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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 described the proposal as a compromise from the governor’s previous efforts to stop [&hellip...

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$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...

Senate approves stem cell research proposal

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure to allow human embryonic stem cell research in New Mexico has passed the Senate. The proposal would permit couples with leftover embryos at in-vitro fertilization clinics to donate them for research rather than have a clinic...

Jury finds UNM’s renovation of ‘The Pit’ legal

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe jury has ruled in favor of a company accused of skimming taxpayers in the $60 million renovation of the University of New Mexico’s basketball arena known as “The Pit.” The 10-person jury decided Tuesday...

NM State Police investigate Santa Fe shooting

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a police shooting at a Santa Fe home that left a man wounded. Police say Santa Fe Officer Charles Laramie responded to an alarm call at the home Monday and shot and wounded a man on the...

Senate approves unemployment tax overhaul

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to revamp how much employers pay into New Mexico’s unemployment insurance program is heading to the House. The Senate approved an overhaul of the financing system on a 40-2 vote on Tuesday. One provision would require...

Gov. urges lawmakers to pass biz-friendly bills

March 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations to lock space tourism company Virgin Galactic into a long-term lease at the spaceport New Mexico taxpayers built for it are on hold while a proposal to broaden liability exemptions for space companies lingers in the...

Senate approves higher minimum wage in New Mexico

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 an hour under Senate-passed legislation. The wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. Democratic Sen. Richard Martinez of Espanola said Monday an increase is needed because...

NM man facing prison after guilty plea in sex case

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Two Grey Hills man has pleaded guilty in a child sex abuse case in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Erick McDonald entered a plea agreement Monday. They say McDonald pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact...

NM says new signups for high-risk program halted

March 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say new enrollments in a program that’s part of the 2010 federal care overhaul are being suspended because there’s only enough money to pay for those already enrolled. The Public Regulation...