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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 differs significantly from a House-passed measure setting new standards for Public Regulation [&hellip...

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Albuquerque police shooting ruled unconstitutional

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has ruled that a 2010 fatal officer-involved shooting of an Iraq War veteran was unconstitutional. Judge Shannon Bacon ruled Wednesday that the shooting of Kenneth Ellis III by Albuquerque officer Bret...

Probe into Albuquerque police crash inconclusive

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a fatal crash involving an Albuquerque police officer wasn’t able to determine if the officer was chasing a possible drunk driver as he claimed. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department...

Martinez to attend meeting of nation’s governors

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to the nation’s capital for a meeting of the National Governors’ Association. A Martinez spokesman said the governor will head to Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The meeting of the...

NM House OKs larger subsidy for TV production

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Television shows filmed in New Mexico could qualify for larger tax incentives under a proposal the state House unanimously approved Wednesday in hopes of bringing more long-running TV series and their jobs to the state. The...

Feds pull draft plan for managing certain wolves

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have decided to withdrawal a preliminary proposal for managing wolves that would roam into the American Southwest from other areas. Counties and tribal governments in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas...

Albuquerque mayor disputes enforcing minimum wage

February 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Richard Berry says it isn’t up to him to enforce the voter-approved ordinance increasing the minimum wage in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/YFrzL2 ) that Berry said in a written statement...

NM DPS: Dead body found near village of Rowe

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State authorities say the body of a woman has been found just outside the village of Rowe. A New Mexico Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the body about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Rowe Mesa. There’s no immediate word on...

Las Cruces man wanted for assaulting girlfriend

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for a Las Cruces man who allegedly battered his girlfriend. Authorities say 35-year-old Federico Vacio was formally charged Tuesday with second-degree kidnapping and battery...

Minimum wage inflation indexing blocked in panel

February 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation stalled Tuesday after a House committee’s Democratic leader opposed the measure. An effort to send the measure to the 70-member House failed on a 6-5 vote in...