Albuquerque Public Schools

UPDATED: Board Accepts Albuquerque School Chief's Resignation - Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

The board that oversees New Mexico's largest school district has unanimously voted to accept the resignation of its embattled superintendent, who hired an administrator charged with child sex abuse.

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Secretary Of State Accused Of Embezzlement, Money Laundering - The Associated Press

New Mexico's Democratic attorney general has filed a complaint in state district court, accusing Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran of embezzlement, money laundering and other campaign-finance violations.

Attorney General Hector Balderas' office filed the 64-count complaint in Santa Fe late Friday afternoon.


New Mexico Utility Tries Again With New Rate RequestAssociated Press

New Mexico's largest electric utility is renewing its request to raise rates, this time by more than 14 percent.


PRC Approves Utility's Deal With Environmental Groups Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The Public Regulation Commission has accepted an agreement between Public Service Company of New Mexico and three environmental groups about the utility's proposal for a coal plant.


New Mexico Rolls Out Work Rules For Food StampsAssociated Press

New Mexico is pushing back the timeline for certain low-income adults who will have to meet work and job-training requirements to remain eligible for food stamps.

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Lab Manager Settles Lobbying Claims With $4.8M PaymentThe Associated Press 

The managers of one of the nation's premiere federal laboratories in New Mexico have agreed to pay nearly $4.8 million to settle allegations of improperly using taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and others to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract.

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Knew Of 'Blow Out' Risk For Tainted Water At Gold Mine -
Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press

Internal documents show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.

Two Doña Ana County Women, Valencia County Man Have West Nile – Associated Press

Health officials say two women from Doña Ana County and a Valencia County man have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus.

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PRC Chief Of Staff Resigns Amid Records Lawsuit Controversy Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

Days after the Public Regulation Commission was criticized for a public records lawsuit they quickly withdrew, the commission's chief of staff will resign.

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Proposed Methane Rules Could Have Big Impact On State – Santa Fe New Mexican

Northwestern New Mexico’s San Juan Basin could see big impacts from a proposed federal regulation aimed at dramatically cutting methane gas emissions.


New Mexico Police Officers To Stand Trial For MurderThe Associated Press

A New Mexico judge has ruled that two Albuquerque police officers must stand trial on murder charges in the fatal, on-duty shooting of a homeless man that sparked angry protest in Albuquerque and helped lead to reforms.


Testimony Resumes In Albuquerque Police Shooting CaseAssociated Press

A judge could decide this week if a former and current Albuquerque officer should stand trial for the shooting death of a homeless man.


EPA Says Lead And Arsenic Levels Soared In Hours After SpillAlbuquerque Journal

River-water testing released Thursday showed soaring levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals when waste from the Gold King Mine flowed through Colorado and into New Mexico and Utah last week.

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New Mexico Green Chile Growers Pushing Guest Workers Program -
By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Chile growers in New Mexico say they need a guest worker program to survive and reverse the decline of the famed crop.

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Halt Mine Cleanup Field Work, EPA Chief SaysThe Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered agency offices nationwide to stop field investigation work for mine cleanups while they reassess the work to ensure there's no potential for spills similar to the one in Colorado.

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Google To Repay New Mexico $1M For Subsidiary ClosureAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Officials say Google Inc., will repay New Mexico nearly $1 million in economic assistance funds after announcing it was pulling a subsidiary out of the state.

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Navajo Nation President Plans To Sue EPA Over River Spill – Albuquerque Journal

The president of the Navajo Nation said Sunday that he intends to sue over a mining spill that dumped three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. 

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EPA Confirms Colorado Mine Spill Contains Heavy MetalsThe Associated Press

Federal environmental officials have confirmed the mustard-colored muck that surged into a river from a Colorado mine contained heavy metals including lead and arsenic, but they didn't immediately discuss amounts or health risks.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the spill also contained cadmium, aluminum, copper and calcium. EPA Regional Director Shaun McGrath did not mention whether the elements posed a health hazard but said local authorities were right to close the Animas River to human activities.

An EPA crew accidentally unleashed 1 million gallons of wastewater from the mine Wednesday. It flowed into the river through a tributary.

The Animas River is popular with boaters and anglers and runs into New Mexico. The EPA says tests also were being done there, but no information has been released.

French Couple Dead After Hike At White Sands; Child RescuedAssociated Press

Authorities say a man and woman from France have been found dead after hiking in White Sands National Monument.


Manslaughter Charges Dismissed Against Police In ShootingAssociated Press

A New Mexico judge has dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges but retained murder counts against two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a homeless man last year.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Bernalillo County MosquitoesAssociated Press

Health officials in Albuquerque say the West Nile virus has been detected in some mosquitoes in Bernalillo County.

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Testing No Longer Required For New Teacher Evaluations Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Districts are no longer required to evaluate first-time teachers based on test scores from the previous year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the state's public education department announced Monday that the exemption makes the evaluation process fairer for new teachers by replacing student improvement with observation, attendance data and other factors.


Explosions Shock Congregants At Two New Mexico ChurchesLas Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants at two churches in southern New Mexico.

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Man's Past Center Of Albuquerque Fatal Police Shooting Case - The Associated Press

The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is at the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

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A new report finds the state should end the year with more money than expected.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state is expected to see 2.5 percent more revenue, or about $155 million, than was anticipated by forecasters, including economists and policymakers for the Legislature and the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Navajo Nursing Home Faces Closure - The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation's only nursing home, which caters to nearly 80 elderly patients, is at risk of being shut down as the facility faces a hefty fine over safety code violations.

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Machines Eyed In Boosting New Mexico Green Chile Acreage Associated Press

A group of investors and inventors are set to launch a test run they believe could save New Mexico chile.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the group this week plans scaled-up trial runs of mechanized harvesting and de-stemming of green chile.

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PBS Special 'The Bomb' Seeks To Tell Story Of Atomic Weapon By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A new PBS special looks into the creation of the atomic bomb at the then-secret city of Los Alamos and will feature newly-restored footage of nuclear weaponry.

"The Bomb," which begins airing this week on most PBS stations, seeks to tell the story about deadly device as the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches.

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Drug Overdose Deaths At Record HighAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Last year was a record for drug overdose deaths in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the 536 deaths last year represented a 19 percent increase from the previous year. That comes after a two-year decline according to the Department of Health.

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Officials To Update Public On Cleanup Of Jet Fuel Spill Associated Press

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the African-American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE.

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Project Brings Broadband To Parts Of Northern New Mexico Associated Press

More than two dozen communities in northern New Mexico will now have broadband service thanks to one of the largest communication projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.