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Senate confirms NM’s top water manager

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s choice as New Mexico top water manager has won unanimous confirmation in the Senate. Scott Verhines was named state engineer in 2011 by the governor. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque with more than 30 years of experience on water projects. Senators on Friday praised [&hellip...

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Panel OKs temporary fix for lottery scholarships

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico college students receiving lottery-financed scholarships could avoid reductions in their financial aid next year under a proposal endorsed Friday by a Senate committee. A measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael...

NM Corrections Dept. launches internal probe

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials have launched an internal probe into the New Mexico Corrections Department after guards were found sleeping and in possession of banned items inside the state penitentiary. Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel told...

Legislators ask Martinez to link drilling, funding

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of New Mexico legislators want the governor to link approval of state funding for projects proposed by counties and municipalities to their willingness to allow mineral extraction such as drilling for gas and oil. A letter...

Senate leader undergoes heart procedure

February 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Michael Sanchez has underwent a medical procedure to open a clogged heart artery, and a family member says his recovery is going well. Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, had a coronary angioplasty on Thursday at an Albuquerque...

Clovis man accused of stealing MLK plaque

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is in custody for allegedly stealing a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial plaque from a city park. Clovis police say 27-year-old Jeremy R. Palmer was arrested Thursday. He’s being held on a $20,000 bond in...

NM man gets prison for assault on Navajo Nation

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for an assault conviction. New Mexico prosecutors say 45-year-old Torvold Kellywood was sentenced Thursday. He has been in federal...

House panel OKs tax increase for roads

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tax on car and truck purchases would increase to finance $300 million in highway improvements under legislation approved by a House panel. The motor vehicle excise tax would go from 3 percent to 4 percent until 2028...

Farmington police say man threw semen at 2 women

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say they’re searching for a man who allegedly threw or ejaculated semen on two female shoppers at a store. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/XGAmiT) says detectives were able to get surveillance pictures of the man,...

Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Silver City tax preparer already serving prison time has been indicted for allegedly filing more than $72,000 in fake tax returns. A grand jury for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe returned the...