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Senate panel OKs budget without teacher merit pay

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers. The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on Friday, sending the measure to the 42-member Senate for consideration. The [&hellip...

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Man re-indicted in 2011 double homicide in Clovis

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been re-indicted for his alleged involvement in a 2011 double homicide in Clovis. New Mexico prosecutors say 28-year-old Enrique DeLeon originally was indicted for first-degree murder in the deaths of Joe Valero...

Owners of NM Gas Co. consider selling

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The owners of New Mexico Gas Co. are considering selling the utility. Spokeswoman Teala Kail confirmed late Friday that there has been interest expressed in buying the Albuquerque-based utility. She declined to release any other...

NM proposal limits legislative email disclosure

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee approved a proposal Friday that could protect legislators’ email from being publicly disclosed through requests made under a New Mexico open government law. The proposed change in legislative rules unanimously...

NM couple withdraws lawsuit against Army Corps

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal battle between a Santa Fe County couple and the Army Corps of Engineers over whether the couple could cleanup an arroyo on their 20-acre property without violating the federal Clean Water Act is over. A lawyer representing...

Albuquerque man wins more than $2M in Powerball

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lottery officials say an Albuquerque man has come forward to claim more than $2 million in prizes in this week’s Powerball game. John Baker says he put five wagers on a single Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s...

NM man convicted of killing officer denied parole

March 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former death row inmate convicted of killing an Albuquerque police officer was denied parole, the New Mexico Parole Board announced Friday. In a statement, the board said it was not in the “best interest of society”...

NM Senate approves government pension overhaul

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate approved a proposal Thursday to revamp benefits and eligibility of a pension system for nearly 90,000 state and local government workers and retirees in New Mexico. Supporters said the changes were necessary to improve the...

Straight-ticket balloting option clears NM Senate

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to restore the option of voting a straight party ticket in New Mexico elections is heading to the House. The Senate approved the measure Thursday on a party-line 24-17 vote. Democrats supported the proposal and Republicans...

Police: ‘Home alone’ 10-year-old stops NM burglary

March 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a heist by three suspected burglars in Albuquerque was thwarted after a 10-year-old who was home alone called 911. Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez says three teenagers were arrested Thursday following a...