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USDA designates 12 NM counties for drought help

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 New Mexico counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The counties are Bernalillo, Grant, Luna, Sierra, Catron, Hidalgo, Otero, Socorro, Dona Ana, Lincoln, Sandoval and Valencia. Farmers and ranchers in 11 counties in New...

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Brothers accused of attacking Las Cruces policeman

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers suspected of attacking a Las Cruces police officer investigating a possible domestic disturbance are in custody. Police say 30-year-old Rafael Torrez and 26-year-old Israel Torrez are being held on suspicion of battery...

Democrats revive minimum wage inflation indexing

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are making another push to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation. The House Labor and Human Resources Committee approved a bill on a party-line vote late Tuesday to require automatic cost-of-living increases...

House approves tougher DWI sanctions

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has unanimously approved a proposal toughening penalties against drunken driving in New Mexico. The legislation will establish new standards for drunken drivers to meet before they can get their licenses fully restored and...

NM DPS: Body found identified as a Pecos woman

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — State authorities say the body of a woman found earlier this month just outside the village of Rowe has been identified. New Mexico Department of Public Safety officials announced Wednesday that the victim is 23-year-old Ginger...

House OKs solvency fix for teacher pension plan

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Teachers and other educators will pay more into their pension program to help shore up its long-term finances under a proposal approved Wednesday by the House. Besides higher payroll contributions by workers earning more than $20,000,...

NM man gets probation for trespassing on refuge

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Ruidoso man has been sentenced to one year of probation and fined $2,500 for trespassing on the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge during a hunting trip. Prosecutors say 46-year-old Kenneth Espinosa was sentenced Wednesday in...

Senate panel rejects guns for school workers

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have turned down a proposal to allow teachers, principals and other school workers to carry concealed handguns to help guard against shootings in New Mexico’s schools. State law prohibits guns on school premises except...

Albuquerque city attorney flips on wage dispute

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City Attorney David Tourek has reversed his position and now says he will represent a former Albuquerque malt shop employee to enforce the city’s new minimum wage. Tourek told reporters on Tuesday that he will represent Kevin...

Audit questions $573K of spending by NM group

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal audit of grant spending has raised questions about more than $573,000 in costs and transfers made by a northern New Mexico tribal organization that had been awarded several grants by the Office on Violence Against Women....