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Priest faces deportation as sentence ends

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest faces deportation back to the Philippines after being released from prison on a conviction of child molestation. Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Superiaso served as a priest in the San Francisco Archdiocese, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos and St. Anne Parish in Santa Fe until 2000, [&hellip...

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Farmington begins work on pigeon ordinance

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington council members are crafting a nuisance ordinance involving pigeons. Some residents complain that neighbors are feeding pigeons and what the birds leave in return is not pleasant or healthy. The Daily Times...

Governor hopeful for early reading proposal

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez remains optimistic that lawmakers will approve a centerpiece of her school improvement plan before time runs out in the legislative session this week. Pending in the House is a proposal that will require...

NM governor signs hay transportation bill

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that clears the way for oversized loads of hay to be transported on state roads. The legislation signed into law Tuesday was aimed at easing the strain that drought has placed on both...

Candidates line up for US Senate and House seats

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two candidates have dropped out of the race for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, but candidates on both sides of the aisle will still face competitive primaries in June. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of Albuquerque and Las...

Legislative standoff dooms immigrant license bill

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t giving up on her proposal to stop New Mexico from granting licenses to illegal immigrants but her top House ally predicts the issue is dead for this year’s legislative session. The...

New Mexico lawmakers send state budget to governor

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $6 billion budget plan but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez warned she’ll consider vetoing the proposal if the Legislature fails to agree on tax cutting measures Martinez issued...

NM flight center ordered to pay workers back wages

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department has ordered the German Air Force Tactical Training Center based at Holloman Air Force Base to pay eight workers nearly $34,000 in back wages after investigators found violations of the overtime provisions of...

Man cited in NMSU incident faces more charges

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a man arrested at New Mexico State University for allegedly causing a campus disturbance by pepper spraying students is facing felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. State police arrested...

Forest Service suing New Mexico, Otero County

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service filed a lawsuit against the state and Otero County over management of forest lands, after the county passed a resolution last year saying it intended to begin following an 11-year-old state law on the issue....