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NM wage fight leads to alleged confrontation

February 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque restaurant owner who says he’s not going to comply with the city’s new higher minimum wage is back in the news. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/XR1vw2) says Eric Szeman’s son showed up at the home of a restaurant server with a baseball bat and machete. The employee — Kevin O’Leary — went [&hellip...

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Man arrested following chase in Albuquerque area

February 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers used a spike belt to deflate the tires of a vehicle that was the subject of a chase in the Albuquerque area for about a half-hour. A police helicopter followed the vehicle during part of the Friday morning...

Authorities: NM heroin, meth ring busted

February 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have busted up a heroin and methamphetamine operation in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. New Mexico State Police announced Friday that authorities have charged 12 people after a four-month investigation. Authorities say...

Committee kills assault rifle ban

February 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico house committee has killed a proposed ban on assault weapons. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/W83Bxg ) the five-member House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 to table the bill late Thursday....

House OKs state budget with merit pay for teachers

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration will receive money to establish a merit pay system for teachers under a proposed state budget approved Thursday by the House despite objections from Democrats. The House approved...

Ex-officer of NM project pleads guilty in tax case

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former director of an economic development project for the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. New Mexico prosecutors say 62-year-old Hak Ghun entered into a plea agreement Thursday with the U.S....

House OKs bill to create 9 additional judgeships

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Courts across New Mexico will get nine additional judges under a proposal approved by the House. The judiciary asked lawmakers for the judges to deal with case backlogs and help reduce delays in resolving lawsuits. The House...

NM man gets probation in pronghorn killing spree

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who worked briefly as a horse wrangler at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico has been ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation for his role in the killing of several pronghorn antelope....

Alamogordo man accused of growing pot in his home

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man is in federal custody for allegedly growing a large amount of marijuana inside his home. Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officials say 42-year-old Samuel Delgado is being held on suspicion of...

Man arrested after 110 mph chase in New Mexico

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash into a house and trailer. Authorities say 24-year-old Erick Vasquez is facing charges of...