal mandatory minimum remains at $7.25. The state minimum wage is $7.50.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Headlines: CNM Warns Of Budget Problems, Accused APD Officers Want DA Removed From Case...

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College President Warns Budget Problems May Force Cuts The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The president of the community college serving the Albuquerque area says fiscal belt-tightening might have to include cuts of low-enrollment classes.

Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd told employees and staff that she believes proposed increases in state funding are optimistic and that higher education could actually face funding cuts.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: AZ Provider To Leave NM, Open Enrollment Deadline...

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Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New MexicoThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Another APD Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting, Difficult Driving Conditions Northern NM...

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Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press

Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.

Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Wounded APD Detective Improves, Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Family Services...

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Albuquerque Police: Wounded Detective ImprovesThe Associated Press

Authorities say an Albuquerque police detective who was shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust is improving.

A police spokeswoman says the detective, identified Monday as Jacob Grant, has had three surgeries in recent days and more are scheduled.

Authorities say Grant and Holly Garcia, another undercover detective, were conducting a narcotics operation on Friday when the shooting occurred.

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot In $60 Sting Operation, Winter Weather On The Way...

Injured Albuquerque Officer Was Involved In Meth StingThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Police involved in an undercover operation that resulted in an officer shooting an undercover detective were trying to bust two men for selling $60 worth of methamphetamine.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that criminal complaints against two drug suspects describe how one of them met with an undercover officer on Friday to buy "shards," a slang term for meth.

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Local News
7:30 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Headlines: Mexican Trucks To Haul In U.S., Undercover Officer Shot By APD, Violence in Cruces...

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US To Allow Mexican Trucks In With Screening The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs, potentially ending a longstanding dispute.

It says it expects the move to permanently end Mexico's on-again, off-again retaliatory tariffs on $2 billion in U.S. imports.

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Friday News Roundup
2:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: $53M Transmission Project Approved, Balloon Pilots Wait To Attempt Record

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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Outlines Agenda

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly elected New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is reviewing the practice of allowing private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the AG's office.

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Thursday News Roundup
11:28 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: State Cuts Lottery Scholarship, Suspect In Officer Shooting Pleads Not Guilty...

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State Cuts Lottery Scholarship - KOB-TV

New Mexico college students attending school on the Lottery Scholarship will not receive 100 percent tuition this spring.

KOB-TV reports the state Higher Education Department notified universities last month there wasn’t enough money in the fund and to let students know.

But some students weren’t informed until this week that the Lottery Scholarship would cover 95 percent of tuition costs for the Spring 2015 semester.

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