New Mexico News

New Mexico Utility Says Insurance to Help Pay for Coal Silo Failure

The investigation into the cause of a structural failure of a coal silo at a power plant in northwestern New Mexico is ongoing, but the plant’s operator says repairs are underway. Officials with Public Service Co. of New Mexico say …

$5M Settlement Reached in New Mexico Jail Death

A $5 million settlement has been reached in the death of a man who surveillance video and records show was repeatedly denied medical care after becoming violently ill inside a county jail, according to court records obtained by The Associated …

Tribe in New Mexico Requesting Federal Disaster Declaration for Flooding

New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the federal government for help as a Native American community in the state is recovering from the effects of severe weather and flooding. The delegation says a storm in early October damaged roads, bridges …

Wrong Walgreens Prescription Led New Mexico Man’s to Suicide Attempt, Suit States

A northern New Mexico man is suing Walgreens over claims a pharmacist erroneously filled a prescription for him, and that anti-anxiety drug led to a suicide attempt. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported an attorney for Anthony Gonzales filed a …

Workers at Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico Contaminated by Radioactive Material

Workers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico were contaminated after radioactive particles were released into the air inside the lab’s plutonium facility. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the lab accident last month was the second time …

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 …