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Committee kills assault rifle ban

February 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico house committee has killed a proposed ban on assault weapons. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/W83Bxg ) the five-member House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 to table the bill late Thursday. Democratic committee chair Rep. Eliseo Alcon of Milan joined the panel’s two Republicans to...

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House OKs state budget with merit pay for teachers

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration will receive money to establish a merit pay system for teachers under a proposed state budget approved Thursday by the House despite objections from Democrats. The House approved...

Ex-officer of NM project pleads guilty in tax case

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former director of an economic development project for the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. New Mexico prosecutors say 62-year-old Hak Ghun entered into a plea agreement Thursday with the U.S....

House OKs bill to create 9 additional judgeships

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Courts across New Mexico will get nine additional judges under a proposal approved by the House. The judiciary asked lawmakers for the judges to deal with case backlogs and help reduce delays in resolving lawsuits. The House...

NM man gets probation in pronghorn killing spree

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who worked briefly as a horse wrangler at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico has been ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation for his role in the killing of several pronghorn antelope....

Alamogordo man accused of growing pot in his home

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man is in federal custody for allegedly growing a large amount of marijuana inside his home. Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officials say 42-year-old Samuel Delgado is being held on suspicion of...

Man arrested after 110 mph chase in New Mexico

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash into a house and trailer. Authorities say 24-year-old Erick Vasquez is facing charges of...

Gay marriage proposal fails in NM House panel

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee has shelved a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The Voters and Elections Committee voted 7-to-4 on Thursday to block a constitutional amendment proposed by Democratic Rep. Brian...

Man sought in NM shooting arrested in Silver City

February 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive sought in a shooting at a southwestern New Mexico highway rest stop was arrested in a Silver City house following a five-hour standoff that ended when law enforcement officers stormed inside. Nathan Rowland was arrested...

NM Senate, House at odds over regulatory changes

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are at odds over how to carry out a voter mandate for increasing the qualifications for future members of the state’s utility regulatory agency. The Senate approved a proposal Wednesday on a 32-8 vote that...