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Clovis man gets prison for 2011 sexual assault

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man has been convicted in a sexual assault case and sentenced to five years in prison. A Curry County jury Friday found 19-year-old Mario Alberto Pinela-Marquez guilty of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and concealing identity. Pinela-Marquez was accused of entering a room where a female was sleeping and sexually...

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NM cattle herd in decline for third straight year

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of cattle in New Mexico has dropped for the third straight year as ranchers around the state have been forced to sell off their herds as they grapple with a persistent drought. The National Agricultural Statistics Service...

Navajo Nation leader asks NM to expand college aid

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has asked New Mexico lawmakers to expand a lottery-financed scholarship program to cover students attending tribal colleges. Shelly was among the leaders of New Mexico tribes and pueblos to speak...

Ariz. lawyer killed in shooting was ex-NM reporter

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer who died from gunshot wounds in a Phoenix office shooting this week was a former reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican who left the paper in 2001 to attend law school at the University of Arizona, the newspaper reported. A...

Bill would reduce good time for some NM inmates

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico inmates behind bars for certain drunken driving and child abuse convictions would have to spend more time in prison under a new legislative proposal. Rep. Zachary Cook, R-Ruidoso, has introduced a bill to slash good-time...

NM ed chief OKs online school despite opposition

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera overruled the state Public Education Commission this week, and will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WC8Oev ) that the...

Ariz. man sentenced in NM to selling bird tail

February 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced in federal court in New Mexico after pleading guilty to selling the tail of a protected bird. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 47-year-old Daniel Chee Walley was sentenced...

Proposal boosts payout from NM permanent fund

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early childhood programs would receive a dramatic funding increase under a legislative proposal to boost how much is paid out each year from one of New Mexico’s permanent funds. A coalition of religious and education groups,...

NM committee OKs proposal for same-sex marriage

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters could decide whether to legalize gay marriage under a proposal that’s cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature. The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday in favor of a constitutional...

GOP lawmakers propose overhaul NM tax system

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers proposed Thursday to significantly revamp New Mexico’s governmental finance system by relying more on taxing people and businesses on what they consume and spend rather than the income they earn. Rep. Tom...