CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work has resumed at southeastern New Mexico's nuclear waste repository. But officials say they don't yet know what caused the truck fire that forced an evacuation of the underground site.
A spokesman says an investigation will be conducted at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where low level waste from the nation's nuclear weapons plants is stored in salt beds.
The site was evacuated and six people were treated for smoke inhalation after a truck hauling salt caught fire Wednesday.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say six people have been released from the hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation after a truck caught fire in the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.
Officials say a truck hauling salt caught fire in the north mine about 11 a.m. yesterday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to restrict firearms in part of the New Mexico Capitol has cleared a House committee but a similar proposal failed in a Senate panel.
The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure yesterday to ban firearms, except by law enforcement officers or people with concealed handgun licenses, in the House chambers, galleries and comittee rooms.
The proposal would establish the ban as rule of the House rather than changing state law. The measure goes to another House panel.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel is recommending the New Mexico Legislature approve a proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation that would allow the state's largest tribe to open more casinos.
The Committee on Compacts voted 12-4 yesterday to forward the gambling agreement to the House and Senate for a vote this session.
Navajo leaders said after the meeting that they are confident of winning legislative approval for the gambling agreement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released a 911 recording linked to an address where a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy was found dead six months later.
On the 911 call released yesterday and recorded June 2013, a male is heard verbally abusing and using expletives at someone named "Omaree." A woman's voice also is heard screaming as a child cries in the background.
Albuquerque police later traced the call to the same site where 9-year-old Omaree Varela would be found dead in December.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque yesterday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.
No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel has approved a proposal to study whether New Mexico should pay part of the costs for keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief route, but lawmakers are reluctant to immediately commit money for maintaining and improving the track.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Public Education Department is allowing some high school students to count activities such as marching band, athletics and Junior ROTC for their physical education requirement.
A recent from the department updates rules on waivers. It says current seniors and some juniors can be grandfathered in under old rules if districts apply for waivers.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill advancing in the New Mexico House would toughen penalties for repeat drunken-driving offenders.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the bill would increase prison sentences for fourth and subsequent DWI offenses to 30 months in prison, up from 18 months. Also, 18 months of the 30 months could not be suspended or deferred.
In addition, the bill would make an eighth or subsequent offense a felony punishable by a 12-year prison sentence, of which 10 years could not be suspended or deferred.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in a trial of a Chinese national prosecutors said helped more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a jury on Monday heard statements in the trial of Hai Gan in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.
The 56-year-old Texas resident has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts of fraud and eight counts of transporting undocumented, among other charges.
U.S. attorney Randy Castellano says the case is about pure greed.