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NM to hire experts to confront payroll errors

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico will pay nearly $245,000 to address problems that caused two operating errors in its payroll system. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/L8sZI6) that the Department of Finance and Administration is paying about $200,000 for outside specialists to provide in-person training for the next six months...

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Thieves steal manhole covers in Las Cruces

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Thieves in Las Cruces are stealing manhole and water valve covers. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/NqmfZz) that there were 43 water valve covers stolen in one area of the city within the past week. Twenty-three manhole...

Santa Fe County tax for fire operations considered

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County officials are considering asking voters in November to approve a quarter-cent tax increase to fund firefighting operations. The county had the tax in effect for 24 years before it expired in 2008 and voters balked when...

New independent film being shot in NM

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new independent film is being shot in New Mexico. New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says New Mexico production companies Slant Productions and Sandia Media will start production on “The Odd Way Home” in...

Farmington police, sheriff hit on profiling claims

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant activists and San Juan County residents are set to file racial-profiling complaints against San Juan County and the Farmington Police Department amid allegations of civil rights abuses and that the agencies are misusing...

AG King discusses early bid for governor's office

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Tuesday that the decision to throw his hat into the ring for New Mexico’s top office was no spur-of-the-moment decision. Pointing to the magnitude of the governor’s race, the...

Suspect in killing of boy returns to NM

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was on the run in Mexico for nearly seven years has returned to the state to face charges in the murder of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Gov. Susana Martinez’s office confirmed that Noe Torres was taken to the federal...

Man accused of dragging dog to death

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who is accused of killing his dog by dragging it on a leash behind his car. Sheriff’s officials say 43-year-old Raul Marrufo threw his dog Blackie out of his car after...

Report: Past NM governors also used private email

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has come under fire because her office used private email, but doing state business that way was apparently a common practice for her predecessors. Former Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican, told the Albuquerque...

Las Cruces Tea Party displayed Confederate flag

July 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima has vowed to review next year’s parade rules after the Las Cruces Tea Party displayed a Confederate flag on a float during a July 3 parade. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/MUY5Zv)...