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Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

SANTA FE – The proficiency of New Mexico’s elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of prelimina...

New Mexico races to spend federal rental assistance

SANTA FE – State agencies spent federal pandemic aid at a furious pace during the month of August, channeling about $630 million in efforts to bolster unemployment reserves, provide emergenc...

Jury seated in case of man suspected of killing Farmington woman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Opening statements in the case of a U.S. Air Force airman charged in the shooting death of a Mennonite woman are scheduled to start Friday. Mark Gooch, 22, faces up to lif...

Report: Pilot in deadly balloon crash had drugs in system

ALBUQUERQUE – A report from the Federal Aviation Administration shows the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in New Mexico in June had marijuana and cocaine in his system. Pilot Nichol...

Legislators sue to rein in governor on pandemic relief

SANTA FE – Legislators asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to limit Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s authority over more than $1 billion in federal relief. The lawsuit from the Republi...

GPS for defendants in Bernalillo County to be monitored 24/7

SANTA FE – Defendants awaiting trial in Bernalillo County who wear GPS devices will be monitored more closely from now on. The New Mexico Judiciary has announced the implementation of a plan...

Albuquerque OKs no-fares pilot program for city buses

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque’s public transit system won’t charge fares for riding buses during a 12-month experiment starting Jan. 1. City Council voted Monday night to approve the pilot progr...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

SANTA FE – A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico’s political map to boost Indigenous voters’ influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexi...

New Mexico hearing begins for next round of oil, gas rules

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico is now the nation’s second largest oil producing state, and environmental officials say more needs to be done to rein in pollution from the industry. They are propo...

Grand jury indicts ex-lawmaker in alleged kickback scheme

SANTA FE – A former high-ranking Democratic state legislator and Albuquerque public school administrator has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud...

Courthouse canine starts new job in Santa Fe

SANTA FE – The new judge you may see in the First Judicial District courthouse downtown is about 2 feet tall, weighs less than 70 pounds and has expressive, loving eyes. He also has four le...

New Mexico reports 5 cases of West Nile virus infections

SANTA FE – State health officials say they have identified five cases of West Nile virus infections across New Mexico and that wet weather may be a factor. The Department of Health said Frid...