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UNM reconsiders retiree health cost changes

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico regents have approved a task force’s recommendations for steps proposed to cover rising costs of retiree health benefits. The recommendations include requiring employees and the university to make payments into a new trust fund and increasing retirees’ share of premiums. The Albuquerque Journal...

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Judge sends Albuquerque police crash case to trial

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the case of an Albuquerque police sergeant charged in a deadly crash can proceed to a trial. A criminal complaint charges Sgt. Adam Casaus with vehicular homicide and great bodily injury by vehicle in a Feb....

Ex-border agent in NM pleads guilty in bribe case

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe for smuggling an illegal immigrant into New Mexico. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Gabriel Burke, of Deming, entered his plea Tuesday in an Albuquerque...

NM governor vetoes money for statue of pro golfer

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico community will need to take a mulligan in trying to obtain state money for a bronze statue of Hall of Fame professional golfer Nancy Lopez and her father. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $150,000 the Legislature had...

Court reinstates New Mexico’s green building codes

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has lost a court fight over repealing energy efficient building requirements implemented by her Democratic predecessor. The state Court of Appeals last week overturned a 2011 decision by the...

Trial underway in Las Cruces police shooting

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is hearing testimony in the trial of a wrongful death suit against Las Cruces and a police officer for the 2010 fatal shooting of a man holding a sword. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ZB6okC), the...

NM governor raises about $372,000 for re-election

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled nearly $1.5 million for her re-election campaign next year, which is far more than declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King, according to fundraising disclosures filed Monday....

NM men plead not guilty to robberies, carjackings

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two Albuquerque men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges involving armed robberies and carjackings in the city. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Joel Meeks and 20-year-old Raul Ortega were arraigned Monday on an...

NM governor criticized for domestic partner veto

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism from a liberal advocacy group for vetoing legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military...

Tuberculosis cases in NM are lowest since 2005

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say there were 40 new cases of tuberculosis diagnosed last year in New Mexico and that’s the lowest number in the state since 2005. But they say New Mexico residents remain three times more likely to die from...