• $9.5 million in penalties in platform blast, Gulf violations

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers.

  • New Mexico considers special chile pepper license plate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

  • New Mexico lawmakers seek new powers for oil regulators

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would restore one agency’s authority to impose administrative penalties against oil and natural gas well operators in connection with petroleum and wastewater spills, under a bill endorsed by a Senate panel on Thursday.

  • Fishermen at odds over impact of Trump executive order

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An executive order by President Donald Trump designed to radically cut back on federal regulations has spurred disagreement among fishermen about how it will affect them — and lawmakers and regulators aren’t sure what the answer is.

  • INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

  • ‘It saved my life’: Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

    CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation’s opioid-addiction crisis.

  • New Mexico considers restricting guns in Statehouse

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Visitors to the New Mexico state capital would no longer be able to openly carry firearms under a bill endorsed by a panel of lawmakers.

  • New Mexico lawmaker withdraws bill to ban wildlife traps

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would outlaw the trapping of wildlife on public land in New Mexico is being rewritten in response to criticism at a legislative hearing.

  • The Latest: Discussion delayed on powers for oil regulator

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on increasing New Mexico’s regulatory powers over oil and gas drillers (all times local):

  • New Mexico contemplates new powers for oil regulators

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature may restore the state’s authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 per day against oil and natural gas companies for violations of operating and environmental rules.