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Morgan Lee
Position: The Associated Press

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

SANTA FE – Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October an...

New Mexico deploys absentee ballot drop boxes statewide

SANTA FE – Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who chose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local electi...

Native Americans draft redistricting proposals in New Mexico

Tribes seek greater self-determination in future elections

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production.

New Mexico sets rules to launch pandemic debt collection

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico’s court system is taking steps to ease financial upheaval as the state braces for a wave of foreclosures on delinquent mortgage loans and the state phases out a m...

New Mexico defends title as most Latino state in nation

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has retained its title as the nation's most heavily Hispanic state, with 47.7% of respondents to the 2020 census identifying ancestry linked to Latin America and other Spanish-speaking areas.

New Mexico shrinks reliance on for-profit prison operators

SANTA FE – New Mexico is on the cusp of finalizing prison takeovers that will reduce private prison operations to 25% of inmate beds, amid a plunge in prison population numbers statewide. Co...

Pardons for 19 New Mexico criminals, some who were violent

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has pardoned 19 people for convictions ranging from cocaine trafficking to domestic violence, bribing a witness and shoplifting, her office ...

New Mexico tries carrot-stick approach to boost vaccination

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico moved forward Monday with a carrot-and-stick approach to immunizations against COVID-19 with a renewed $100 payout to newly vaccinated residents. That $100...

EXPLAINER: Will New Mexico do enough to limit evictions?

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes in many states. Many of them lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and had fallen months behind on their rent.

New Mexico rolls out same-day voter registration program

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat-backed efforts to expand voter access in New Mexico are coming to fruition, with the rollout of same-day voter registration this month.

New Mexico seeks reforms at unemployment agency

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vowed Friday to replenish the state’s indebted unemployment insurance trust fund with federal relief money to avoid future tax increases to...