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NM Supreme Court rejects House redistricting plan

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map. The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was a victory for Democrats and the Legislature, which had challenged a redistricting plan [&hellip...

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NM weighs request for massive water appropriation

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The thought of sinking more than three dozen wells in the San Augustin Plains of western New Mexico and pumping out billions of gallons of water each year to meet demands miles away has hundreds of New Mexicans riled up. A group of...

4 GOP presidential candidates on NM primary ballot

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have earned a place on New Mexico’s June 5 primary election ballot. Secretary of State Dianna Duran said Friday that President Barack Obama...

Shiprock counselor focuses on traditional methods

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The towering Shiprock pinnacle is perfectly framed by a window in Wilson De Vore’s modular classroom tucked behind Northwest High School. De Vore, the first traditional counselor on the payroll at Shiprock Associated Schools...

Governor wants Spaceport liability bill returned

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Before they go home, Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to take one more crack at passing legislation to protect spacecraft manufacturers from legal liability. The Senate Judiciary Committee this week declined to advance a bill...

NM education officials probing Cuba Schools

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Cuba Independent Schools is facing a state probe for licensure and financial issues and the district’s superintendent has announced he is resigning. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/zRYW8g) that the state’s Public Education...

Albuquerque school head disappointed on NCLB miss

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district says he’s disappointed but not surprised that New Mexico didn’t get a No Child Left Behind waiver. Albuquerque school chief Winston Brooks said Thursday...

Bill nixed for ending time limits in murder cases

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to eliminate time limits for prosecuting homicides has stalled in a Senate committee and is likely dead for the session. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to put the...

NM House OKs change in legislative pension plan

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits. No other state...

Court rules in favor of governor in union dispute

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez won a court fight with labor unions Thursday over her appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government employees. State District Court Judge Nan Nash...