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Governor urges NM lawmakers to focus on economy

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to focus on economic development, including expanding programs that train health care professionals. In her State of the State speech to the Legislature on Tuesday, Martinez recommended increased spending on a program that repays student loans of nurses, dentists and physicians who agree to...

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Governor proposes pay raise for starting teachers

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is recommending that lawmakers increase the starting salary for new teachers by about 10 percent next year. The governor proposes to raise a beginning teacher’s salary to $33,000 from $30,000....

3 Holloman Air Force airmen killed in car accident

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three airmen assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico have been killed in a car accident in Alamogordo. Base officials say they were notified of the incident Tuesday morning. They didn’t immediately...

Martinez introduces ‘hero’ teacher in NM shooting

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A teacher credited with disarming a 12-year-old gunman in a Roswell middle school shooting said Tuesday he acted solely on instinct. John Masterson, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Berrendo Middle School, was honored Tuesday...

Ruling says search for pot violated privacy rights

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man’s property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights because authorities didn’t have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted...

Mora County gets new sheriff

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

MORA, N.M. (AP) — Mora County has a new sheriff. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://goo.gl/EvLLTU) that Mora County Sheriff Amos Espinoza took the oath of office last week. Espinoza will fill out the remaining term of Thomas Garza, who resigned in December...

Ariz man gets prison for assault on tribal officer

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for assaulting a law enforcement officer on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Donovan Eric Williams received a 46-month term...

Official: Corrales police officer injured in crash

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Corrales police office has been injured in a crash involving a suspected stolen vehicle. Corrales Detective Sgt. Frank Tomlinson said Tuesday that Corrales officer Jeremy Romero was scheduled to go into surgery and is...

NM man accused of running over his ex-girlfriend

January 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly running over his ex-girlfriend with a pickup truck in Las Cruces. Las Cruces police say 31-year-old Harry Donald Huband is being held on $25,000 cash-only bond on suspicion of...

Victim of Roswell shooting recovering at home

January 20, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — One of the students wounded when a classmate opened fire inside a Roswell middle school gym is recovering at home. The family of 13-year-old Kendal Sanders said she was released from the hospital Sunday. She had two surgeries last week...