WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says an immigration detention center in town will be open for a year — and maybe longer.
Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so Central American immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says the average stay for immigrants there will be 30 days.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state regulator says officials investigating a radiation leak from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said Thursday that the Department of Energy's accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New Mexico for about three weeks.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces plans to seek a recount after official primary election returns showed her losing by 16 votes in a three-way contest. Garcia said Wednesday she would file for a hand recount.
The Dona Ana County Commission certified election results Tuesday, with Bealquin "Bill" Gomez of La Mesa winning with 410 votes, or 47.8 percent of the ballots cast. Garcia received 394 votes or 46 percent. Christian Lira finished with 53 votes.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protest outside of a hotel where Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden spoke got heated while Eden told business leaders he was committed to reforming his embattled department. Demonstrators say a Hotel Albuquerque staff member shoved one protester Wednesday and slapped down the cell phone from another during a picket.
Around two dozen demonstrators picketed to demand Eden resign and to call for immediate reforms within the Albuquerque police amid a pending U.S. Justice Department agreement over use of force.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.
King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.
Martinez has aired television campaign ads for weeks and has more than $4 million in the bank that she built up as a national political star. She's the nation's first female Hispanic governor.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's longest serving legislator has turned back a Democratic primary election challenger but faces a Republican opponent this fall.
Rep. Nick Salazar defeated former legislator Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County contractor who told northern New Mexico voters that Salazar was too old to serve another term. Salazar received more than 60 percent of the vote in unofficial returns Tuesday.
The 85-year-old incumbent, a Democrat from Ohkay Owingeh, is finishing his 42nd year in the House.
PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — Voting traffic at the polls for the New Mexico primary is reportedly slow as officials predict a low turnout.
A precinct judge at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Station voting site in Placitas said only four voters cast ballots during the first hour and a half of voting Tuesday.
Andrew Winsor, a presiding judge at the La Cueva High School voting site in Albuquerque, said 45 people had voted in the first two hours. He was hoping for at least 400 people voting by the end of the day.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.
About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gets most of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, but state officials say that could change and lead to higher electricity bills thanks to new federal guidelines aimed at reducing pollution.
The Obama administration unveiled its long awaited proposal on Monday. It calls for curbing carbon dioxide emissions at power plants by nearly a third by 2030. Specific goals have been set for each state.
QUESTA, N.M. (AP) — Chevron Mining Inc. has announced its closing its molybdenum mine in northern New Mexico due to low demand.
The San Ramon, Calif.-based company said Monday around 300 miners in Questa were given a 60-day notice of their layoffs as required by federal law.
Chevron spokeswoman Margaret Lejuste says decision was "made after an intensive review of the economic viability of the mine." She says the price of the steel hardening element isn't covering the operation of the mine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of migrant children trying to cross the Mexican border without their parents is being called an "urgent humanitarian situation" — and it's likely to cost the government more than $1 billion more than the Obama administration had expected.
President Barack Obama described the situation at the border in stark terms in a presidential memorandum Monday outlining the government's response and putting Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate in charge of coordinating the effort.