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Gov wants capital outlay reforms, threatens vetoes

March 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants the Legislature to revamp how New Mexico allocates hundreds of millions of dollars for capital improvements and the first-term governor threatens to veto projects, some of which she says are little more than political pork-barrel, to make her point. It’s a fight that puts Martinez [&hellip...

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Espanola city manager on the job despite charges

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city manager of Espanola will keep his job while he faces felony charges for allegedly accepting bribes from an asphalt company while working as Santa Fe County’s public works director. James Lujan, another former city...

Missing Farmington convention money reaches $400K

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Auditors sifting through records at the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau have identified at least $400,000 they believe was embezzled by the former executive director of the agency. Debbie Dusenbery committed suicide in...

Lab offers buyouts to hundreds of workers

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory are being offered severance packages of up to 39 weeks’ pay if they leave their jobs. The lab is trying to cut between 400 and 800 workers from its current workforce of 7,600 to deal...

DPS officer arrested in prostitution case

March 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they’ve arrested a state police officer after an investigation that began when he was spotted picking up a prostitute. A warrant charges 34-year-old Timothy Carlson with extortion, bribery, soliciting...

Gov vetoes bill providing $12M for highways

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to provide $12 million for highway maintenance has run into a bumpy road with Gov. Susana Martinez. The governor vetoed the proposal on Friday, saying it didn’t provide a long-term solution to New Mexico’s...

Gov vetoes bill to expunge some criminal records

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a measure to allow the removal from public view of records of a person who is arrested but not convicted of a crime. Martinez, a former prosecutor, rejected the bill on Friday, saying the proposal would...

Feds: Laguna Construction workers in kickback ring

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eight people connected to a Laguna Pueblo Indian-owned construction company were indicted by a federal grand jury in an elaborate kickback and money laundering scheme involving Iraqi construction projects, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J....

NM governor signs state budget, vetoes $2M

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers....

Explosives recovered inside a Farmington house

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two people are behind bars after San Juan County officials recovered explosives inside a northwest New Mexico home. Farmington police tell KOB-TV they got a tip that a couple had what was described as a bomb inside their home....