New Mexico News

New Mexico Prosecutor, Insurance Company Spar Over Premium Taxes

A standoff over millions of dollars in unpaid insurance premium taxes is escalating between New Mexico’s attorney general and the state’s largest health-care insurance provider. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas this week renewed accusations that a for-profit insurance arm …

New Mexico Sues 8 Drug Manufacturers, Distributors over Opioid Epidemic

New Mexico has sued eight opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributors, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold corporations accountable for a national drug addiction epidemic. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas accused Purdue …

California Wildfires Feeding on Grass Fed by Winter Rain

Wildfires driving people from their homes in California and throughout the West have had help from an unlikely source: the rain. Major winter downpours that pulled the state out of years of drought also brought a layer of grass that …

New Mexico Gets $50M Tobacco Settlement Payment

New Mexico this year will receive the largest tobacco settlement payment it has ever received from the industry. The state attorney general’s office made the $50 million announcement this week, saying the payment includes an additional $14.5 million as a …

New Mexico City Settling Cell Beating Lawsuit for $400K

The city of Las Cruces, N.M. has agreed to pay $400,000 to a man who claims police officers used excessive force on him when he was detained in a holding cell. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that the settlement figure …

New Mexico Regulators Approve Reopening of Troubled Nuclear Dump

New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely. Two letters …

New Mexico Farming Firm Expected to Lose $4M over Breach

A breach earlier this year in the water delivery system that serves Navajo Agricultural Products Industry is expected to end up costing the tribal business in New Mexico more than $4 million in lost revenue. The Daily Times reported the …

New Mexico’s Auditor Wants Second Audit Of Insurance Taxes

New Mexico’s state auditor is calling for a new audit into whether health-insurance companies have been underpaying the premium taxes they owe. The Albuquerque Journal reported that State Auditor Tim Keller asked that a new independent accounting firm should be …

New Mexico Insurance Regulator Says Back Taxes Audit Inaccurate

New Mexico’s superintendent of insurance is saying an audit into his office’s failure to collect some $190 million in back taxes from insurers was based on incorrect data. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that in a letter Tuesday to …

Immigrant License Applications in New Mexico Slow as Cutoff Approaches

The number of immigrants seeking driver’s licenses in New Mexico has slowed but remains on pace to reach a four-year high as a deadline approaches to comply with federal ID requirements, according to a review by The Associated Press. Data …