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Bill on time for student-parents goes to Martinez

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High school students who are becoming parents would be entitled to excused time off from classes under a bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature. The measure allowing pregnant students or fathers-to-be to miss as many as 10 days for birth gained approval from the Senate late Wednesday, sending it [&hellip...

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NM tribe to get leasing rights under federal law

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANDIA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Sandia Pueblo on Thursday became one of the nation’s first American Indian communities to have more authority over leasing their land under a law aimed at expediting home building and energy development on tribal lands. U.S....

House panel OK’s book diversity memorial

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House Education Committee has approved a measure aimed at encouraging diversity when it comes to book choices for New Mexico schools. The nonbinding memorial got the OK on Wednesday. Earlier this week, it was the focus of a debate...

Capital project financing clears NM Legislature Capital project financing clears NM Legislature

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal financing $274 million worth of capital improvements across New Mexico has won final approval in the Legislature. The projects range from state-owned building upgrades and school equipment to improving local athletic fields....

Public pension overhaul clears NM Legislature

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up the long-term finances of a pension system for state and local government workers in New Mexico cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and heads to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The measure addresses one of the...

Officials: Rabies confirmed in raccoon in Raton

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed rabies in a raccoon that was seen behaving erratically in downtown Raton. The raccoon was captured Monday and euthanized by an officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,...

NM lawmakers OKs budget despite veto threat

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are on a collision course over a proposed $5.9 billion state budget after lawmakers decided Wednesday to send her the spending blueprint despite a threatened...

Grant to replace contaminated homes under review

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is moving toward accepting a $3 million federal grant to replace homes that were demolished because they were contaminated by radioactive uranium. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/ZzDgnh ) reports that the Navajo...

Santa Fe Forest prescribed fire under way

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe National Forest is using prescribed fire to clear out dead trees and other debris on 300 acres in the Jemez Mountains. The project put up some smoke Tuesday but was postponed Wednesday. Officials say the burn will resume...

Tainted heroin reported in San Miguel County

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Tainted heroin apparently is to blame for one death and several hospitalizations among people booked into the San Miguel County jail in recent weeks, officials said. Authorities are using medical screenings and other steps to try to...