Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.
Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.
Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.
Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.
Nuke Dump Worker Sues Over Smoke Inhalation – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Delay Urged On Medical Marijuana Program Changes - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain unchanged until an advisory board makes its own recommendations and another public hearing is held.
Energy Secretary To Visit Troubled Nuke Dump - The Associated Press
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling to southeastern New Mexico to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump.
Moniz is scheduled to arrive in Carlsbad this evening, where he will participate in a town hall meeting to talk with residents about the radiation leak and a truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since February.
Test Scores In New Mexico Lower Than 5 Years Ago – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was five years ago.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That's down 4 percentage points since 2010.
New Mexico To See More Wet Weather Through Weekend - The Associated Press
Forecasters says New Mexico's weather will be wet, wet and more wet today and into the weekend, with the possibility of flash flooding Friday afternoon and evening due to a very moist air mass remaining over the state.
The National Weather Service says the risk of flash flooding today will be greatest near and west of the central mountain chain.
Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood Watch – The Associated Press
Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.
The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.
ICE Denies Late Night New Mexico Deportation Claim – The Associated Press
Federal immigration officials are denying allegations that immigrants held at a New Mexico detention center were being deported in the middle of the night.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Wednesday the women and children housed at the Artesia facility weren't being pulled from sleep to board removal flights to Central America.
Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds - The Associated Press
Immigration advocates who were allowed to visit a New Mexico detention center say women there are complaining that children aren't getting proper medical care and people are being deported before they can see a lawyer.
Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child Welfare – The Associated Press
The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.
New Mexico, which last year was in last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.
New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana program.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.
New Mexico Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash Edge – The Associated Press
New campaign finance reports show that Democratic challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara has raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.
However, Pearce still maintains an overall campaign cash advantage.
Pearce reported cash-on-hand of nearly $1.5 million at the end of last month and Lara had almost $712,000.
Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
Activists have submitted thousands of petition signatures to try to force a November vote in Santa Fe on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action on Tuesday submitted petitions bearing more than 7,100 signatures. They need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters to force a vote on their proposal.