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Senate leader undergoes heart procedure

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Michael Sanchez has underwent a medical procedure to open a clogged heart artery, and a family member says his recovery is going well. Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, had a coronary angioplasty on Thursday at an Albuquerque hospital and is being released Friday. The procedure widens a clogged artery [&hellip...

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Clovis man accused of stealing MLK plaque

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is in custody for allegedly stealing a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial plaque from a city park. Clovis police say 27-year-old Jeremy R. Palmer was arrested Thursday. He’s being held on a $20,000 bond in...

NM man gets prison for assault on Navajo Nation

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for an assault conviction. New Mexico prosecutors say 45-year-old Torvold Kellywood was sentenced Thursday. He has been in federal...

House panel OKs tax increase for roads

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tax on car and truck purchases would increase to finance $300 million in highway improvements under legislation approved by a House panel. The motor vehicle excise tax would go from 3 percent to 4 percent until 2028...

Farmington police say man threw semen at 2 women

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say they’re searching for a man who allegedly threw or ejaculated semen on two female shoppers at a store. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/XGAmiT) says detectives were able to get surveillance pictures of the man,...

Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Silver City tax preparer already serving prison time has been indicted for allegedly filing more than $72,000 in fake tax returns. A grand jury for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe returned the...

Education funding increases under House proposal

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has endorsed a proposal to provide tens of millions of additional dollars for public education. The Voters and Elections Committee voted 10-1 on Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment to keep the annual...

House approves PRC qualifications bill

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Future members of New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency will need to meet increased qualifications for the $90,000-a-year job under legislation unanimously approved Thursday by the House. The proposal, which heads to the Senate...

Return of gray wolves to Southwest slow going

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mexican gray wolf No. 1105 was shot dead by wildlife managers after having a tryst — and puppies — with a common ranch dog. No. 1188, an alpha female, was almost executed, then taken away from her pups and pack, for killing...

Governor backs new immigrant license proposal

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is backing a proposal to offer temporary driver’s licenses to certain immigrant youths but stop New Mexico from granting licenses to other immigrants who illegally came to the country. Martinez...