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New Mexico permanent funds shrink amid energy bust

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rainy day funds overseen by the state of New Mexico have been drawn down by almost 2 percent during the past year as spending on public education and infrastructure projects outpaces investment income and revenues linked to the oil and natural gas industries. The New Mexico State Investment Council said Monday that assets declined by ...

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New Mexico Gas Co. plans natural gas pipeline to Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico. Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline. The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/CTuQez ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are ...

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Pumping on hold as fire burns at New Mexico oil facility

NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out. WPX says it ...

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Texas retail gasoline prices down 3 cents this week

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COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas gasoline prices have slipped 3 cents per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average at the pump was $2.06 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying an average $2.22 per gallon, down 4 cents from a week ago. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average ...

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AP Exclusive: Texas governor to miss Republican convention

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will miss next week’s Republican National Convention as he recovers from extensive burns after being scalded by hot water — meaning his state’s large delegation to Cleveland will be without its chosen chairman. Spokesman Matt Hirsch told The Associated Press on Tuesday that doctors said it would be “irresponsible” for Abbott to ...

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New Mexico budget crunch ripples through hospitals, museums

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state government is looking for new ways to conserve spending as it crosses the threshold Friday into a new budget year, with the most pronounced changes set to ripple through Medicaid health care services for the poor and disabled. State general fund revenues were lagging by nearly 10 percent as the books closed ...

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State settles with oil company over wastewater dumping

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has settled with a natural gas and oil company after it dumped wastewater on two northern New Mexico roads. The state came to the agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC to settle for $500,000 on Thursday for the improper disposal in Santa Fe and Lea counties in 2013 and 2014. The New Mexico ...

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Solar panel again stolen from New Mexico boy’s grave site

SAN ACACIA, N.M. (AP) — A solar panel placed at a grave site of a 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark has been stolen for a second time. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/6VhUDm) that thieves recently took the solar panel from the resting place of Nico Chavez at the San Acacia Cemetery near Socorro. The solar panel powered ...

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