November 23, 2016

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule -- NPR

With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge has blocked the implementation of an Obama administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some 4 million Americans.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III issued a preliminary injunction in the case, siding with plaintiffs who said the new overtime rules would have caused an uptick in government costs in their states and made it mandatory for businesses to pay millions in additional salaries. Business groups said the new rule changes would have eventually led to layoffs. -- 11/22/2016


New Mexico considers partial closure plan for nuke dump -- KOB News/Associated Press

New Mexico regulators are now considering a proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to close part of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository due to safety and contamination concerns.

The plan was first announced in October but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department confirmed this week that they recently received the federal government's written request. -- 11/23/2016


New Mexico State Parks is Joining REI’s #OptOutside for Black Friday -- New Mexico State Parks

New Mexico State Parks is proudly joining other states by waiving fees on Black Friday in support of retailer REI and a growing number of other organizations who are encouraging people to spend more time outdoors. New Mexico State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 35 state parks on Friday, November 25, 2016.  -- 11/23/2015