New Mexico Senate endorses budget bill emphasizing savings during oil sector windfall

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico would set aside well over $1 billion to guarantee tuition-free college and sustain government spending in case its oil production bonanza fades in the transition to cleaner energy sources under an annual spending plan endorsed by the state Senate on Monday. The 31-10 Senate vote sends the bill back … Read more

Latest EPA assessment shows almost no improvement in river and stream nitrogen pollution

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s rivers and streams remain stubbornly polluted with nutrients that contaminate drinking water and fuel a gigantic dead zone for aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a recently released Environmental Protection Agency assessment. It’s a difficult problem that’s concentrated in agricultural regions that drain into the Mississippi River. … Read more