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NM public employee pension plan changes proposed

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Retired public employees could see their yearly cost-of-living adjustments shrink under a plan recommended to New Mexico lawmakers Friday that would shore up the long-term finances of a pension plan for more than 50,000 workers. Other proposals endorsed by the governing board of the Public Employees Retirement Association will...

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State-owned airplane damaged at Santa Fe airport

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say a government-owned twin-engine airplane is out of commission because of an accident at the Santa Fe airport. The General Services Department said the 2006 Beechcraft King Air was hit Friday by a small tractor called...

NM livestock owners warned of viral outbreak

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico livestock owners are being urged to take precautions against a severe strain of a virus that causes outbreaks in horses and other animals. The New Mexico Livestock Board and the state veterinary warned of the possible...

NM higher education gets poor grades in new report

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico colleges and universities are some of the most underperforming nationwide when it comes to students’ success, according to a report released this week. Competitive Workforce, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate,...

Santa Fe police enact new misconduct policy

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say they will dismiss any officers who commit deception or serious misconduct as part of a new zero-tolerance policy. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/PIOpz8) reports the new policy going into effect Friday...

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in a wooded area along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of New Mexico’s largest city has charred about 360 acres. Authorities say the fire continues to burn on both the east and west sides of the river but is a...

NM judge expects delay in move to new courthouse

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new district courthouse in Santa Fe likely will sit vacant for several months early next year because a state board led by Gov. Susana Martinez won’t provide an emergency loan to pay for furniture and computer. Judges and court...

NM education department won't delay school grades

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is rejecting a call to postpone A-F grades for more than 800 public schools. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/NTWjaA ) that the state Public Education Department said Wednesday...

Baseball team leaving Carlsbad over alcohol spat

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A minor league baseball team has struck out in Carlsbad because of a disagreement about the sale of alcohol at games. The Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/KPsCIe) reports Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway confirmed Wednesday the Carlsbad...

PERA considering cuts to state pension benefits

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico is considering making cuts in future retirement benefits for more than 54,000 government workers. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/MNnlLh) reports PERA officials are...