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House panel OKs tax increase for roads

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tax on car and truck purchases would increase to finance $300 million in highway improvements under legislation approved by a House panel. The motor vehicle excise tax would go from 3 percent to 4 percent until 2028 under a bill endorsed Thursday by the Transportation and Public Works [&hellip...

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Farmington police say man threw semen at 2 women

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say they’re searching for a man who allegedly threw or ejaculated semen on two female shoppers at a store. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/XGAmiT) says detectives were able to get surveillance pictures of the man,...

Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Silver City tax preparer already serving prison time has been indicted for allegedly filing more than $72,000 in fake tax returns. A grand jury for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe returned the...

Education funding increases under House proposal

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has endorsed a proposal to provide tens of millions of additional dollars for public education. The Voters and Elections Committee voted 10-1 on Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment to keep the annual...

House approves PRC qualifications bill

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Future members of New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency will need to meet increased qualifications for the $90,000-a-year job under legislation unanimously approved Thursday by the House. The proposal, which heads to the Senate...

Return of gray wolves to Southwest slow going

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mexican gray wolf No. 1105 was shot dead by wildlife managers after having a tryst — and puppies — with a common ranch dog. No. 1188, an alpha female, was almost executed, then taken away from her pups and pack, for killing...

Governor backs new immigrant license proposal

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is backing a proposal to offer temporary driver’s licenses to certain immigrant youths but stop New Mexico from granting licenses to other immigrants who illegally came to the country. Martinez...

NM’s Sierra County sheriff has pay suspended

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Sierra County Commission in New Mexico has voted to suspend the pay of Sheriff Joe Baca. That’s after an Albuquerque television station reported that Baca has been living in Missouri, but still collecting checks for being...

New Mexico reports 2 pediatric flu deaths

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two children have died from the flu in New Mexico over the past month, bringing to 89 the number of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths in the state this season, the New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday. Health officials...

NM man accused in beating death of 3-year-old girl

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mimbres man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Grant County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Nicholas Grijalva is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond...