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Cuts loom in New Mexico unemployment benefits

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans qualifying for extended unemployment benefits starting next month will have their payments reduced by 25 percent because of federal spending cutbacks, state officials announced Wednesday. The Department of Workforce Solutions estimated the cuts initially could affect 2,100 people. The reductions won’t apply to...

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NM transgender student skips graduation over flap

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A transgender student at an Albuquerque high school has skipped his graduation over a dispute about what color robe he had to wear. Officials at St. Pius X Catholic School insisted that because Damian Garcia was born as a girl, he...

NM school funding error snags districts

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A problem with a computer form’s alphabetical listing caused dozens of New Mexico school districts and charter schools to get too much state funding, while others didn’t get enough. The state Public Education...

Man pleads guilty to robbing 5 NM businesses

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to robbing five Albuquerque-area businesses at gunpoint during a three-month span last year. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Julio Francia, of Albuquerque, entered his plea Wednesday. He’s been in federal...

NM students could win prizes for reading books

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico children could win a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom or ride in a hot air balloon with Gov. Susana Martinez under a program that state officials hope will encourage students to read when they aren’t in school....

Judge who retired faced NM misconduct allegations

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has unsealed records indicating that a San Miguel County probate judge faced allegations of misconduct when he retired in March. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/12VQxtk ) reports that the records...

NM judge unseals most documents in Chavez case

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A judge in the case of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife in 2007 agreed Wednesday to unseal most of the pretrial documents sought by media outlets. But Sandoval District Court George Eichwald also ruled...

NM man dies after wind blows him off roof of barn

May 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 39-year-old Moriarty man was fatally injured when gusting winds blew him off a Moriarty-area barn roof. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Johnson says the gust apparently carried Bradley Cartright about 75 yards when he was...

NM sees oil production jump 46 percent

May 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil production in New Mexico has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last three years, making it one of five western states that have helped boost national production over the last three years. Statistics from the U.S. Energy...

Trial for NM accused of killing dad is pushed back

May 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The trial for an Albuquerque teenager accused of killing his father on a November 2010 hunting trip in the Gila National Forest has been pushed back. Trial had been scheduled to begin in July for 18-year-old Thomas Manning. But...