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Clovis man accused of stealing MLK plaque

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is in custody for allegedly stealing a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial plaque from a city park. Clovis police say 27-year-old Jeremy R. Palmer was arrested Thursday. He’s being held on a $20,000 bond in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of larceny and [&hellip...

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NM man gets prison for assault on Navajo Nation

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for an assault conviction. New Mexico prosecutors say 45-year-old Torvold Kellywood was sentenced Thursday. He has been in federal...

House panel OKs tax increase for roads

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tax on car and truck purchases would increase to finance $300 million in highway improvements under legislation approved by a House panel. The motor vehicle excise tax would go from 3 percent to 4 percent until 2028...

Farmington police say man threw semen at 2 women

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say they’re searching for a man who allegedly threw or ejaculated semen on two female shoppers at a store. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/XGAmiT) says detectives were able to get surveillance pictures of the man,...

Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Silver City tax preparer already serving prison time has been indicted for allegedly filing more than $72,000 in fake tax returns. A grand jury for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe returned the...

Education funding increases under House proposal

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has endorsed a proposal to provide tens of millions of additional dollars for public education. The Voters and Elections Committee voted 10-1 on Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment to keep the annual...

House approves PRC qualifications bill

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Future members of New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency will need to meet increased qualifications for the $90,000-a-year job under legislation unanimously approved Thursday by the House. The proposal, which heads to the Senate...

Return of gray wolves to Southwest slow going

February 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mexican gray wolf No. 1105 was shot dead by wildlife managers after having a tryst — and puppies — with a common ranch dog. No. 1188, an alpha female, was almost executed, then taken away from her pups and pack, for killing...

Governor backs new immigrant license proposal

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is backing a proposal to offer temporary driver’s licenses to certain immigrant youths but stop New Mexico from granting licenses to other immigrants who illegally came to the country. Martinez...

NM’s Sierra County sheriff has pay suspended

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Sierra County Commission in New Mexico has voted to suspend the pay of Sheriff Joe Baca. That’s after an Albuquerque television station reported that Baca has been living in Missouri, but still collecting checks for being...