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NM health insurance exchange proposal advances

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to create a state-operated health insurance exchange is heading to the Senate with bipartisan support, including from Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Supporters said Saturday the latest proposal was a compromise that will allow New Mexico to meet a deadline for having an exchange ready to enroll uninsured New [&hellip...

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Senators postpone vote on NM education secretary

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate’s top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no...

Santa Fe holds third gun buyback event

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe says a total of 232 guns were turned in Saturday as part of the city’s third gun buyback event. Officials say they gave out $29,000 in gift cards to those who surrendered working firearms. The first two gun...

Senator wants ‘no’ vote for transport appointee

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee says there’s a “tremendous cloud” over the nomination of Pete Rahn to New Mexico’s Transportation Commission. Democrat Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque made the...

Missing hiker found at Bandelier monument

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Search and rescue crews combed a rugged area of Bandelier National Monument early Saturday before finding a missing hiker who had traveled to northern New Mexico to hunt for the hidden treasure of a Santa Fe antiquities dealer....

Albuquerque police shooting trial to resume Monday

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police detective who fatally shot an Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder became the focus of the second day of testimony in a civil trial. Former federal agent and police chief Melvin Tucker took the...

NM snowpack light compared to past years

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Another blast of winter weather is moving over northern New Mexico, but officials say the overall snowpack in the mountains remains light compared with past years. The latest water supply forecasts from the Natural Resources...

NM preserve offers elk hunt lottery

March 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve has more than 200 permits available for this year’s elk hunting lottery. Officials say the last chance for hunters to enter will be March 20. Of the permits available, 75 have been set...

Senate panel OKs budget without teacher merit pay

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers. The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on...

Man re-indicted in 2011 double homicide in Clovis

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been re-indicted for his alleged involvement in a 2011 double homicide in Clovis. New Mexico prosecutors say 28-year-old Enrique DeLeon originally was indicted for first-degree murder in the deaths of Joe Valero...