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Committee endorses Gonzales for federal judge

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the nomination of U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales as New Mexico’s next federal judge, making him eligible for confirmation by the full Senate. New Mexico’s two U.S. senators, both Democrats, applauded the vote. “Ken has served the people of New Mexico and...

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Escapee’s lawyers plan mental health evidence

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Defense lawyers for an Arizona prison fugitive charged with killing an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico plan to present evidence that he has a mental defect or disease. John McCluskey is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in...

Court reinstates case by police officer’s widow

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s highest court is allowing a tribal police officer’s widow to seek workers’ compensation benefits for his death a decade ago while rescuing a boy from a drowning in northern New Mexico. The state Supreme...

2 from NY accused of license fraud in New Mexico

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two foreign nationals residing in New York City while in the United States illegally are accused in New Mexico of trying to fraudulently obtain driver’s licenses. State Police say 31-year-old Manuel Chimbo-Pando of Ecuador and...

Central NM Community College to increase tuition

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A newly approved budget for Central New Mexico Community College for the next school year will have students paying higher tuition while employees get a pay raise. Under new tuition rates approved by the governing board of the...

NM governor in Colorado for political fundraiser

April 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is in Colorado to raise money for her re-election campaign and speak to a business group. Martinez political adviser Jay McCleskey said Thursday that the governor is holding a fundraiser in Denver and...

NM labs fare well in Obama budget

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory would see a 7 percent budget increase, while spending for Sandia National Laboratories would remain basically flat under the Obama Administration budget plan unveiled on Wednesday. The Department of...

Police sgt. pleads not guilty in fatal NM crash

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police sergeant facing charges stemming from a fatal Albuquerque crash has pleaded not guilty. Court records released Wednesday show that Albuquerque police Sgt. Adam Casaus pleaded not guilty a day after a judge ruled that the...

Nearly 200,000 in NM eligible for health credits

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 192,000 New Mexicans will be eligible for subsidies to help pay for health insurance next year, according to a report an advocacy group released Wednesday. The report from Families USA, a Washington-based consumer health...

2 men arrested in NM driver’s license fraud

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two men from Mexico and El Salvador are in custody in connection with the fraudulent application for a driver’s license in New Mexico. State authorities say Ivan Jose Gonzales allegedly drove Jose Dolores Flores-Bonilla from...