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Family: NM lawmaker OK after passing out in office

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran state legislator was hospitalized Friday after briefly passing out in his office in the Capitol, officials said. Democratic Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela of Santa Fe should be released from the hospital later in the day and planned to return to the legislative session for its adjournment Saturday, according...

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NM governor vetoes TV, film incentives expansion

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez, whose crackdown on unlimited film subsidies has been blamed for a drop in TV and movie production in New Mexico, vetoed a so-called “Breaking Bad” bill on Friday that would have sweetened the tax deal...

NM Senate panel OKs gun show background checks

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows has cleared another legislative hurdle, but it was unclear whether a final vote would come before lawmakers adjourn Saturday. The Senate...

Group threatens to sue feds over lizard

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are threatening to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s decision not to grant endangered species protections to a lizard found only in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Federal...

NM governor joins US delegation for papal ceremony

March 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will join a presidential delegation in traveling to Rome for the installation of Pope Francis. The White House announced Friday that the Republican governor will be part of a delegation led by Vice...

Governor signs NM pay equity protections

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law that supporters say expands protections against wage discrimination based on gender. The measure approved by the Legislature will allow New Mexicans to file lawsuits for...

NM lawmakers OK unemployment system fix

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up the finances of New Mexico’s unemployment compensation program has won final approval in the Legislature. The measure would establish a new system for automatically setting tax rates that determine how much...

Police: Man killed in Las Cruces motorcycle crash

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say man has died in a motorcycle accident in Las Cruces. Las Cruces police identify the victim as 25-year-old Wayne Andrew “Drew” Jaramillo. They say he crashed into a friend’s vehicle at a high rate of...

Interior secretary in NM to finalize water deal

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in New Mexico to finalize the settlement of a decades-long water rights battle in northern New Mexico. The Interior Department says Salazar met Thursday in Santa Fe with pueblo leaders from Tesuque,...

Bill on time for student-parents goes to Martinez

March 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High school students who are becoming parents would be entitled to excused time off from classes under a bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature. The measure allowing pregnant students or fathers-to-be to miss as many as 10 days...