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New chairmen for 3 NM Senate committees

January 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three new chairmen will lead Senate committees, including ones dealing with the high-profile issues of education and health care, during the Legislature’s 60-day session. Despite turnover in the top-ranking Senate leadership post this session, there wasn’t a massive reshuffling of committee chairmen. Five senators are...

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New computer system skews NM unemployment claims

January 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new computer system is skewing the data on unemployment claims in New Mexico. The state’s “fully integrated tax and claims system” launched Jan. 6. But because the switchover was done Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, those...

Ex-NM Congress candidate indicted in stalking case

January 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico congressional candidate accused of stalking a political rival and slashing the tires on her vehicles has been indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury. The indictment accuses Gary Smith of aggravated stalking...

NM man facing charges in meat cleaver attack

January 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FLORA VISTA, N.M. (AP) — A San Juan County man who was shot during an altercation last week is facing charges for allegedly threatening a man with a meat cleaver. The sheriff’s office says Tyson Mclemee is being held in the county jail on charges of...

Retired teacher takes over House education panel

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Albuquerque educator and a longtime labor union activist are taking over the leadership of the House Education Committee, which will handle school improvement proposals advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. House...

Man with drugs in underwear arrested in Las Cruces

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man who had five plastic bags of methamphetamine, heroin and crack cocaine taped to his underwear. Las Cruces police say 31-year-old Sean Paul Halpern is being held in the Dona Ana County...

NM girl faces murder trial in foster mom’s killing

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — One of two New Mexico girls accused of killing their foster mother will face a murder trial after a plea agreement was scrapped, a newspaper reported. Desiree Linares and fellow 16-year-old Alexis Shields are accused of smothering...

Santa Fe eyes toughen penalty for jaywalking

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials are considering a big increase in the city’s current penalty for jaywalking after backing off from an even stiffer penalty. The City Council’s public safety committee is endorsing a traffic code amendment...

Conference on oil shale scheduled in Farmington

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Speakers from major oil companies and the U.S. Department of Energy are expected to participate in a conference on the potential for shale oil production in the San Juan Basin. The conference is scheduled to be held March 18-19 at...

Economist says migration keeps NM jobless rate low

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An economist says one reason why New Mexico’s unemployment rate is only 6.2 percent could be because some people leave the state to find work elsewhere. University of New Mexico economist Lee Reynis says natural population...