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PNM weighs options for future of coal-fired power plant

March 16, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s largest electric utility says a preliminary analysis of options for supplying power in the future shows that closing a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico in five years could be beneficial for customers. Public Service Co. of New Mexico made the announcement Thursday, saying no decision has been...

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Ex-bus driver in Las Cruces gets prison for sex with student

March 16, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say former bus driver in Las Cruces has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal sexual contact with a minor. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Darien Pete also will have to register as a sex offender upon release...

New Mexico students rally at Capitol for education funding

March 16, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A rally in support of greater state funding for public education in New Mexico encircled the state Capitol to chants of “save our schools” on Thursday as time ran short for lawmakers to resolve a general fund budget...

Details of New Mexico ethics commission under negotiation

March 16, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters could be asked next year whether to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals. The Legislature inched closer Thursday to approval of a proposed...

The Latest: Martinez breaks silence on vetoes

March 16, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve a New Mexico state budget crisis (all times local): ___ 9:00 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has broken her silence on a string of Senate bills vetoes that came with no explanation. In a written...

Clovis woman and son accused of incest enter no contest plea

March 15, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A mother and her son accused of having an incestuous relationship have entered a no contest plea. KOB-TV reports that 37-year-old Monica Mares and her 20-year-old biological son, Caleb Peterson, accepted plea agreements Wednesday before...

House panel OKs bill restricting guns in statehouse

March 15, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would prohibit visitors to the New Mexico state capitol from openly carrying firearms inside the building has been endorsed by a panel of House lawmakers. The House Judiciary Committee voted 8-5 Wednesday to recommend...

Navajo flags to be lowered for slain tribal police officer

March 15, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has ordered flags across the American Indian reservation to be lowered in honor of a tribal police officer who was gunned down while on duty. Begaye says it’s moments like the shooting...

New Mexico group hosts anti-deportation training

March 15, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico activists joined advocacy groups across the country on Wednesday in providing training to people seeking to help immigrants avoid deportation as advocates nationwide prepare for stepped up immigration enforcement from the...

Governor, AG predict New Mexico State will make Sweet 16

March 15, 2017 • AP Basketball, State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and state Attorney General Hector Balderas are members of opposite political parties, but they agree that New Mexico State’s men’s basketball team will reach the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen. The...