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NM court rules against retirees in pension case

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state can trim pension benefits for retired government workers to improve the long-term finances of public employee retirement programs, New Mexico’s highest court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision was a victory for lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez, who agreed earlier this year on measures to...

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Shiprock man pleads guilty in Navajo woman’s death

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a woman on the Navajo Nation last year. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Elvan Hovel entered into a plea agreement in the case Thursday. Hovel was...

Driver faces charges in wrong-way accident on I-25

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 52-year-old Santa Fe man is accused of driving while intoxicated in connection with a wrong-way accident on Interstate 25. Northbound I-25 reopened Thursday morning after being closed for hours after the Wednesday night wreck at St....

Senior NM behavioral health official resigns

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A senior state official who was involved in the replacement of New Mexico behavioral health services providers whose Medicaid funding was suspended is stepping down. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/19A9c47 ) reports that...

UNM’s El Centro de la Raza gets new director

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico’s center that provides services and programming for Latino students has a new director. Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres announced Wednesday that Rosa Isela Cervantes has been named...

NM MainStreet projects to share $122K in grants

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The effort to revitalize some of New Mexico’s traditional town centers is getting a boost thanks to $122,000 in grants. The funding for the state’s MainStreet program was announced Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez and...

Fire destroys flamenco studio in NM; Cause unknown

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flamenco studio in downtown Albuquerque has been destroyed in a fire and authorities say the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Fire crews responded to the scene just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Institute of...

New Mexico campaign spending limits overturned

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will be prohibited from imposing limitations on certain campaign contributions and spending under a ruling filed Wednesday by a federal appeals court. The 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver backed up a lower...

Commission approves PNM’s renewable energy plan

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators have approved a plan by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to build three more solar power plants next year and add more wind-generated power in 2015. The plan approved Wednesday by the state Public...

Lawsuit: woman faced illegal body cavity search

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal...