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8:44am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

State Worker Salaries Boosted For 2008 Pay Dispute

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 5,300 state workers will receive hourly salary increases from 13 cents to more than 50 cents in this week's paychecks to help resolve a six-year-old union contract dispute.

State officials said Thursday that salaries were adjusted in early June to reflect wage rates that should have been in place starting in 2008.

Employees will get paychecks Friday reflecting the increases for a two-week pay period.

There will be separate checks issued in the upcoming budget year for back pay — thousands of dollars in some instances.

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8:43am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

Senate Panel Oks $47B Homeland Security Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.

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8:42am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

Mayor: Artesia Immigrant Center May Open For Year

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says an immigration detention center in town will be open for a year — and maybe longer.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so Central American immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says the average stay for immigrants there will be 30 days.

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8:41am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

Nuke Leak Probe Focuses On Los Alamos National Lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state regulator says officials investigating a radiation leak from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said Thursday that the Department of Energy's accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New Mexico for about three weeks.

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11:04am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Standoff at Las Cruces Home Ends with Explosion

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an hours-long standoff with a man holed up inside a Las Cruces home ended with a fiery explosion.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies did not release the condition Wednesday of the 60-year-old man who had been barricaded inside for the past two days.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says the suspect was fighting with his adult son.

The son reportedly returned to the home Tuesday afternoon with a sheriff's deputy.

Authorities say that's when the suspect fired a shot through front door.

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11:03am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Man Gets Prison For Robbing Bank In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hernandez man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison for robbing a bank in Espanola last year.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Stephen R. Gurule also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay full restitution to the bank.
 

Gurule was arrested in October after allegedly robbing the Community Bank on Sept. 27.
Authorities say a man entered the bank and slid a note written on the back of a check to the teller.

The note demanded money and made referenced to a bomb.

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11:01am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Court Overturns Judicial Pay Veto

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has overturned a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez and ordered a 5 percent pay raise for judges across the state.

The state Supreme Court made the ruling Wednesday in a dispute focusing on the governor's power to veto spending in the state budget.

The Legislature approved two provisions intended to provide judges an 8 percent pay increase starting in July.

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11:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Legislator To Seek Election Recount

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces plans to seek a recount after official primary election returns showed her losing by 16 votes in a three-way contest.
Garcia said Wednesday she would file for a hand recount.

The Dona Ana County Commission certified election results Tuesday, with Bealquin "Bill" Gomez of La Mesa winning with 410 votes, or 47.8 percent of the ballots cast. Garcia received 394 votes or 46 percent. Christian Lira finished with 53 votes.

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10:59am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Police Protesters, Albuquerque Hotel Staff Clash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protest outside of a hotel where Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden spoke got heated while Eden told business leaders he was committed to reforming his embattled department.
Demonstrators say a Hotel Albuquerque staff member shoved one protester Wednesday and slapped down the cell phone from another during a picket.

Around two dozen demonstrators picketed to demand Eden resign and to call for immediate reforms within the Albuquerque police amid a pending U.S. Justice Department agreement over use of force.

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9:20am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

General Election Race for Governor Under Way

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

Martinez has aired television campaign ads for weeks and has more than $4 million in the bank that she built up as a national political star. She's the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

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9:19am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

Longest Serving Legislator Wins Democratic Primary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's longest serving legislator has turned back a Democratic primary election challenger but faces a Republican opponent this fall.

Rep. Nick Salazar defeated former legislator Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County contractor who told northern New Mexico voters that Salazar was too old to serve another term. Salazar received more than 60 percent of the vote in unofficial returns Tuesday.

The 85-year-old incumbent, a Democrat from Ohkay Owingeh, is finishing his 42nd year in the House.

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9:18am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

Weh Wins GOP Primary for US Senate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque businessman and former state GOP Chairman Allen Weh has won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

The 71-year-old retired Marine colonel defeated political newcomer David Clements of Las Cruces.

Weh now faces the popular Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his first bid at re-election in November.

But Weh faces a tough uphill battle. A recent computer model of races conducted for The New York Times says Udall is one of 14 Senate incumbents with a 99 percent chance of retaining their seats.

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9:15am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

Low Turnout Expected in New Mexico Primary

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — Voting traffic at the polls for the New Mexico primary is reportedly slow as officials predict a low turnout.

A precinct judge at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Station voting site in Placitas said only four voters cast ballots during the first hour and a half of voting Tuesday.

Andrew Winsor, a presiding judge at the La Cueva High School voting site in Albuquerque, said 45 people had voted in the first two hours. He was hoping for at least 400 people voting by the end of the day.

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

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9:13am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

Suit Filed Over Independents Barred from Voting

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque lawyer has filed a suit on behalf of nearly 249,000 people barred by state law from voting in the primary election because they're registered as independent.

According to the suit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque by J. Edward Hollington, the law prohibiting independents violates the state constitution.

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12:13pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque Police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.

About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.

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12:12pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Obama Pollution Cuts Could Force Changes in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gets most of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, but state officials say that could change and lead to higher electricity bills thanks to new federal guidelines aimed at reducing pollution.

The Obama administration unveiled its long awaited proposal on Monday. It calls for curbing carbon dioxide emissions at power plants by nearly a third by 2030. Specific goals have been set for each state.

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12:10pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Police: 6 Killed in New Mexico Crash from Arizona

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the identities of six Arizonans killed last month in fiery multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.

They say the name of the seventh person who died still hasn't been confirmed.

New Mexico State Police say the eight-vehicle crash on May 22 involved at least three tractor-trailers and three passenger cars in Hidalgo County, several miles from the Arizona border.

A sudden dust storm likely triggered the chain-reaction collisions.

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12:10pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Chevron Mining To Close Questa Mine

QUESTA, N.M. (AP) — Chevron Mining Inc. has announced its closing its molybdenum mine in northern New Mexico due to low demand.

The San Ramon, Calif.-based company said Monday around 300 miners in Questa were given a 60-day notice of their layoffs as required by federal law.

Chevron spokeswoman Margaret Lejuste says decision was "made after an intensive review of the economic viability of the mine." She says the price of the steel hardening element isn't covering the operation of the mine.

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12:09pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of migrant children trying to cross the Mexican border without their parents is being called an "urgent humanitarian situation" — and it's likely to cost the government more than $1 billion more than the Obama administration had expected.

President Barack Obama described the situation at the border in stark terms in a presidential memorandum Monday outlining the government's response and putting Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate in charge of coordinating the effort.

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9:34am

Fri May 16, 2014
Local and State News

Kirtland Cleanup Work to Start With Pilot Project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Air Force is going to start small but says it'll meet a July 1 deadline to begin cleaning up a long-ago fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base and avoid state-threatened fines of up to $10,000 per day.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a pilot project will begin the effort to remove contaminants from the underground pipeline leak discovered in 1999.

According to state and Air Force documents, the pilot project's system would remove contaminants from an area of 50 feet across, a fraction of the area of contaminated groundwater.

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