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NM educational pension fund hits nearly $10B

October 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s educational pension program reports strong investment returns during the past year and the fund’s finances reached a historical high. The Educational Retirement Board said the pension fund had assets valued at more than $9.7 billion at the end of September. The previous high was $9.6 billion in September...

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Group blasts feds over redacted wolf documents

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Tuesday accused federal wildlife managers of keeping secret some of the details behind decisions that led to the capture of a female Mexican gray wolf whose pack was blamed for several cattle killings in...

Ex-teacher in NM pleads guilty in child porn case

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a retired teacher in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Under a plea agreement announced Tuesday, prosecutors say 75-year-old Joseph F. Zinkiewicz will be sentenced to 10 years...

Albuquerque voters to decide minimum wage proposal

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal appearing on the November ballot aims to raise the minimum wage in Albuquerque by a dollar and establish automatic increases in the future to keep up with inflation. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Vz4IoZ)...

Santa Fe New Mexican to sell downtown building

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe New Mexican is selling its downtown office building and moving employees to its printing facility on the edge of town. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/POqxy8) that Santa Fe New Mexican owner Robin Martin announced...

1 killed, 1 wounded in bungled robbery of shop

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a clerk at an Albuquerque smoke shop fatally shot one man and injured another during a bungled robbery. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/QREK8t) that 29-year-old Ramon Salomon Sedillo died and...

Autopsy: Accidental choking caused inmate’s death

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy concludes that the death of a man who tried to swallow a bag of cocaine this summer at the Dona Ana County Detention Center was caused by accidental choking. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/TvFoPu) that the...

Navajo Nation president expected to sign tax bill

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe’s sales tax by 1 percent. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/RuKfM4) that the Navajo Nation Council passed the...

Ex-Navajo Nation officer sentenced in abuse case

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A former detention officer with the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Detention Center was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his conviction for sexually assaulting an inmate. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

NM court reverses convictions in double killing

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder convictions of a Santa Fe man for killing his pregnant teenage girlfriend and her father in 2009. The court on Monday ordered a new trial for Marino Leyba Jr., who was sentenced to at...