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Judge rules Albuquerque wage proposal invalid

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A district judge has ruled that a proposed ballot question aimed at raising Albuquerque’s minimum wage is invalid. District Court Judge Nan Nash ruled Tuesday that the proposal combined more than one item into one proposition and said it shouldn’t appear on the ballot in November. Mary Lee Ortega, president of [&hellip...

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New Democratic super PAC formed in New Mexico

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Labor unions and a retiring Democratic legislative leader have provided nearly $400,000 to a newly formed political group planning to make independent campaign expenditures in New Mexico, including races that will determine whether...

Rare NM salamander may join endangered list

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A rare salamander found only in northern New Mexico would be added to the federal endangered species list under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plan highlights questions about how many Jemez...

3 Las Cruces residents booked in dog mauling death

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Three Las Cruces residents have been arrested in the fatal mauling of a 15-month-old girl by her family’s pit bull. Police say the father and paternal grandparents of Jazilyn Mesa were arrested Monday in the May 8 death....

Sheriff: NM inmate bites off officer’s finger

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials say an Eddy County Detention Center inmate on trial for sexual contact with a minor bit off a piece of an officer’s finger in court. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/PnsVtS) that Eddy County Sheriff...

NM health officials report first West Nile death

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say the state has recorded its first West Nile virus death of the year. The Department of Health announced Tuesday that a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County has died. Officials say the man had the more...

Man gets life in prison for murder of NM inmate

September 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of killing another inmate at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in 2004 has been sentenced to life in prison. New Mexico prosecutors say 44-year-old Paul Othello Smalls was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Las...

Trial lawyers spent $198K on Demo candidates, PACs

September 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political committee affiliated with New Mexico trial lawyers has donated $198,000 in the past two months to Democratic candidates and political groups helping Democrats retain control of the Legislature, according to a financial...

Martinez: Amnesty pulls in $834K in child support

September 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the state has collected more than $834,000 in delinquent child support payments thanks to an amnesty program. Martinez made the announcement Monday and said non-custodial parents made a total of...

NMFA keeps executives on leave over fake audit

September 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority is keeping two top executives on administrative leave during investigations over a fake financial audit that has led to arrests by state securities regulators. The authority’s governing board on...