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Senate approves higher minimum wage in New Mexico

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 an hour under Senate-passed legislation. The wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. Democratic Sen. Richard Martinez of Espanola said Monday an increase is needed because inflation has eroded the buying power of workers. The proposed increase won’t apply to businesses...

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NM man facing prison after guilty plea in sex case

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Two Grey Hills man has pleaded guilty in a child sex abuse case in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Erick McDonald entered a plea agreement Monday. They say McDonald pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact...

NM says new signups for high-risk program halted

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say new enrollments in a program that’s part of the 2010 federal care overhaul are being suspended because there’s only enough money to pay for those already enrolled. The Public Regulation...

Judge who quit acknowledges his legacy tarnished

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico judge who stepped down from the bench amid allegations of misbehavior acknowledges his legacy of 20 years on the bench has been tarnished. Eugenio Mathis, who resigned Thursday as a district judge in Las Vegas,...

Jury deliberates in ‘good Samaritan’ case

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors on Monday were deliberating the case against a Santa Fe man accused of killing a preschool teacher who intervened in a fight with his girlfriend. Adrian Gonzales, 31, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in...

NM businessman released on bond after drug arrest

March 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe businessman arrested on drug charges has been released from jail. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/13v6LgG) that 29-year-old Ashraf Nassar was arrested after police say they found 32 pounds of packaged...

Man accused of fatal shooting in Santa Fe area

March 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting another man during an argument at a home in the Santa Fe area has been arrested. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Jose Gutierrez is expected to face charges of homicide and...

Fatal ‘good Samaritan’ NM case in hands of jury

March 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The case of a New Mexico man accused of killing a preschool teacher who was trying to stop him from beating his girlfriend is in the hands of a jury. Jurors are scheduled Monday to continue deliberations after hearing closing arguments...

Mining companies eye new Navajo Nation projects

March 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Uranium mining companies are showing signs of renewed interest in the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/XKb9Vh) that several companies during the past year have addressed the tribe, begging for permission...

Classmates recall Bishop’s Lodge boarding school

March 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mary Ellen Smith and Juliet Roseberry hadn’t seen each other since their days as classmates nearly 70 years ago at the Brownmoor School. It was an all-girls boarding and day school that operated in the 1930s and ’40s at...