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Railroad inferno

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Noxious fumes, explosion danger close I-40

LUPTON, Ariz. — A BNSF train carrying liquid petroleum gas (propane) derailed, creating an explosion at the Arizona/New Mexico border April 26. Flames from the two railcars nearly engulfed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 shortly before 1 pm.

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Heinrich questions FDA commissioner on multiple issues

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WASHINGTON D.C. —  During a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration on May 8, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the FDA, urged FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to prioritize preparation for virus threats from livestock, inspections at infant formula facilities, and addressing illicit vaping products, and reinforced the safety of mifepristone.

Heinrich asked Califf about contamination in food and milk caused by the recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak, commonly known as the bird flu. Califf shared the need to prepare for the possibility of...

Police arrest suspect in double homicide, Amber Alert abduction

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CLOVIS, N.M. — A 10-month old girl who police say was abducted in Clovis, New Mexico, has been found alive.

FBI officials say they also have a suspect in custody. He has been identified as 26-year-old Alek Collins of Houston, Texas. Collins was taken into custody in Abilene, Texas by law enforcement.

On May 3, Clovis Police reportedly found 23-year-old Samantha Cisneros and 23-year-old Taryn Allen shot and killed near a minivan at Ned Houk Park. Officers also found a child on the ground with a head injury.

During the investigation, officers reportedly found an infant car seat, a stroller, and a small baby bottle left at the scene. Officers began searching the area for...

Nygren signs resolution to urge President Biden to prohibit uranium hauling on Navajo lands

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Seven weeks after asking President Biden for his assistance, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren signed legislation that adds the Navajo Nation Council’s imprimatur to ban the transportation of uranium ore across Navajo lands on April 29.

Joined by Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley and Delegate Casey Allen Johnson, vice chair of the Resources and Development Committee and sponsor of the legislation, Nygren signed a resolution to ask U.S. President Joe Biden to use executive authority to halt uranium transportation on Navajo land before it is attempted.

Titled CAP-23-24, “An Action Relating to an Emergency; Urgent Request to President Joseph R...

MMDR Task Force highlights urgent issues on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Day

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FARMINGTON, N.M. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council’s Missing and Murder Diné Relatives Task Force recently convened for an event aimed at connecting families impacted by the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People with resources in seeking justice for their loved ones. The event was held in Farmington, New Mexico on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Day, May 5.

The gathering was part of a broader effort to illuminate the challenges facing families across the Navajo Nation and Indian Country. Families who have endured the disappearance or murder of loved ones shared their harrowing experiences, emphasizing the need for stronger communication within law...

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