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Lawmakers, governor at odds over revenue outlook

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration are at odds over the state’s revenue outlook. The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday that there’s no reason to change the most recent revenue forecast calling for the state to have about $283 million...

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Lawmakers propose changing film and TV subsidies

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are working on a compromise proposal to sweeten a tax subsidy in hopes of drawing more television projects to the state. A House committee on Monday postponed consideration of a film industry measure after a...

Man gets 51 months in prison for NM bank robbery

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man who used a toy gun during a bank robbery has been sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Claudio Morales Medrano’s sentence Monday....

Helicopter with NM game officer goes down in NM

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three people suffered bumps and bruises when their helicopter made a hard landing in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Lynn says an officer with the state Game and Fish Department,...

Holloman AFB officer killed in Colo. ski accident

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — A man killed in a ski accident in Colorado last weekend was an officer at New Mexico’s Holloman Air Force Base. Air Force officials say 27-year-old First Lt. Arthur M. Glaz was the vehicle management flight...

Compromise NM bill on gun checks heading to House

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A compromise bill to expand background checks for gun buyers is heading to the New Mexico House for debate and has the backing of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week would...

Senate confirms New Mexico state police chief

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously confirmed the appointment of State Police Chief Robert Shilling. Shilling was named chief of the state law enforcement agency in April 2011, after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office. The Senate...

Waivers on school class sizes now poised to expire

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — School districts across the state could be forced to hire more teachers next year. Temporary relief provided by the state during the Great Recession enabled New Mexico school districts to increase class sizes as a way to cope with...

Santa Fe purchases 225 guns at 2nd buyback event

February 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe bought about 225 guns at its second no-questions-asked gun buyback event. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/WDfmKs) that would-be gun sellers formed a line at a police building before Saturday’s...

NM lawmakers hear complaints about voting issues

February 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers heard complaints about a litany of voting issues at a hearing that focused on election issues that arose in November’s general election. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/Y2U6JK ) that lawmakers...