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New Mexico youth ranch agrees to state oversight

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A central New Mexico ranch for troubled youth has settled its lawsuit against the state, agreeing to some oversight. Tierra Blanca Ranch High County Youth Program sued the state last year, challenging the state’s investigation of its program and a high-profile October raid that sought custody of nine minors. Under the...

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New Mexico Democratic legislative leader retiring

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Majority Leader Rick Miera says he’s not seeking re-election this year. The Albuquerque Democrat announced his retirement plan on Friday, a day after the Legislature adjourned a 30-day session. Miera has served in the House...

NM lawmakers fail to clarify abuse reporting law

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities. Without a...

Uncertainty over budget provision on teacher pay

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Teachers are in line for a possible $2,000 increase in their base salaries under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s some uncertainty over the raise. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a...

Utah man pleads guilty to unlawful solicitation

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Army sergeant who was stationed in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to soliciting gifts and property under false pretenses. Prosecutors say 42-year-old Michael Vernon Rupert entered his plea Friday in federal court in Las...

Old dynamite delivered to fire station detonated

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Aztec didn’t have to go far to respond to some trouble in the form of some old dynamite in an old toolbox. Police Sgt. Joe Gonzales says a Fire Department volunteer got the dynamite from a relative in Arizona....

New Mexico couple apologizes for fraud against US

February 22, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple is apologizing through a court-ordered newspaper ad for defrauding the U.S. Air Force. The paid ad by Donald and Sherri Brewer is a result of a federal judge’s sentencing order for the couple’s convictions...

Ignoring China’s protest, Obama hosts Dalai Lama

February 22, 2014 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2010, file photo, The Dalai Lama walks out of the White House in Washington, after meeting with President Barack Obama. Obama will host Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for a meeting on Feb. 21, 2014, the White House said,...

Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask the feds

February 22, 2014 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – This Oct. 31, 2013 file photo shows a plane passenger checking her cell phone before a flight in Boston. While one government agency considers allowing cellphone calls on passenger planes, another now wants to ban them. The Transportation...

265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

February 22, 2014 • World NewsComments (0)

Ripped copies of Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” and related books are shown at Shinjuku City Library in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Tokyo Libraries said on Friday that hundreds of copies of Anne Frank’s diary and related books...