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September 11, 2013 • State News

Court poses new questions in pension case
SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court wants more information from lawyers before deciding whe[auth] ther the state can reduce cost-of-living adjustments for pensions of retired government workers.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for additional written legal briefs from the Educational Retirement Board and retired educators who sued to block reductions that took effect in July under a law enacted to improve the pension system’s long-term finances.
The court wants six questions addressed, including whether improving a pension system’s solvency is just compensation for a governmental “taking” of a cost-of-living adjustment. The briefs are due Sept. 24.

Suspected motorcycle gang boss charged in brawl
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The leader of a New Mexico chapter of what federal authorities call an outlaw motorcycle gang with ties to Mexican drug cartels has been charged in a massive fight at a Texas saloon during a wedding.

A SWAT team took Lucas Miller, 29, into custody, Santa Fe police announced Monday. Authorities say Miller is the president of Santa Fe’s Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

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