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Embattled Albuquerque, NM, police chief to retire

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of Albuquerque’s embattled police department announced Friday he is retiring after an eight-year tenure marred by a spike in fatal police shootings and excessive force cases that critics blamed on a departmental culture that fostered brutality. Chief Ray Schultz’s announcement comes five months after the U.S....

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New Mexico House OKs wage, pension, health bills

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments Off on New Mexico House OKs wage, pension, health bills

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators rushed Friday to wrap up their work on major issues, including proposals to increase the minimum wage, establish a state-run health insurance exchange and shore up the solvency of a pension plan for educators....

Jury reaches verdict in NM police shooting case

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque will have to pay more than $10 million in damages to the family of an Iraq War veteran who was fatally shot by a police officer under a jury verdict reached Friday. The civil case stems from Officer Brett...

Family: NM lawmaker OK after passing out in office

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran state legislator was hospitalized Friday after briefly passing out in his office in the Capitol, officials said. Democratic Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela of Santa Fe should be released from the hospital later in the...

NM governor vetoes TV, film incentives expansion

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez, whose crackdown on unlimited film subsidies has been blamed for a drop in TV and movie production in New Mexico, vetoed a so-called “Breaking Bad” bill on Friday that would have sweetened the tax deal...

NM Senate panel OKs gun show background checks

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows has cleared another legislative hurdle, but it was unclear whether a final vote would come before lawmakers adjourn Saturday. The Senate...

Group threatens to sue feds over lizard

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are threatening to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s decision not to grant endangered species protections to a lizard found only in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Federal...

NM governor joins US delegation for papal ceremony

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will join a presidential delegation in traveling to Rome for the installation of Pope Francis. The White House announced Friday that the Republican governor will be part of a delegation led by Vice...

Governor signs NM pay equity protections

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law that supporters say expands protections against wage discrimination based on gender. The measure approved by the Legislature will allow New Mexicans to file lawsuits for...

NM lawmakers OK unemployment system fix

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up the finances of New Mexico’s unemployment compensation program has won final approval in the Legislature. The measure would establish a new system for automatically setting tax rates that determine how much...