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Voters to decide on Santa Fe soda tax proposal

March 9, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe will hold a special election to allow voters to decide whether the city should impose a tax on sugary drinks to fund early childhood education programs. The City Council and Mayor Javier Gonzalez, who introduced the tax proposal, decided Wednesday in an 8-1 vote to put the measure [&hellip...

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New Mexico officials warn of escalating fire danger

March 9, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal land managers in New Mexico are warning people about escalating fire danger. This week, red flag warnings were issued throughout eastern New Mexico due to extreme fire danger, and the dry, windy conditions are likely...

New Mexico Senate approves cigarette tax hike

March 8, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico’s tax on cigarettes to $3.16 a pack has been approved by the state Senate. Senate Democrats backed the $1.50-a-pack increase Wednesday over Republican objections on a 24-16 vote. The bill now...

New Mexico governor vetoes industrial hemp bill

March 8, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a bill that would have created a research program for the industrial production of hemp. The second-term Republican governor vetoed the Democrat-sponsored measure Wednesday without comment. It...

New Mexico’s famed arena recognized for green features

March 8, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

The east side of University of New Mexico arena, known as The Pit, is seen in Albuquerque, N.M on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The U.S. Green Building Council has included the arena in a new report showcasing some of the most impressive sporting venues,...

Albuquerque councilors OK deadline for rape kit testing

March 8, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials have passed a measure requiring police officers to test sexual assault kits within three months of receiving them. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2lDRWst) the City Council approved the...

New Mexico congressman to hold town hall Saturday in Hobbs

March 8, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The sole Republican member of New Mexico’s congressional delegation has scheduled a town hall Saturday in Hobbs, the second such event that Rep. Steve Pearce will hold in eight days. The town hall will be held at the Lea County...

Governor considers special session if major issues linger

March 7, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks about the economic impact of a contract to install solar panels to power Facebook’s new data center, at a news conference in Albuquerque. Martinez said Tuesday, March 7, 2017 that...

Police: Missing woman from Roswell found dead along highway

March 7, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a missing Roswell woman has been found dead and the case is being investigated as a homicide. They say state Department of Transportation workers located the body of 49-year-old Maria Elena Aragon on Monday...

lbuquerque police press ahead with mandated reforms

March 7, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are moving forward to reform the police force in New Mexico’s largest city as part of a settlement over use of excessive force. There have been indications that scrutiny of local law enforcement by the federal...