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Lawmakers oppose gay marriage, file NM court brief

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican legislators are urging New Mexico’s highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage. Nearly two dozen current and former GOP lawmakers made the legal pitch to the state Supreme Court in a “friend-of-the-court” brief filed in advance of a hearing later this month in a case that [&hellip...

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NM police rescue shoplifting suspect from arroyo

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque have rescued a shoplifting suspect who fell into a fast-moving arroyo while trying to flee. Officers were dispatched to the K-Mart on reports of a shoplifting incident Sunday night. They reportedly chased...

Man sentenced for robbing 5 businesses in NM

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to robbing five Albuquerque-area businesses at gunpoint during a three-month span has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Julio Francia, of Albuquerque, also was...

Some teachers bristle at NM stipends for transfers

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico teachers are bristling at a new state program that offers a $5,000 stipend for those who agree to transfer from top-graded schools to low-graded ones. Teacher union officials said the initiative by Gov. Susana...

Gallup attempt to limit alcohol sales doesn’t work

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup’s attempt to have merchants voluntarily refrain from selling alcohol during a four-hour period on weekday and Saturday mornings didn’t work. The northwestern New Mexico city has asked 50 vendors to not sell alcohol...

Senator suggests lab study changes to allow line

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is suggesting that the Defense Department use a research lab to find ways to allow construction of a proposed new electricity transmission that would cross much of southern New Mexico. The Pentagon contends that...

Albuquerque to conduct survey on officers’ pay

September 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials want to know why New Mexico’s most populous city has a hard time recruiting and retaining qualified police officers. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1gScU8Q ) reports that the City Council has...

Authorities: Body found in western NM flood debris

September 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Deputies in western New Mexico say they have found the body of a man who appears to have died from recently flooding. Catron Country Sheriff’s Office said a hiker found the man Saturday in a sand bar off of the San Francisco River...

Police: NM man dies after motorcycle hits elk

September 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man has died after he struck an elk while riding his motorcycle. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Emmanuel T. Gutierrez said 45-year-old Brian Miller was killed Friday night during the accident just outside of...

Beetles’ resurgence threatens NM pinon trees

September 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — They’re back — the same species of bark beetle that decimated New Mexico’s pinon trees a decade ago. Local arborists say populations of the match head-sized insect, also known as the ips or the engraver beetle, began...