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Union sues over return of workers to NM building

September 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public employees union has filed a lawsuit to stop the Public Education Department from returning employees to the basement of a government office building in Santa Fe that’s undergone remediation for mold and asbestos. A local chapter of the Communications Workers of America brought the lawsuit Tuesday in state [&hellip...

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NM AG’s office: No discrimination in public money

September 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office found no discrimination against blacks in the appropriation of public money. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/198yp0V) that state General Consul David Pederson said in a...

Airlift to supply NM town isolated by flooding

September 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has approved an emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies to a tiny community in southwestern New Mexico that was cut off after flooding washed out the only paved road leading to it. Martinez spokesman...

3rd suspect in NM restaurant shooting is arrested

September 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The last suspect in a fatal shooting at an Albuquerque restaurant in 2009 reportedly has been arrested in El Salvador. The Albuquerque Journal and KOB-TV were both reporting Monday that 30-year-old Francisco Melgar-Cabrera was in...

NM woman pleads guilty in husband’s 2011 death

September 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman accused of killing her husband with a piece of firewood on the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Bertha Damon, of Mentmore, entered her plea Monday and...

Bark beetles seen on pinons in Sante Fe area

September 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe arborists say they’re seeing a resurgence of tiny bark beetles that kill drought-stricken pinon trees. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/16cqcIb ), the beetles are the same type as those that decimated...

NM gets ready for Medicaid expansion

September 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico in a few weeks hopes to start bringing some 150,000 more people onto the Medicaid rolls in advance of the federal government’s deadline for expanding the program. Julie Weinberg is the director of the state Medical...

Debate continues over New Mexico’s bears

September 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over how to handle bear activity in populated areas continues with biologists saying that luring them away with food isn’t the answer. Bear advocates have been pushing for diversionary feeding as a way to prevent...

NM horse slaughter water permit hearing set

September 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has set a public hearing on a water discharge permit for a Roswell company seeking to open up a horse slaughter processing plant. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/190Jsuq) that a...

Alamogordo moves closer to legalizing beekeeping

September 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The city of Alamogordo is moving closed to legalizing beekeeping. The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/17WXfUu) that the city commission took steps this week to approve an ordinance that will allow citizens to keep bee...