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Proposal boosts payout from NM permanent fund

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early childhood programs would receive a dramatic funding increase under a legislative proposal to boost how much is paid out each year from one of New Mexico’s permanent funds. A coalition of religious and education groups, business leaders, labor unions and social advocacy organizations on Thursday promoted a constitutional...

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NM committee OKs proposal for same-sex marriage

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters could decide whether to legalize gay marriage under a proposal that’s cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature. The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday in favor of a constitutional...

GOP lawmakers propose overhaul NM tax system

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers proposed Thursday to significantly revamp New Mexico’s governmental finance system by relying more on taxing people and businesses on what they consume and spend rather than the income they earn. Rep. Tom...

Judge allows NM ranchers to pursue grazing claim

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico ranchers are being allowed to try to prove their claim that a Carson National Forest official reduced their grazing permits in retaliation for criticizing the official. The Santa Fe New Mexican...

Ex-Sunland Park candidate drops mayor bid

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The losing mayoral candidate and victim of an alleged extortion plot in a troubled New Mexico border city has given up his legal fight to claim the seat. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/11icQMw) that former Sunland...

FBI: Human bone found in Elephant Butte not ID’d

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a human bone discovered at a New Mexico reservoir believed to be connected to possible victims of a decades-old sex torture case couldn’t be identified. The Albuquerque office of the medical examiner said this...

State senator proposes arming teachers

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state senator has introduced legislation to let school employees carry guns. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/WCdL6E ) the bill by Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort of Sandia Park would allow each school in the state...

NM opens statewide mental health hotline

January 31, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday. Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy...

NM could lose millions of US education funding

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Millions of dollars of federal money for special-education programs in New Mexico is at risk because the state hasn’t met all of Washington’s requirements to qualify for the funding. Public Education Department officials...

NM teen hit, killed by passenger train

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has been hit and killed by a passenger train in Bernalillo. Bernalillo Police Chief Julian Gonzales says the teen was crossing the tracks at the south end of town when he was hit. Gonzales says the...