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Airline to fly between Santa Fe, Phoenix

March 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Great Lakes Aviation says it plans to begin offering flights between Santa Fe and Phoenix starting in May. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/ZQcloC) that the airline already flies from Santa Fe to Denver and Clovis. However, the flights to southeastern New Mexico will end with the addition of [&hellip...

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Group pushes for junk food tax on Navajo Nation

March 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group is campaigning for a new sales tax on the Navajo Nation that would target junk food. Members of the Dine Community Advocacy Alliance say they hope that a 2-percent tax on all junk food sold on the reservation would...

NM agency suspends waiting list for housing help

March 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the San Juan County Housing Authority say they are being forced to stop putting people on a waiting list for housing assistance. The reason is the automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in earlier this month. The...

Governor: NM scrapping deal to buy BNSF track

March 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s railroad to nowhere is no more. Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has reached an agreement for the BNSF Railway Co. to pull the plug on a never-completed purchase of about 180 miles of track and the company...

Embattled Albuquerque, NM, police chief to retire

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of Albuquerque’s embattled police department announced Friday he is retiring after an eight-year tenure marred by a spike in fatal police shootings and excessive force cases that critics blamed on a departmental...

New Mexico House OKs wage, pension, health bills

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators rushed Friday to wrap up their work on major issues, including proposals to increase the minimum wage, establish a state-run health insurance exchange and shore up the solvency of a pension plan for educators....

Jury reaches verdict in NM police shooting case

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque will have to pay more than $10 million in damages to the family of an Iraq War veteran who was fatally shot by a police officer under a jury verdict reached Friday. The civil case stems from Officer Brett...

Family: NM lawmaker OK after passing out in office

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran state legislator was hospitalized Friday after briefly passing out in his office in the Capitol, officials said. Democratic Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela of Santa Fe should be released from the hospital later in the...

NM governor vetoes TV, film incentives expansion

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez, whose crackdown on unlimited film subsidies has been blamed for a drop in TV and movie production in New Mexico, vetoed a so-called “Breaking Bad” bill on Friday that would have sweetened the tax deal...

NM Senate panel OKs gun show background checks

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows has cleared another legislative hurdle, but it was unclear whether a final vote would come before lawmakers adjourn Saturday. The Senate...