• Compensation in 2015 for New Mexico lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Here is a list of the compensation received by New Mexico legislators in 2015, according to Department of Finance and Administration records. Lawmakers receive payments for daily expenses, mileage and travel to out-of-state legislative conferences. They are not paid an annual salary.

  • Nation’s only unsalaried legislature is well compensated

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.

  • Official details storm’s lasting effects on dairy industry

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed New Mexico’s dairy industry, the state’s top agriculture official warned lawmakers Monday.

  • Bill ending social promotion stalls in New Mexico Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that calls for New Mexico third graders who don’t show proficiency in reading to be held back has stalled in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee.

  • AG: No pattern of fraud found with 10 nonprofit providers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ten nonprofits that had provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans were cleared Monday of fraud allegations as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office, but state officials maintain there was still public money that was misspent.

  • Gallup senator’s detox center proposal goes before committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state’s liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets members of the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Clinton calls Flint water crisis ‘immoral’ in break from NH

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Taking a detour from New Hampshire’s campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was “immoral” and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community’s battle with lead-contaminated water.

  • Bill proposes adding qualifications for sheriff candidatses

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal has been approved by the state Senate’s Public Affairs Committee that would increase the necessary qualifications needed to for sheriff in any New Mexico county.

  • In this Feb. 4, 2016, photo, teacher Jessica Ries passes out writing assessment tests to her fourth-grade students at Hayward Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ries is one of many teachers working two jobs in South Dakota, a state that ranks last in teacher pay. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

    Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, photo, coal ash is removed from the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., to be transported by rail to a permanent site in Virginia. Duke Energy Corp. is digging up and hauling away from riverbanks the toxic coal residues two years after one of the worst coal-ash spills in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

    EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country’s largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.