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House OKs ban on welfare benefit card use at bars

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has unanimously approved a measure to prohibit welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to make purchases or cash withdrawals at liquor stores, bars, casinos, strip clubs and other adult entertainment businesses. Rep. Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque Republican, said Wednesday the legislation is needed to...

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Santa Fe working on benefits mandate for partners

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal being developed by Santa Fe officials would require contractors doing work for the city to provide their employees with domestic partner benefits. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/Ya8LDz ) says it has yet to be...

NM jury split in case involving business rivals

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether to retry or drop a case against a Las Vegas businessman accused of striking a rival with a two-by-four piece of lumber. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/11L23dX ) reports that...

New Mexico chile acreage stabilizing

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s chile crop acreage has increased in the past two years since it hit a nearly 40-year low in 2010. Experts speaking at the state’s annual chile conference held Tuesday in Las Cruces reported that 9,600 acres...

Santa Fe police check video to identify vandals

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police are checking video surveillance recordings as they investigate recent vandalism that included using a BB gun or guns to shoot out several windows of in a downtown store. Police say several businesses’ windows were...

Sandia boss says job cuts unlikely due to budget

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official at Sandia National Laboratories say managers have been tightening the labs’ fiscal belt enough that they should be able to avoid job cuts despite current federal budget troubles. The nuclear weapons lab is...

House panel OKs minimum wage inflation adjustments

February 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has approved a proposal for increasing New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation each year. The measure cleared the Labor and Human Resources Committee on a party-line 5-4 vote on Tuesday. Republicans opposed the...

Report rates 21% of NM roads as poor, mediocre

February 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A national highway research group says a fifth of New Mexico’s roads need upgrading because they are in poor or mediocre condition. In a report issued Tuesday, the Washington, D.C-based group called TRIP said New Mexico’s...

Man walks into NM store with possible gun wound

February 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque are investigating what led to a man walking into a cellphone store with a possible gunshot wound. The man told employees at the store Tuesday that he had been shot. Police say the man has been taken to a...

US proposes recycling of nuke sites’ scrap metal

February 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is drawing opposition from the steel industry and others for its proposal to commercially recycle scrap metal from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other nuclear sites. The Department of Energy recommends that...