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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 religion and violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as [&hellip...

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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...

House approves New Mexico immigrant license repeal

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses setting up a showdown with the state Senate where a similar measure died last year. By a vote of 45 to 25, the full...

NM District judge says he’s resigning this month

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district judge accused of bribery says he’ll resign from his position. Judge Michael Murphy announced Wednesday that he will retire from the bench, effective Feb. 24. Murphy was indicted last year on bribery...

Senate confirms governor’s nominee for energy post

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed John Bemis as secretary of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Bemis, an attorney with experience in oil and natural gas law, won confirmation unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday....

Senate confirms Indian Affairs Sec. Arthur Allison

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Indian Affairs Secretary Arthur Allison won Senate confirmation Wednesday despite questions about allegedly illegal cigarette sales at his family’s store on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. The Senate voted...

NM House approves $5B state budget proposal

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers. The...

Austrian pilot eyes record space plunge to Roswell

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell may be getting a new visitor from space. The website of Red Bull announced Tuesday that daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team are headed to Roswell for the final planning of a 23-mile plunge....

NM Supreme Court hears redistricting appeal

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into a political dispute over legislative redistricting that could influence elections for the coming decade and may help determine whether Republicans can win a majority in the state House...

Environmentalists sue over trapping in New Mexico

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Tuesday against wildlife managers over their decision last summer to lift a trapping ban in southwestern New Mexico where the federal government is reintroducing Mexican gray wolves. WildEarth...