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New Mexico senator introduces flat-tax bill

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to do away with most taxes and replace them with up to a 2 percent flat tax on most things people buy. Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, introduced legislation Wednesday that calls for a 1 percent tax on gross receipts for the state and 0.5 percent [&hellip...

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Review: Los Alamos lab lapses on keeping secrets

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said. A review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector...

Historic Santa Fe building designated as national treasure

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Palace of the Governors is already billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Now, the historic structure — with its worn planked flooring and thick adobe walls — has been named a national...

Former pueblo official pleads guilty in embezzlement case

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Bruce Sanchez entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty...

Man serving life term for murder dies in New Mexico prison

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence in the 1986 murder of a University of New Mexico student has died in prison. State Department of Corrections officials say 74-year-old Johnny Zinn died last week. The cause of death wasn’t...

Affidavit: Convicted ex-NM sheriff still under investigation

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANFA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison remains under investigation in another case. A new public affidavit says an FBI agent concluded that “probably cause” exist that former Rio...

Labor and education top list of New Mexico election donors

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new analysis by a watchdog group shows education and labor unions were among the top spenders in New Mexico state races during the 2014 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent more than...

Labor and education top list of New Mexico election donors

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new analysis by a watchdog group shows education and labor unions were among the top spenders in New Mexico state races during the 2014 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent more than...

New Mexico bill would limit smoking with kids around

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present. Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of...

New Mexico jobless drops to 6.1 percent in December

January 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate dipped for a second straight month. The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Monday that that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.1 percent....