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Minimum wage inflation indexing blocked in panel

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation stalled Tuesday after a House committee’s Democratic leader opposed the measure. An effort to send the measure to the 70-member House failed on a 6-5 vote in the Voters and Elections Committee. The measure remains alive and can be reconsidered [&hellip...

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Albuquerque man pleads guilty to tax evasion

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to tax evasion for not paying his personal income taxes from 2006 and 2007. New Mexico prosecutors say 49-year-old Phillip Sierra owes thousands of dollars in back taxes to the state from a...

Albuquerque restaurant not implementing wage law

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque restaurant owner says he’s not going to comply with the city’s new higher minimum wage, and the city doesn’t plan to do anything about it, at least for now. Eric Szeman said his Route 66 Malt Shop...

House panel OKs budget, 4 percent spending hike

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State workers and educators will receive a 1 percent pay raise next year under a nearly $5.9 billion budget proposal that’s heading to the House for consideration later this week. The measure provides for a state spending...

NM man pleads guilty to murder in pedestrian death

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man whose original conviction was overturned on appeal has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of one of two pedestrians he struck while driving recklessly in 2005. A judge on Monday sentenced Jeremiah...

US asks court to dismiss pueblo’s land lawsuit

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is asking a court to dismiss an American Indian community’s lawsuit seeking all the land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. A Justice...

Slew of animal protection bills pending in NM

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving...

Senate OKs tough sanctions for hunting violations

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico could impose tougher penalties for violations of hunting and fishing laws under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate. The measure, if enacted, will allow the state Game Commission to suspend or revoke someone’s...

Senate confirms Finance Authority board members

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed two board members of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which was entangled in a scandal last year over a fake audit. Clovis businessman Blake Curtis was unanimously confirmed and Albuquerque lawyer Nann Winter...

Pregnant women told to take whooping cough vaccine

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico are recommending that all pregnant women get a vaccine to guard against the spread of whooping cough. The recommendation on Monday by the New Mexico Department of Health is intended to prevent the spread...