• 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers’ push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn’t include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers — despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.

  • Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

  • New Mexico police may get hate-crime protections

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal in to add law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians as protected classes to New Mexico’s hate crimes law has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

  • Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.

  • New Mexico Senate passes version of a ‘Kendra’s law’

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A year after a similar bill died amid partisan bickering, the New Mexico Senate passed a proposal Friday that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.