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Human rights panel to hear Navajo uranium contamination case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group representing Navajo communities is presenting its case to an international human rights body, saying U.S. regulators violated the rights of tribal members when they cleared the way for uranium mining in western New Mexico years ago.

Tech Company connected to ex-NM house member files federal suit

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The company at the center of the fraud case against former House Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton claims they are an innocent victim. The owner of Robotics has filed a federal suit to get almost a half-million dollars the feds have seized.

Teachers in Texas are told they must teach ‘opposing’ views of the Holocaust

A Texas school district has once again become the center of controversy after an administrator reportedly instructed teachers to provide students with “opposing” views of the Holocaust. Gina Peddy, the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, is alleged to have made the

Police searching for escaped Chaves County jail inmate

ROSWELL, N.M. – Police are looking for a man who on Sunday escaped from the Chaves County Detention Center. According to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Cobos, 37, escaped from jail late Sunday. Cobos is described as having tattoos all over his neck and face. If seen, deputies are encouraging

New Mexico imprisons people at a higher rate than some countries

Lawmaker says state is behind even Texas on criminal justice reform A new report shows that New Mexico imprisons people at a higher rate than most U.S. states and every other country in the world, and there is little correlation between high incarceration rates and violent crime. The Prison Policy Initiative found that

Former state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton indicted on criminal charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Former state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton on Monday was indicted on 28 criminal charges. According to court documents filed Monday morning with the Clerk’s Office,  Williams Stapleton’s charges include ten counts of 4th Degree Felony Engaging in an Official Act for Personal Financial Gain, seven counts of racketeering and four

New Mexico Supreme Court adopts new rules to help prevent foreclosures

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court outlined rules aimed at helping New Mexican at risk of losing their homes. The new rules require that a homeowner is given information about their loan and possible ways to avoid losing their home. These new rules will apply to any foreclosure filings

Federal judge blocks Biden’s pause on new oil, gas leases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered an end to the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water. The judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit by Louisiana’s attorney general and officials in 12 other states. Those states say the