• California governor approves $250 million Olympics guarantee

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is approving legislation that puts California taxpayers on the hook for up to $250 million if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 Olympics and the Games go over budget.

  • The Latest: Republican budget negotiator foresees no layoffs

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on plans for a special legislative session in New Mexico (all times local):

    Updated: 6:53 pm

  • New Mexico Senate leader focuses on budget, not crime bills

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers grappled Thursday with how to address a major shortfall in revenues during the final hours before a special legislative session convenes, with no clear political pact yet for rewriting the state budget.

    Updated: 8:21 pm

  • Audit: New Mexico spends $500 million out of state

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Auditor has found that government agencies in New Mexico last year spend more than $500 million of taxpayer money out of state when it could have been spent locally.

  • A woman is wheeled away from the Hoboken Terminal train station on a stretcher Thursday Sept. 29, 2016, after a New Jersey Transit commuter train from New York barreled into the station during the morning rush hour, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Karen Matthews)

    The Latest: New Jersey doesn’t have key rail safety system

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey (all times local):

    Updated: 4:44 pm

  • Coalition opposes tax exemption for LANL, Sandia

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico coalition is pushing to prevent tax-exempt operators from taking over the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories and depriving the state of the labs’ hefty tax contributions.

    Updated: 2:02 pm

  • New Mexico governor convenes Legislature to rewrite budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday she will convene a special session of the Legislature to try and plug a budget shortfall linked a downturn in oil and natural gas markets and also push for a vote on whether to reinstate the death penalty.

  • Insurance regulator wants more time to pursue back taxes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s superintendent of insurance pleaded Wednesday for more time to recover unpaid taxes on insurance premiums and investigate at least one company, after an outside audit uncovered $193 million in uncollected state revenue.

  • New Mexico high court to settle dispute over pollution rules

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say New Mexico isn’t going far enough to protect the state’s limited groundwater supplies from copper mining operations.

  • Spending soars on medication at New Mexico state agencies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Spending on prescription medication by New Mexico state agencies is rising quickly as insurance coverage expands under Medicaid and demands for specialty drugs are met for everyone from prison inmates to retired state workers, a new study by the state Legislature has found.