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NM education officials probing Cuba Schools

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Cuba Independent Schools is facing a state probe for licensure and financial issues and the district’s superintendent has announced he is resigning. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/zRYW8g) that the state’s Public Education Department said Thursday it was investigating the district amid troubles that include the recent firing...

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Albuquerque school head disappointed on NCLB miss

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district says he’s disappointed but not surprised that New Mexico didn’t get a No Child Left Behind waiver. Albuquerque school chief Winston Brooks said Thursday...

Bill nixed for ending time limits in murder cases

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to eliminate time limits for prosecuting homicides has stalled in a Senate committee and is likely dead for the session. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to put the...

NM House OKs change in legislative pension plan

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits. No other state...

Court rules in favor of governor in union dispute

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez won a court fight with labor unions Thursday over her appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government employees. State District Court Judge Nan Nash...

'Transparency' guv declines to release schedule

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post...

Lt. Gov. drops bid for US Senate

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate. Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed...

Senate leader blocks NM regulatory agency revamp

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez has blocked all measures to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for elected members. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

ACLU suing NM city over Ten Commandments monument

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Bloomfield residents over a Ten Commandments monument displayed at City Hall. The lawsuit alleges that the monument is a government endorsement of...

2 NM men arrested in alleged kidnapping of woman

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s say two men wanted for allegedly kidnapping and beating a woman last weekend now are in custody. They say 45-year-old David Grill and 42-year-old Michael Strubhar surrendered to authorities Wednesday...