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Proposed NM Budget Contains Ambitious Measures

THE PROPOSED STATE BUDGET FOR THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT STARTS JANUARY 21ST IS SAID TO BE AMBITIOUS. IT INCLUDES PUBLIC SAFETY REFORMS TO ADDRESS TERRORISM AND MASS SHOOTINGS, LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND TUITION-FREE COLLEGE. THE BUDGET ALSO PROPOSES REINSTATING TAX CREDITS FOR ROOF TOP SOLAR PANELS AND MAKING PHARMACEUTICAL IMPORTS FROM CANADA A LOT…MORE

Bill Would Suspend Fracking in NM

WHETHER IT’LL BE CONSIDERED THIS YEAR BY THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE ISN’T KNOWN…BUT A DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKER FROM ALBUQUERQUE WANTS TO SUSPEND NEW PERMITS FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING UNTIL THE THE YEAR 2024. SENATOR ANTOINETTE SEDILLO-LOPEZ HAS PRE-FILED A BILL, CALLING FOR STATE AGENCIES TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF FRACKING. LARRY BEHRENS WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY ADVOCACY…MORE

NM Kids Count Survey Fluctuates

NEW MEXICO’S CHILD POVERTY RATE HAS GONE UP. THAT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK. IT SHOWS THAT 26 PERCENT OF NEW MEXICO’S CHILDREN LIVED IN POVERTY IN 2018. THAT RANKS 49TH OUT OF THE 50 STATES. THE YEAR BEFORE, NEW MEXICO RANKED 48TH. THE POVERTY RATE FOR HISPANIC CHILDREN WAS 30-PERCENT…AND FOR…MORE

Murder Added to Charges Against Accused Gunman

MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS AFTER A TRIPLE MURDER OCCURRED IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO, THE ACCUSED GUNMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS THAT 19 YEAR OLD BISHOP HENDERSON HAD ALREADY BEEN CHARGED WITH LESSER COUNTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING. HENDERSON REMAINS BEHIND BARS AT THE LEA…MORE

Murder Trial Delayed a Third Time

FOR A THIRD TIME, TRIAL HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR TWO BROTHERS ACCUSED IN A TRIPLE MURDER IN DIXON, NEW MEXICO IN 2018. THIRTY-SIX YEAR OLD ROGER GAGE AND 34 JOHN POWELL ARE ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TO DEATH THREE PEOPLE, EXECUTION STYLE, IN THE SMALL NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY. THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN REPORTS THAT…MORE

Sandia Economic Report Released

EVERY YEAR, SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORY IN ALBUQUERQUE RELEASES ITS ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT. PAUL SEDILLO IS THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM MANAGER AT SANDIA. HE TELLS US TOTAL LAB EXPENDITURES EXCEEDED 3-POINT-6 BILLION DOLLARS, REPRESENTING A 400-MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE LAB’S WORKFORCE EXCEEDED 14-THOUSAND EMPLOYEES WITH WITH OVER 12-THOUSAND OF THOSE WORKERS HERE…MORE

New Mexicans Could Get Tax Rebates

A REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER IS PROPOSING A NEW MEXICO TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS. REPRESENTATIVE ROD MONTOYA OF FARMINGTON SAYS HE’LL INTRODUCE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DURING THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALLOW FOR TAX REBATES. THE MEASURE WOULD ALSO RESTRICT ANNUAL SPENDING AND REQUIRE ANY FUTURE TAX INCREASES TO BE APPROVED BY A…MORE

Family of Woman Shot Sues BCSO

THE BERNALILLO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS BEING SUED BY THE FAMILY OF A 28 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO WAS SHOT 20 TIMES BY DEPUTIES. THE LAWSUIT SAYS ONE OF THE OFFICERS NEW ELISHA ROMERO HAD MENTAL PROBLEMS BUT A CRISIS INTERVENTION SPECIALIST WAS NEVER CALLED TO THE SCENE. ROMERO’S FAMILY HAS FILED A WRONGFUL DEATH…MORE

Large Casks for the WIPP Site

IT’S OVER 8 FEET SQUARE, 14 FEET IN LENGTH AND COMES IN AT 50-THOUSAND POUNDS WHEN FULLY LOADED. IT IS THE TRANSURANIC PACKAGE TRANSPORTER MODEL 3 OR “TRUPACT-3. THE USE OF THE LARGE SHIPMENT CONTAINERS TO GET WASTE TO THE WIPP SITE OUTSIDE CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO, WAS SUSPENDED SIX YEARS AGO WHEN A TRUCK FIRE…MORE

Changes at San Juan County Jail

NO MORE VISITS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF INMATES AT THE SAN JUAN COUNTY JAIL IN NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THE JAIL IS NOW OFFERING THE PHONE, ONLINE OR VIDEO CHATS USING THE APP CALLED “GETTING OUT.” COUNTY SPOKESMAN DEVIN NEELEY SAYS IT GIVES VISITORS A CHANCE TO NOT TRAVEL SO FAR…MORE

Shipments Resume at NM’s WIPP Site

NEW MEXICO’S WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT IS BACK IN BUSINESS. IT’S BEEN SIX YEARS NOW SINCE THE REPOSITORY IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO TOOK NUCLEAR SHIPMENTS … BUT IT TOOK ITS FIRST SHIPMENT OF NUCLEAR WASTE RECENTLY FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER SITE SOUTH CAROLINA. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS OFFICIALS SAY THE CASKS BEING SENT TO THE…MORE

Lawmakers Working on Legislative Budget

EVEN THOUGH THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION DOESN’T BEGIN UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY, LAWMAKERS ARE ALREADY AT WORK IN SANTA FE. THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS THAT THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS SCHEDULED BUDGET HEARINGS FOR MORE THAN 50 STATE AGENCIES THIS WEEK. ADOPTING A BUDGET WILL BE THE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE DURING THIS SHORT,…MORE

Cash Offered tor Leads in Albuquerque Woman’s Murder

THE SEARCH FOR LEADS IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF JACQUELINE VIGIL CONTINUES NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER HER DEATH. AND NOW, CRIMESTOPPERS SAYS, THE REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON THE CASE IS NOW UP TO 75-HUNDRED DOLLARS AFTER 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS ADDED TO THE TOTAL. VIGIL WAS GUNNED-DOWN IN THE DRIVEWAY OF HER WEST SIDE HOME IN…MORE

Long Standoff at Medical Marijuana Dispensary

AN HOURS-LONG SWAT STANDOFF IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS COME TO AN END. A MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER POLICE SAY HE BROKE INTO A MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS AT MENAUL AND JEFFERSON. APD’S GILBERT GALLEGOS SAYS AN ALARM WENT OFF AT R. GREENLEAF AROUND 2:30 TUESDAY MORNING, AND A MAN WAS SEEN INSIDE AN ADJACENT BUSINESS. GALLEGOS…MORE

Hacked P-R-C Closed for Repairs

THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION SAYS ITS COMPUTER NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED…AND THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE P-R-C WEB SITE, WILL BE DOWN FOR TEN DAYS OR SO. PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER DESWOOD TOME TELLS NEWSRADIO KKOB THE INCIDENT HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY. HE SAYS THEY’RE CONDUCTING AN ASSESSMENT NOW WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY…MORE

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