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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 distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund at its current rate of 5.5 percent [&hellip...

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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...

NM’s Sierra County sheriff has pay suspended

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Sierra County Commission in New Mexico has voted to suspend the pay of Sheriff Joe Baca. That’s after an Albuquerque television station reported that Baca has been living in Missouri, but still collecting checks for being...

New Mexico reports 2 pediatric flu deaths

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two children have died from the flu in New Mexico over the past month, bringing to 89 the number of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths in the state this season, the New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday. Health officials...

NM man accused in beating death of 3-year-old girl

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mimbres man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Grant County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Nicholas Grijalva is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond...

Sens. proposes NPS status for Valles Caldera

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are trying again to make the Valles Caldera National Preserve a national park. The New Mexico Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to transfer management of the preserve to the...

House OKs 72-hour notice of public meetings

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans will have more notice about public meetings under legislation approved by the House. Governmental groups, ranging from school boards, county commissions and state agencies, would be required to make their meeting agendas...

Garcia wants to able to return to UNM campus

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia says he hopes one day to be allowed to go back on campus again. Garcia remains a professor emeritus but the university banned him from its Albuquerque campus after he was...