New Mexico News

District Settles For $475K After Teacher Punched Boy, 9

ESPANOLA, N.M. — A New Mexico school district has agreed to pay $475,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a boy who was punched by a music teacher. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a copy of …

$12.7M Dam Project Aimed at Protecting New Mexico Village

In one southern New Mexico village, it’s like clockwork — the summer rains come and the floodwaters follow. Federal officials say storm runoff regularly causes significant damage to residential, commercial and agricultural areas in and around the village of Hatch, …

New Mexico Bill Reducing Workers’ Comp Benefits for Intoxicated Workers Signed into Law

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that reduces workers’ compensation benefits for employees who injure themselves on the job while drunk or high. “If an employee is drunk or high on the job, they shouldn’t be rewarded with full …

New Mexico to Receive Aid for Flood Damage

Local governments and some other entities in New Mexico are now eligible for federal assistance to recover from flooding and storm damage suffered during last summer. The White House says a disaster declaration by President Barack Obama applies to state, …

New Mexico Jury Awards $67M in Damages in Pacemaker Lawsuit

New Mexico jurors have awarded a pacemaker patient more than $67 million in damages in a lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal reported a 3rd Judicial District Court jury in Las Cruces on Monday found German pacemaker manufacturer Biotronik negligent in the …

New Mexico City Seeks Assistance After $230K In Flood Damage

Alamogordo, N.M. officials say they plan to ask for state assistance for $230,000 in damages caused by recent flooding. The Alamogordo Daily News reported that the city will submit damage estimates to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security this …

New Mexico Sees 20% Rise in Traffic Deaths This Year

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That’s up from …

New Mexico Adopts Texting While Driving Ban

A new law is ready to take effect that will ban texting while driving in New Mexico. Starting Tuesday, the law will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails – even while at a stop light. Drivers …

New Mexico Immigrant Driver Licenses Down Substantially

First-time driver’s licenses issued to immigrants in the country illegally plunged by nearly a third in the past year despite no change in New Mexico’s policy of granting driving privileges, records show. The dramatic decline comes after Republican Gov. Susana …

New Mexico Court Okays Medical Marijuana for Injured Worker

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a worker’s employer and its insurer must pay for medical marijuana for treating the employee’s chronic pain from a job-related back injury. The court on Monday upheld a decision by a …