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Albuquerque school head disappointed on NCLB miss

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district says he’s disappointed but not surprised that New Mexico didn’t get a No Child Left Behind waiver. Albuquerque school chief Winston Brooks said Thursday that state officials were told by federal officials in January that the state’s new A-F school...

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Bill nixed for ending time limits in murder cases

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to eliminate time limits for prosecuting homicides has stalled in a Senate committee and is likely dead for the session. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to put the...

NM House OKs change in legislative pension plan

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits. No other state...

Court rules in favor of governor in union dispute

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez won a court fight with labor unions Thursday over her appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government employees. State District Court Judge Nan Nash...

'Transparency' guv declines to release schedule

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post...

Lt. Gov. drops bid for US Senate

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate. Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed...

Senate leader blocks NM regulatory agency revamp

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez has blocked all measures to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for elected members. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

ACLU suing NM city over Ten Commandments monument

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

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...

2 NM men arrested in alleged kidnapping of woman

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

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 (0)

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...