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House approves bill for state ethics commission

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a proposal to establish an independent commission to investigate alleged ethical violations by state workers, legislators, elected state officials, lobbyists and governmental contractors. The measure would establish an 11-member Ethics Commission appointed by legislative leaders, the governor and the chief...

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House OKs proposal for independent public defender

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a proposal for establishing an independent Public Defender Department in state government. The proposal cleared the House on a 42-27 vote on Wednesday and is needed to implement a constitutional amendment...

NM Senate to debate public worker pension overhaul

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Current and future public employee retirees would see smaller cost-of-living adjustments under a proposal before New Mexico lawmakers to rebuild the long-term finances of a pension plan for more than 55,000 state and municipal workers....

NM GOP fails to force immigrant license debate

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Allies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez narrowly failed Wednesday in trying to revive legislation to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to most illegal immigrants. A Martinez-backed license proposal has been bottled...

Hobbs man arrested in his girlfriend’s death

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Hobbs man is in custody in connection with the death of his girlfriend. Lea County sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Timmithy Stover got into a fight with 28-year-old Candiace Boone on Tuesday. They say Stover...

Jail officer cleared of beating inmate in 2011

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has cleared a former corrections officer of the most serious charge stemming from an inmate beating at the Albuquerque jail. Authorities say 24-year-old Kevin James Casaus was accused of beating inmate Christopher...

Albuquerque police fatally shoot man after chase

March 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three police officers shot and killed a man linked into a white supremacist gang following a two-hour search and chase in Albuquerque — the 18th fatal, officer-involved shooting in the city since 2010. The latest death occurred...

Man shot in Sandia Casino parking garage

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI and Sandia police are investigating a non-fatal shooting that occurred in the underground parking garage of Sandia Resort Casino in Albuquerque. Authorities say 32-year-old Luis Tobanche suffered a gunshot wound to the neck...

Senate panel blocks GOP bill on immigrant licenses

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel has blocked a proposal by a Republican leader to allow one-year driving permits to immigrants who illegally came to the country and separate licenses to certain immigrant youths. GOP Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales...

$15.5M settlement reached in NM confinement case

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county announced Tuesday that it reached a $15.5 million settlement to end the legal battle over the case of a man who was held in solitary confinement for two years without a trial and was so neglected that he...