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Pearce looks to WIPP to help solve nuke problem

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official in U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s office says the Republican congressman believes the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in New Mexico can handle shipments of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. Federal officials have proposed shipping as many as 3 million...

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Albuquerque police shooting trial begins

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A civil trial against the Albuquerque Police Department and a detective who fatally shot an Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder began Thursday as lawyers gave opening statements. Shannon Kennedy, attorney for the...

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...

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...