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Gun debate likely to intensify in NM Legislature

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The shooting deaths of five members of an Albuquerque family likely will intensify a debate in the Legislature over restrictions on firearms, lawmakers said Monday. A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Saturday’s shooting deaths of his parents, a brother and two younger sisters. A .22-caliber rifle and a semi-automatic...

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Democrats plan bill for state-run health exchange

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A potential clash looms between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over the administration’s plan to implement a state-run health insurance exchange. At issue is whether state law must be...

NM proposal would allow concealed handguns in bars

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican legislator is proposing to allow people licensed to have a concealed handgun to take their weapons into a bar. Rep. Zach Cook, a Ruidoso lawyer, introduced the measure last week in the House. The proposal is similar to a...

Las Cruces council to mull pay hike for manager

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council will consider Tuesday whether to raise the salary of City Manager Robert Garza. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/VFkjAP ) that the hike would raise Garza’s salary to $166,000 and be...

Report: NM teen had homicidal, suicidal thoughts

January 21, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

Bernalillo County authorities are stationed outside a home south of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, where two adults and three children were found shot to death. Authorities say a teenager has been arrested and booked on murder and other charges...

New postmaster picked for Farmington

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The new postmaster in Farmington is the first American Indian to hold the post in the Post Office’s 134-year history in the city. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/13OxSBK) that 37-year-old Postmaster Steve...

Balloons flying despite rally’s cancellation

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Hot air balloons are flying in the Mesilla Valley this weekend despite the cancellation of a rally of balloonists. The 2013 Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally had been a fixture of the area since 1982 but has struggled in recent years. The...

Ex-Public Regulation Commission employee wins case

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Public Regulation Commission employee has won a $355,000 civil jury award after finding that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out problems at the agency. But The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

A better gateway to the Rio Grande

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County’s only public access to the Rio Grande would undergo environmental restoration and get improved facilities if a proposed project gets the green light from federal officials this spring. A pair of nonprofits called...

Fire chief: Chaplain is 1 of 5 NM shooting victims

January 20, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

Bernalillo County authorities are stationed outside a home south of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, where two adults and three children were found shot to death. Authorities say a teenager has been arrested and booked on murder and other charges...