ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of a federal nuclear safety oversight board calls the recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico "near misses." And he says operations and safety procedures were not performed with the rigor necessary for a defense nuclear facility.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.
In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a "premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the small village of Bosque Farms that borders the nearly dry Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, home and business owners have shelled out more than $600,000 a year recently for federally subsidized flood insurance. The payments covered claims that have totaled only $2,192 during the decades-old life of the program.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer in Sunday's fatal Albuquerque police shooting was hired by the department shortly after he was fired from New Mexico State Police in connection with a double-dipping scandal.
Detective Keith Sandy, a seven-year veteran with Albuquerque police, was fired by New Mexico State Police in 2007 following allegations a private contractor paid him for teaching classes while state police paid him to take classes.
Sandy never faced criminal charges in connection with the allegations.
ALBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico automobile dealers are suing the state attorney general over a new rule requiring inspections and damage disclosures for used vehicles before they're sold to the public.
Attorney General Gary King's office says his office now faces three separate lawsuits filed by the New Mexico Independent Automotive Dealers Association, the New Mexico Automotive Dealers and multiple individual dealers over the rule his office enacted.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.
The Alamogordo News reports "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" game cartridges were rumored to have been dumped in the landfill in the 1980s.
New Mexico Environment Department spokesman Jim Winchester says an approved waste excavation plan is needed before any dig.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.
Waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is halted because of a Feb. 5 truck fire and a Feb. 14 radiation leak that contaminated 17 workers.
Nuclear Waste Partnership says it and the Department of Energy propose to ship Los Alamos waste to a Waste Control Specialists site in Texas' Andrews County.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reports that about 103,000 low-income New Mexicans have enrolled in Medicaid since the state expanded who qualifies for the health care program last year.
Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the state is on track to meet projections that about 130,000 people will gain medical coverage during the first year of the Medicaid expansion.
Enrollment opened in October and services started in January. Medicaid provides health care for nearly 30 percent of the state's population.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The secretary of state's office says former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla has secured a place on the June primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for state treasurer.
Padilla turned in additional nominating petition signatures Tuesday to continue his candidacy after failing to win a place on the ballot at the Democratic pre-primary nominating convention earlier this month.