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Panel shelves legislative paycheck restriction

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have shelved a proposal to require teachers and other public workers to take unpaid leave or annual leave from their jobs if they serve in the Legislature. Several educators are in the Legislature and the Republican-backed measure would have stopped them from collecting their taxpayer-financed salaries as well as [&hellip...

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Man wanted in Clovis child killing is captured

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments (1)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted for the 2005 murder of a sleeping 10-year-old boy picked the wrong time to write to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who’s a former prosecutor. The governor and other New Mexico officials announced Tuesday that...

Task force eyes rural, tribal exposure to violence

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Dr. Sharon Cooper, second from left, asks a question of panelists during a meeting of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. The task force is gathering testimony from experts and victims so it...

NM regulators approve rate increase for NM Gas Co.

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a $21.5 million rate increase for New Mexico Gas Co. The Public Regulation Commission made its decision Tuesday after a two-hour meeting in which commissioners heard recommendations from a hearing...

Albuquerque police staffing below target levels

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police Department said it is short nearly hundred officers from its targeted staffing level. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ySBYiH ) that the department is down at least 75 officers. The current police force of 1,027 is...

PRC overhaul moving quickly in NM Legislature

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposals to overhaul a scandal-tarnished state regulatory agency are off to a fast start in the Legislature and enjoy bipartisan support. Three measures to revamp the Public Regulation Commission are heading to the House for...

New Mexico to hold tours of 1980 prison riot site

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The site of a violent 1980 riot at the state’s maximum-security penitentiary near Santa Fe will be opened to the public by the New Mexico Corrections Department. The state will begin offering public tours Thursday of the infamous...

Missing 73-year-old NM man found dead

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A missing 73-year-old man whose disappearance from Ruidoso sparked a multistate search has been found dead. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/yJUk7y) that Kenneth Payne’s body was found Sunday more than a mile away...

Dead body found in Farmington is identified

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified a dead body found in a vacant lot in Farmington. Farmington police say the man is 59-year-old Harry Happy, of Sonostee. They say the body was discovered about 7 a.m. Monday. Police say there are no...

Gov. pulls fair commissioners from confirmation

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday abruptly withdrew the nominations for state fair commissioners after Democratic lawmakers sharply criticized her administration’s handling of a 25-year lease for a company to build a...