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Las Cruces aims to be ’employer of choice’

April 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — All city employees in Las Cruces got a raise this year, and they’re in line for another one if the city’s proposed 2014 budget is approved. City Manager Robert Garza tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/11w4mfL) that one of the major components of the city’s strategic plan is to be [&hellip...

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Clovis man facing murder charges in beating case

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is facing new charges in connection with a robbery and fatal beating in January. Clovis police say an arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued Friday for 23-year-old Daniel Murrell III. They say...

Panelists named to select NM insurance regulator

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care and insurance industry officials and a state legislator were named by Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday to a panel that will select New Mexico’s newly independent insurance regulator. A nine-member committee will name...

New Mexico’s jobless rate edges up slightly

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials report that New Mexico’s unemployment increased slightly last month, and that job growth remains slow. The Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9...

Governor names transportation cabinet secretary

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has named longtime Department of Transportation official Tom Church as cabinet secretary to run the agency responsible for New Mexico’s network of roads and bridges. Church has served as acting department...

Supreme Court disciplines Socorro County judge

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court suspended a Socorro County judge on Friday for misconduct in seeking favorable treatment for his stepson who had been jailed for failure to pay child support. Magistrate Court Judge James Naranjo is suspended...

FBI’s NM sheriff probe may center on donations

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office may center on a sheriff’s program where traffic citations could be dismissed in exchange for donations to charities. County spokeswoman...

NM woman accused of child abuse while shoplifting

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman suspected of shoplifting also is facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her young daughter behind in a shopping cart. Las Cruces police say 26-year-old Jeanise P. Morales Martinez was released from the...

San Miguel County rejects ban on gas, oil drilling

April 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — San Miguel County apparently won’t impose an outright ban on oil and gas extraction, but new restrictions on the industry may be in the offing. According to the Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/11omLNf), county commissioners...

Evacuations lifted in Curtis Canyon blaze

April 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

MAYHILL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say all evacuations from a 109-acre blaze in southern New Mexico have been lifted. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the evacuations were lifted early Thursday now that the fire located on the edge of the...