- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The state Public Regulation Commission is paying $20,000 to a New Mexico newspaper as part of a settlement in a failed lawsuit.

The agency filed suit last August in an attempt to stop the Santa Fe New Mexican from publishing documents on an electric utility’s coal plant plans.

The newspaper’s attorney says a countersuit seeking damages and attorney’s fees will continue against Public Service Company of New Mexico and two coal companies.

PNM and the coal companies also sued to stop publication of the records, which were related to the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1hvpnXE) that the commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve a settlement with the newspaper.

The commission also agreed to never again attempt to impose a publication restraint on the newspaper.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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