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$6.2B budget bill boosts education, tourism spending

February 21, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.2 billion budget bill for New Mexico that forms the blueprint for future spending discussions has cleared its first committee vote with near unanimous support. The amount of total general fund spending is nearly the same as that outlined by Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislative Finance Committee before [&hellip...

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Proposal would compensate guards in deadly 1980 prison riot

February 21, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation’s deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 fellow inmates during a clash that included...

Bill would compensate officers in ’80 New Mexico prison riot

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

Correctional officer Robert Darnell, standing, testifies in support of legislation that calls for compensation for officers involved in the 1980 riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico during a House committee hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Feb. 19,...

New Mexico Senate panel passes on spaceport sale bill

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

New Mexico Spaceport Authority executive director Christine Anderson defends Spaceport America during a legislative committee meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee advanced without a...

Authorities: Santa Fe County employee accused of embezzling

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe County employee has been accused of embezzling and tampering with public records. County Sheriff’s officials say 32-year-old Carolyn E. Montano, of Rowe, is facing felony charges in the case. It was unclear Thursday if...

New Mexico lawmakers want to create 500-mile statewide trail

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico lawmakers wants to create a 500-mile, statewide recreation trail that stretches from Colorado to Texas and weaves through majestic vistas, monuments and cultural areas in the Land of Enchantment. Called the Rio...

FBI seeks Acoma Pueblo man in woman’s suspicious death

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Mexico are looking for a 32-year-old Acoma Pueblo man in the suspicious death of a woman last year. The FBI said Nathan Chavez is considered a “person of interest” in the case but FBI spokesman...

Boston-based ad agency chosen to promote Santa Fe

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Boston-based advertising agency could receive a $900,000 contract to promote the city of Santa Fe despite objections from some. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://goo.gl/e3j0GR) that the city’s Finance Committee this week...

Police: Handgun in drug case was stolen from officer’s car

February 20, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say a handgun that figures in a pending criminal case involving a felon was stolen from a police officer’s patrol car when it was parked at his home in 2012. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/Xexf9y )...

‘Forgotten’ Latino scholar finally gets hometown fame

February 19, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Years after leaving New Mexico in disgrace, a noted Mexican-American scholar and civil rights advocate whose name graces educational institutions in Texas and California but until recently was virtually unknown in his hometown of...