• In this This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez appears at the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Sanchez says he has been receiving racist calls and letters over the REAL ID debate. He's disappointed that some of the "hate" is coming from Hispanics against immigrants living in the country illegally.(AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

    Advocates backing revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Following an emotional meeting where senators revealed they were getting racist emails, a second Senate committee passed Friday a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

  • Downsized New Mexico budget set to House for vote

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.3 billion state budget with spending increases dominated by Medicaid, public schools and the state prison system is moving to the full House of Representatives for deliberations.

  • Jindal lawsuit against Common Core scrapped by new governor

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that he is ending Louisiana’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration over the Common Core education standards.

  • Louisiana Senate race draws its first Democratic candidate

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race has its first Democratic contender.

  • New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.

  • Measure supports storing spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a pair of nonbinding measures that would signal support for the development of a temporary storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the nation.

  • Uber, Lyft bill fixing New Mexico impasse heads to committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key House panel has approved a bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft.

  • Panel defeats bill banning use of ‘secret’ execution drugs

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don’t reveal the source of the drugs.

  • Campus beer, wine sales measure to go before committee

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s six public universities could see wine and beer sales on campus at sports and other special events under a plan that a legislative committee approved Thursday.

  • Legislative clerks in the New Mexico Senate including Michael Esquibel, foreground, load binders with new bills at the state capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. It was the final day for lawmakers to introduce new legislation. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

    Bills race into New Mexico Legislature, fight long odds

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers introduced a flurry of bills as the doors swung shut on new legislation at New Mexico’s state capitol on Wednesday.