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Governor vetoes bill for NM corporate tax revision

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a proposal Tuesday to revamp the tax treatment of large multi-state retailers and slightly reduce New Mexico’s top corporate income tax rate. The governor said she rejected the proposal because it would raise taxes on some large companies, could hurt the state’s economic...

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Governor vetoes judicial retirement overhaul

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a proposal to shore up the financing of pensions for judges and magistrates. The Republican governor said Tuesday the bill would require taxpayers to pay more for the retirement programs, which receive...

NM streamlines permitting for geothermal companies

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The permitting process for companies wanting to develop New Mexico’s geothermal resources will be easier under a measure signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. The Republican governor says the aim is to increase renewable...

Navajos look to invest in grid connection project

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race. Navajo Nation President...

ACLU: Pregnant NM teen humiliated at Indian school

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was initially kicked out of a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school then forced to stand before a school assembly to announce that she was pregnant, bringing public embarrassment to the eighth-grader, according...

Border Patrol seizes nearly 400 pounds of pot

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Border Patrol agents working in the Deming area seized 19 bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 400 pounds and arrested a Mexican national suspected of being a drug smuggler. Agents stopped a truck driven by a 38-year-old man last Friday...

FBI: Man arrested in robbery of New Mexico bank

March 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI says an Albuquerque man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery. Authorities say 23-year-old Jeffry Stablein was taken into custody as a suspect in the robbery of the New Mexico Bank & Trust. Witnesses say a...

NM governor signs unemployment fund tax bill

March 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico businesses will save more than $81 million this year on the premiums they pay into the state’s unemployment compensation fund under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez. The Republican governor...

Police: NM robber may have left 'severed finger'

March 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a robbery suspect may have left a piece of his finger behind at a robbery crime scene KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/yXFEMG) that police arrived to an Albuquerque smoke shop after a report of shots fired at a...

Voters pick new mayor in bizarre border town race

March 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Voters in this border town will pick a new mayor Tuesday in what has become a bizarre and uncertain election. Some residents — and apparently some non-residents — have already cast early ballots in the race that has seen Mayor...