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NM Senate to debate public worker pension overhaul

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Current and future public employee retirees would see smaller cost-of-living adjustments under a proposal before New Mexico lawmakers to rebuild the long-term finances of a pension plan for more than 55,000 state and municipal workers. The Senate is expected to debate the proposal Thursday to resolve one of the largest [&hellip...

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NM GOP fails to force immigrant license debate

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Allies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez narrowly failed Wednesday in trying to revive legislation to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to most illegal immigrants. A Martinez-backed license proposal has been bottled...

Hobbs man arrested in his girlfriend’s death

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Hobbs man is in custody in connection with the death of his girlfriend. Lea County sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Timmithy Stover got into a fight with 28-year-old Candiace Boone on Tuesday. They say Stover...

Jail officer cleared of beating inmate in 2011

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has cleared a former corrections officer of the most serious charge stemming from an inmate beating at the Albuquerque jail. Authorities say 24-year-old Kevin James Casaus was accused of beating inmate Christopher...

Albuquerque police fatally shoot man after chase

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three police officers shot and killed a man linked into a white supremacist gang following a two-hour search and chase in Albuquerque — the 18th fatal, officer-involved shooting in the city since 2010. The latest death occurred...

Man shot in Sandia Casino parking garage

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI and Sandia police are investigating a non-fatal shooting that occurred in the underground parking garage of Sandia Resort Casino in Albuquerque. Authorities say 32-year-old Luis Tobanche suffered a gunshot wound to the neck...

Senate panel blocks GOP bill on immigrant licenses

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel has blocked a proposal by a Republican leader to allow one-year driving permits to immigrants who illegally came to the country and separate licenses to certain immigrant youths. GOP Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales...

$15.5M settlement reached in NM confinement case

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county announced Tuesday that it reached a $15.5 million settlement to end the legal battle over the case of a man who was held in solitary confinement for two years without a trial and was so neglected that he...

Senate approves stem cell research proposal

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure to allow human embryonic stem cell research in New Mexico has passed the Senate. The proposal would permit couples with leftover embryos at in-vitro fertilization clinics to donate them for research rather than have a clinic...

Jury finds UNM’s renovation of ‘The Pit’ legal

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe jury has ruled in favor of a company accused of skimming taxpayers in the $60 million renovation of the University of New Mexico’s basketball arena known as “The Pit.” The 10-person jury decided Tuesday...