SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.
A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.
Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Veterans Affairs officials in New Mexico say a review has determined there was no link between the deaths of dozen veterans and their place on the waiting list for medical care.
Amid an investigation into lapses in care, the New Mexico VA health care system initially identified 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor. Officials promised to investigate each case to determine if the wait was a factor in their deaths.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King is asking New Mexico's highest court to resolve a dispute over whether his campaign accepted excessive contributions after the June primary election.
King filed a lawsuit Monday asking the state Supreme Court to stop Secretary of State Dianna Duran from forcing him to give up $10,900 in contributions.
Duran contends King improperly collected $10,400 from a Taos couple and $500 too much from a Santa Fe retiree after last month's primary. Duran says King must deposit the contributions in a state fund.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say the Mine Safety and Health Administration put the repository's workers and the surrounding community at risk by not doing the inspections.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.
Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.
The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A commercial venture that sought to drill dozens of wells in western New Mexico in hopes of shipping the water to more populated areas is making another run at getting approval for the $600 million project.
Augustin Plains Ranch filed a new application with the state engineer's office Monday.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August if lawmakers don't approve a $3.7 billion emergency budget request.
Additionally, Johnson says Customs and Border Protection, whose agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the "current burn rate" as the agencies deal with a flood of children and families, mostly from Central America, streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak's top executive is to travel through New Mexico to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.
But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said Thursday no state official plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the administration never received a formal invitation.
Boardman is taking a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas to Albuquerque.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service wants to put up fencing as soon as possible on a portion of the Santa Fe National Forest as protections take effect for an endangered mouse found in New Mexico and parts of Arizona and Colorado.
The agency said previously it had made no decisions regarding the fencing, but a letter received by ranchers Thursday details a plan to put off-limits 120 acres along the lower Rio Cebolla.
The fencing would keep livestock out and a closure order would prevent campers from pitching tents in the area.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent federal agency is calling for an investigation into allegations that U.S. officials ignored a law requiring them to monitor, preserve and ultimately return human remains and relics to American Indian tribes.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has directed the Interior Department to investigate whether U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials in California and parts of Nevada and Oregon have violated the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.