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NM bill would prohibit double-dipping for travel

January 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTE FE., N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators wouldn’t be allowed to get reimbursements for the same expense from more than one source under a bill filed in reaction to a travel scandal involving a House member defeated in his re-election bid. Republican Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque filed his bill in response to expense [&hellip...

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NM county trying to get money for vacant complex

January 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Mora County officials say they’ll be taking a different approach as they try again for state funding to resume work on the county’s uncompleted courthouse complex. The complex in Mora remains an empty shell because the...

NM tree trimmer has another close call

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces tree trimmer is in the hospital following his second close call in six months. Authorities say 52-year-old Craig Benavidez was shocked Monday morning by a 13,000-volt power line while he was trimming a pine tree. A...

100 White Sands soldiers ready to deploy

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — About 100 soldiers based at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico are getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/10afrZb) that the soldiers with the 2nd Engineer...

‘Breaking Bad’ actor seeks NM school board seat

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office has certified 10 candidates to run for spots on Albuquerque’s school board, and one of them is an actor from the TV show “Breaking Bad.” Steven Michael Quezada plays agent...

Santa Fe plans first gun buyback event

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe will kick off Operation Safe Streets with its first gun buyback program at police headquarters on Saturday. City officials say the goal is to provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted firearms. Mayor...

Immigrants arrested in driver’s license scam

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say seven illegal immigrants from Brazil and Mexico have been arrested in connection with a driver’s license scam. Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla says the immigrants are accused of using...

Father of Homeland Security Secretary dies in NM

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leonard Napolitano, the father of U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, died Monday in Albuquerque. He was 82. His death was confirmed by an...

Parents of dead NM boy face endangerment charges

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As state medical investigators try to determine what led to the death of an 8-year-old boy who was found face down in the snow in a remote part of New Mexico the day after Christmas, his parents are now facing Navajo tribal charges...

Minimum wage increase sought for Bernalillo County

January 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — If a Bernalillo County commissioner gets his way, the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county would increase to match the minimum wage now in effect in Albuquerque. Commissioner Art De La Cruz says he plans later this...