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Panel backs raise for New Mexico elected officials

February 4, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A budget proposal pending before a House committee will provide nearly $111 million to raise the salaries of public employees, including a 10 percent pay increase for the governor and other top elected officials next year. The salaries of the governor, attorney general, secretary of state, land commissioner, treasurer and [&hellip...

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3 Dems in race to unseat Martinez

February 4, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber and longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque have officially entered the Democratic race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The three Tuesday...

Chaparral man is arrested in metal theft case

February 4, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of stealing scrap metal and vehicle parts in Chaparral now is in custody. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Lorenzo Cano is being held on a $5,000 secured bond on suspicion of non-residential...

NM student to modify haircut to get back in class

February 4, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A compromise has been reached for a New Mexico sixth-grader who was told his hairstyle violated a school policy. Administrators at Los Lunas Elementary told Albuquerque TV station KOB that 11-year-old Marcus Chavez showed up for...

Autopsy: Man in chase, shooting was shot 8 times

February 4, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state medical investigator found that a man involved in a police chase and shooting in Albuquerque last October was shot eight times and didn’t have illegal drugs in his system. The Albuquerque Journal...

Albuquerque mayor meets top officials in Wash, DC

February 3, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has met with members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to discuss the city’s role in national energy issues and other topics, including the Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill. Berry was...

Committee votes to bar spending of Spaceport tax

February 3, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel has endorsed a bill that would prohibit the fledging Spaceport America from using hundreds of thousands of dollars in local taxes to fund its operations. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday...

NM immigrant license fraud trial begins

February 3, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for a Chinese national on trial for helping more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver’s licenses. Hai Gan, 56, of The Colony, Texas, was U.S. District...

New Mexico man pleads guilty to domestic assault

February 3, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to domestic assault by a habitual offender and is facing up to a 10-year federal prison sentence. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Miles J. Riley entered his plea Monday. Riley is a member of the...

Overhaul to Albuquerque police oversight eyed

February 3, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque city councilors are set to hear recommendations from a task force to overhaul the city’s Police Oversight Commission. The 200-page report is scheduled to be presented Monday at the Albuquerque City Council meeting...