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Governor seeks to end immigrant driver’s licenses

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers gave Gov. Susana Martinez a standing ovation as she renewed her push to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Martinez used her state of the state address on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to repeal a 2003 law allowing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and [&hellip...

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Democrats expect to unify after leadership race

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A race for the top-ranking Senate leadership job will be decided when the Legislature convenes, and Democrats seeking the post say they don’t expect the contest to leave permanent fractures within the party during the 60-day...

Man sought in shoplifting shot in parking lot

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a shoplifting suspect suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a car and then shot in a parking lot where he’d fled after being confronted by a store employee. Police on Monday identified the man as...

Santa Fe mayor joins anti-gun coalition

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and other city officials announced their support Monday for a national campaign aimed at lobbying Congress for federal gun control reforms. Coss was joined at a news conference at police headquarters by Mayor...

Los Lunas police recover stolen guns, make arrests

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say they have recovered six guns stolen from a local Wal-Mart in a Christmas Day burglary, and four people have been arrested. Twenty-three-year-old Emilio Larsen of Albuquerque, a former employee who worked in...

NM pueblo seeks return of ancestral lands

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of an American Indian community in northern New Mexico are seeking the return of all land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, citing the area as a “spiritual sanctuary” and...

Poor driving conditions reported on NM highways

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Parts of Interstate 25 and some other highways in northern New Mexico are snow packed and icy as the latest winter storm moves across the state. The Department of Transportation says its crews have spent much of Monday plowing and...

Firm awarded NM contracts despite fraud inquiry

January 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials awarded contracts to a Roswell-based firm that was at the time was and still is the subject of another agency’s investigation into alleged Medicaid fraud. The Department of Health Services awarded...

Aztec approves permit for 1st new gas well in 2013

January 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — City commissioners in Aztec approved a permit for the first new gas well planned this year within the city. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/XvS07h) that drilling will begin in June on the nearly 7,000-foot deep gas...

Democrats continue to battle GOP governor in NM

January 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a third of New Mexico’s lawmakers will be new to their jobs when the Legislature convenes on Tuesday, but the hurdles confronting Republican Gov. Susana Martinez remain largely unchanged as she tries to overcome Democratic...