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Senate endorses bill on sexual abuse lawsuits

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Victims of childhood sexual abuse in New Mexico may have more time to bring a civil lawsuit under legislation approved by the Senate. The measure extends the statute of limitations for a damage lawsuit against an alleged abuser until the victim is age 35. Victims currently must file a lawsuit [&hellip...

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NM regulators repeal carbon cap and trade rules

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s participation in a regional cap and trade program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions became more unlikely Monday with a unanimous vote by state regulators. The decision by the Environmental Improvement...

Senate OKs bill for more contractor disclosure

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Information about the employees of government contractors will become available to the public through a government web site under a proposal that has passed the Senate. The legislation will require New Mexico’s “sunshine...

Lawmakers put off vote on Indian Affairs nominee

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee to lead the Indian Affairs Department is under scrutiny from lawmakers over possible illegal sales of cigarettes at a store operated by the cabinet secretary’s family. The Senate Rules...

House panel OKs budget leaving room for tax cuts

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A more than $5 billion state budget proposal is back on track in the House and the spending blueprint leaves nearly $42 million available for possible tax cuts advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and legislators. The budget...

NM lawmakers looking at tax cut for veterans

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering legislation that would give veterans a 25 percent tax exemption on their military pay beginning in 2013. Supporters of the bills under consideration in the House and Senate say the economic benefits...

ENMU sets enrollment record, passes 5,000 mark

February 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University says its enrollment for a spring semester has broken a school record. The Portales university announced Monday that student enrollment hit 5,084 students, surpassing the 5,000 mark for the first time in...

Man arrested in Albuquerque shooting death

February 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they arrested a known gang member after a shooting that left a man dead and a woman wounded. Police spokesman Sgt. Ferris Simmons says officers responding to a shots-fired call at an apartment near Lomas...

NM ghost town to reopen as murder stays unsolved

February 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

STEINS, N.M. (AP) — Seven months after 68-year-old Larry Link was gunned down in the dusty expanse of the ghost town he owned and where he once hosted tourists, his murder remains unsolved. Speculation about the killing — Link was shot five times, his...

Man dies after shots fired and crash in Las Cruces

February 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a man is dead after a rollover accident that may be connected to gunshots that were reported in the area just before the crash. The name of the 31-year-old man who died late Saturday hasn’t been released....