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New Mexico Supreme Court denies Senate vacancy petition

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday denied an emergency petition that sought to speed up the process for filling a state Senate vacancy before the end of the legislative session. The court issued a brief order and offered no explanation for the decision. Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa [&hellip...

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New Mexico House panel OKs mental-illness treatment bill

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico House panel has passed a proposal that would require some residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment. The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to forward the measure on to the...

Las Cruces man gets federal prison term for drug trafficking

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a prescription drug trafficking case. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Kyle Mendenhall also was sentenced Thursday in a Las Cruces federal court to three years of...

New Mexico Senate OKs bill to overhaul powerful water panel

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has approved legislation that would revamp the membership of the power Interstate Stream Commission. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe cleared the chamber Thursday on a 28-13 vote. It...

New rule clears way for NM oil producers to reuse water

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oil and gas developers will be able to reuse water that’s produced during drilling operations under a new rule approved by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission. The rule includes requirements for the protection of fresh...

NM Senate panel approves two-tier driver’s license bill

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Senate committee has approved a two-tier driver’s license bill, sending it on for a full Senate vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve the measure that calls for two distinct licenses,...

Bill to limit lobbying by former officials stalls in Senate

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would keep former elected leaders and other state officials from lobbying for two years after leaving their government positions has stalled in the New Mexico Senate. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Dines of...

Film tax credit bill clears New Mexico Legislature

March 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would encourage the film industry to buy and hire locally has cleared the New Mexico Legislature. The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. William Payne of Albuquerque was unanimously approved by the Senate last week. The...

Audio of Durst in bathroom could play 2 ways in murder case

March 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this March 16, 2005, file photo, Robert Blake, right, kisses his attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach as Schwartzbach holds up Blake’s ankle monitor, after Blake was found not guilty in his murder trial for the death of his wife Bonny Lee...

New Mexico regulators hear from public about power plant

March 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday listened to dozens of supporters and critics of a plan to shutter half of an aging coal-fired power plant that supplies electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. Some called for...