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City, county split on plan for NM power plant

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County commissioners and the Farmington City Council are taking opposite positions on a plan to shut down two for the four units of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/14lbZ0n ) reports that the county commission on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the plan...

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Many vets’ caregivers cut out from federal benefit

September 4, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

AP Photos Above: Chris Ott, right, helps her son, former Marine John Thomas Doody. J.T., who was shot while serving in Fallujah, Iraq., subsequently suffering an infection and a series of strokes that left him in a coma and relying on a ventilator to...

State Briefs

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

Judge upholds gay marriage ruling LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A judge has upheld a ruling that a northern New Mexico county must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson upheld the decision Wednesday and told the Los...

Court hears case over educator pension cuts

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court will issue a decision later in a potentially far-reaching legal challenge over whether the state can cut cost-of-living increases for retired government workers to shore up a pension system’s long-term...

NM 1st grader suspended when gun found in backpack

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public School officials say a first grade student has been suspended after a loaded gun was found in his backpack. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1dI6MCO) the incident occurred Wednesday morning at Helen Cordero...

NM county to house prisoners in Texas facility

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad has been expanded several times since 1993 but continues to grapple with overcrowding issues. That’s why the county signed an agreement with Hudspeth County in Texas that will allow...

NM court hears case over educator pension cuts

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico highest court will issue a decision later in a potentially far-reaching legal challenge over whether the state can cut cost-of-living increases for retired government workers to shore up a pension system’s long-term...

Las Cruces raising sales tax in response to state

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Shoppers in Las Cruces will pay a slightly higher sales tax on many purchases as a result of the City Council’s action responding to the state’s decision earlier this year to reduce payments to local governments. The Las...

Judge expedites horse slaughter case

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Albuquerque says she will decide by the end of next month whether a New Mexico horse slaughter plant can open. The attorney representing Valley Meat Co. of Roswell says U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo put the...

Drug overdose deaths in New Mexico decline in 2012

September 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overall drug overdose deaths in New Mexico are dropping but fatal prescription drugs overdoses are up, state health officials announced Tuesday. According to newly released numbers by the New Mexico Department of Health, 486 people...