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Lab offers buyouts to hundreds of workers

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory are being offered severance packages of up to 39 weeks’ pay if they leave their jobs. The lab is trying to cut between 400 and 800 workers from its current workforce of 7,600 to deal with budget cuts. The Los Alamos Monitor reports [&hellip...

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DPS officer arrested in prostitution case

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they’ve arrested a state police officer after an investigation that began when he was spotted picking up a prostitute. A warrant charges 34-year-old Timothy Carlson with extortion, bribery, soliciting...

Gov vetoes bill providing $12M for highways

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to provide $12 million for highway maintenance has run into a bumpy road with Gov. Susana Martinez. The governor vetoed the proposal on Friday, saying it didn’t provide a long-term solution to New Mexico’s...

Gov vetoes bill to expunge some criminal records

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a measure to allow the removal from public view of records of a person who is arrested but not convicted of a crime. Martinez, a former prosecutor, rejected the bill on Friday, saying the proposal would...

Feds: Laguna Construction workers in kickback ring

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eight people connected to a Laguna Pueblo Indian-owned construction company were indicted by a federal grand jury in an elaborate kickback and money laundering scheme involving Iraqi construction projects, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J....

NM governor signs state budget, vetoes $2M

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers....

Explosives recovered inside a Farmington house

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two people are behind bars after San Juan County officials recovered explosives inside a northwest New Mexico home. Farmington police tell KOB-TV they got a tip that a couple had what was described as a bomb inside their home....

15 charged with trafficking meth in Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 15 people have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine in the Albuquerque area. The indictments were announced Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement...

State slaps fines on private prison operators

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state has fined a pair of private prison operators for what it said were lax operations at two facilities. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/AdnBpR ) reports the state correction’s agency fined Florida-based GEO Group...

Sony Pictures pulling out of downtown Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing its downtown Albuquerque studio this July when the company’s lease expires. Sony spokesman Don Levy declined to discuss reasons for the closure, but said the nearly 60 workers at the studio...