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10:15am

Wed December 3, 2014
Local and State News

Health Center To Pay Settlement In Disability Suit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque health and rehabilitation center will pay $145,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving a worker who was terminated while on leave for a heart attack and other medical conditions.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission says the worker was terminated by Paloma Blanca Health and Rehabilitation in January 2012, about five weeks into an approved 12-week leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.

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10:10am

Wed December 3, 2014
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Groups Sue After Owl Breed Denied Protections

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife conservationists have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over denied protections for a rare type of owl.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Arizona.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act to the pygmy owl. There are less than 50 such birds in Arizona.

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10:09am

Wed December 3, 2014
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Man Charged In Stabbing Death Of Clovis Woman

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of woman whose body was found along a walking trail.

Clovis police say 25-year-old Matthew Jennings confessed Tuesday to the stabbing death of 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri. Authorities say they were able to match DNA from the state crime lab to the murder weapon found at the scene.

Authorities say Jennings also will be charged with tampering with evidence. They don't know yet what prompted the stabbing.

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11:58am

Tue December 2, 2014
Local and State News

Navajo President Signs Bill For Tougher Sentences

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo President Ben Shelly has signed off on a bill to stiffen penalties for misdemeanor crimes on the reservation.

New jails and the confirmation of a handful of judges gave the tribe an opening to reconsider penalties. Lawmakers had eliminated or reduced penalties for nearly 30 offenses more than a decade ago because of a lack of detention facilities.

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11:57am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Las Cruces Delays 2 Parts Of Minimum Wage Plan

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council is delaying the second and third steps of a three-step plan to implement a higher minimum wage in the southern New Mexico city.

Under the City Council's vote Monday, the first increase to $8.40 will take effect Jan. 1 as previously approved.

However, an increase to $9.20 is being delayed to January 2017 instead of January 2016. And an increase to $10.10 would take place in January 2019 instead of January 2017.

New Mexico's statewide minimum wage is $7.50.

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11:56am

Tue December 2, 2014
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New Mexico Court Asked To Intervene In Recount

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants the state Supreme Court to intervene in a recount in his close statewide race with Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn.

The State Canvassing Board last week ordered a recount in the race between Dunn and the Democratic incumbent when the latest tally showed Dunn with a 704-vote lead out of nearly 500,000 votes cast in the Nov. 4 general election race.

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11:55am

Tue December 2, 2014
Local and State News

Applications Sought For Vacant Senate Seat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Commission is accepting applications for a vacant seat in the state Senate.

Tim Keller, a Democrat who represented much of Albuquerque's Southeast Heights, won the race to become state auditor.

The commission is tasked with recommending at least one person to replace him.

Bernalillo County Deputy County Attorney Peter Auh says since Senate District 17 lies wholly within Bernalillo County, commissioners will appoint a replacement with no involvement from the governor.

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11:54am

Tue December 2, 2014
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NM School Gets Extra Security After Gunman Scare

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Extra security has been dispatched to an Albuquerque elementary school a day after authorities searched a nearby neighborhood following reports of an active shooter.

The beefed up security presence Tuesday follows a tense afternoon when the school was placed on lockdown and parents had to wait for hours to pick up children.

The school was on lockdown after police received reports of a man with a rifle and handgun. Sandia National Laboratories and nearby businesses also were locked down for a nearly four-hour manhunt.

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12:05pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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NM Governor To Light Christmas Tree Monday

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez will help kick off the rest of the holiday season in New Mexico with the lighting of the state Christmas tree on Monday.

The ceremony will take place outside the state capitol in Santa Fe.

The governor's office says hot apple cider and biscochitos will be served. The biscochito is New Mexico's state cookie.

12:03pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Local and State News

Census To Hire Field Representatives In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau will be embarking on a massive hiring campaign starting this week.

Officials say they will begin interviewing and testing candidates for temporary field representative jobs Wednesday at the New Mexico Workforce Connection office in Albuquerque.

The interviews will continue every Wednesday and Friday through March 27.

Those who are hired will help with the 2015 American Housing Survey. Their duties will include conducting telephone interviews with selected households from May through August.

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12:01pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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NM Health Exchange Seeks Comments On Financing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's health insurance exchange is looking for suggestions and comments as it develops a plan to become financially stable over the long term.

The exchange will need to be fully self-sustainable by Jan. 1, 2016. That's when federal grant funds for operations will no longer be available. Starting this January, the exchange will also need to fund its program for small business health insurance options.

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12:00pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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Sheriff's Sergeant Injured In Hit-And-Run Accident

A Bernalillo County Sheriff's sergeant has been injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his department-issued motorcycle.

Cap. Ray Chavez says the other vehicle involved in the Monday morning accident left the scene in northwest Albuquerque but was stopped a short distance away.

Chavez says the officer suffered leg injuries that aren't life-threatening.

According to Chavez, the driver of the other vehicle was arrested. He says authorities are investigating the cause of the crash and trying to determine whether alcohol was involved.

11:58am

Mon December 1, 2014
Local and State News

5 Killed When Vehicles Collide In Texas Panhandle

VEGA, Texas (AP) — Five people have been killed, including four members of a New Mexico family, in a late-night collision on a rural road in the Texas Panhandle.

Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Chris Ray says 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi died when his pickup crossed the center line shortly before midnight Saturday north of Vega and struck an oncoming Chevy van.

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10:10am

Mon November 24, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Man Among 32 New Rhodes Scholars

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man whose passions are pediatric oncology and researching cancer cell growth is among the 32 American students selected as the newest U.S. Rhodes Scholars.

Peter Kalugin, of Albuquerque, will use the scholarship to obtain a master's degree in oncology at Oxford University in England. The Johns Hopkins University senior is currently majoring in molecular and cellular biology as well as mathematics.

The prestigious Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford.

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10:09am

Mon November 24, 2014
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Motorcyclist Killed After Collision In Belen

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a 16-year-old boy has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle in Belen.

Authorities say a motorcycle driven by Tanner Wooley hit the passenger side of a car at the intersection of Third and Reinken shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.

They say Wooley was traveling east on Reinken when the car made a left turn in front of him.

Wooley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, 33-year-old Dejohni Orndorff, was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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10:08am

Mon November 24, 2014
Local and State News

1 Dead, 1 In Custody In Raton Shooting

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting another man in a Raton neighborhood.

Police say officers responding to calls of shots fired shortly before noon Saturday found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators took 21-year-old Anthony Garcia into custody.

Garcia faces one count of murder as well as multiple other counts, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and abuse of a child.

10:07am

Mon November 24, 2014
Local and State News

UNM Students Killed In Collision With Stolen Truck

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials say two students were killed and two other students injured in a collision involving a stolen truck.

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson confirmed Sunday that all four people riding in a sedan that was T-boned in a Friday night crash were current students.

According to a criminal complaint, Briana Hillard, who was driving the sedan, died at the scene. Matthew Grant underwent surgery but was pronounced dead.

Police say Julia Thompson and Joseph Mendoza remain in critical condition.

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2:25pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

Balderas Hiring For New Mexico AG's Office

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General-Elect Hector Balderas has launched a transition website aimed at finding potential employees.

Balderas announced Tuesday that perspective employees to his office can apply at www.balderaselect.com .

He also says state residents can submit suggestions and concerns on the website.

Balderas takes office Jan. 1.

2:24pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

Explosion To Be Commemorated With Roadside Marker

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — State officials plan to install a historic marker to commemorate the anniversary of a World War II freight train explosion that leveled an eastern New Mexico town.

The marker will be dedicated Friday along U.S. 60 east of Fort Sumner.

State Historian Rick Hendricks says the marker will serve as a reminder that the devastation and loss of life that occurred during the war was also experienced at home in New Mexico.

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2:23pm

Wed November 19, 2014
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Project To Highlight Native Connection To Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to California.

The plan is to create a guidebook using federal grant money that will highlight significant tribal sites along the 2,400-mile route. The book will also detail the histories of Native communities that saw their stretch of the West change because of the road.

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2:22pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

DHS Sec'y: Obama Immigration Plan 'Comprehensive'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says President Barack Obama's executive immigration actions will be comprehensive and include border security measures.

Johnson says the administration came up with a variety of changes to the immigration system that he believes are not only legal but needed in light of inaction by Congress on immigration.

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2:20pm

Wed November 19, 2014
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Immigrant Rights Group Sue On NM Jail Detentions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group and three immigrants are suing a northwestern New Mexico county over jail detentions from immigration holds.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday claims all three were stopped for minor traffic violations and held unlawfully by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office while federal officials checked their immigration status.

The Santa Fe-based Somos un Pueblo Unido filed the lawsuit on behalf of the immigrants who live in Farmington.

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11:34am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Billy The Kid Historian To Speak In Old West Town

LINCOLN, N.M. (AP) — Historian Frederick Nolan is giving a speech about Billy the Kid in a southern New Mexico community where the famed outlaw participated in the Lincoln County War.

Nolan is to speak Tuesday at the Lincoln Historic Site, a state monument that includes buildings such as the old Lincoln County Courthouse where the Kid was held as a prisoner but escaped in 1881.

The state Cultural Affairs Department said Nolan is the first historian-in-residence at the historic site under a new program sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

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11:32am

Mon November 10, 2014
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PNM Installs Panels At Meadow Lake Solar Center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider says work on its newest solar-powered generating station is expected to be done by the end of the year.

PNM officials say solar panels are now being installed at the Meadow Lake Solar Energy Center in Valencia County.

Once complete, the 9.1-megawatt solar farm will have an estimated 122,850 panels capable of generating enough electricity for 3,500 average residential customers.

Utility officials also say the solar farm will provide an estimated $200,000 in new tax revenue for the county next year.

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11:30am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Critics Of Gila River Diversion To Rally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Interstate Stream Commission will be meeting Monday in Albuquerque and the agenda includes a series of presentations on proposals that call for diverting a portion of the Gila River.

The agenda does not include any time for public comment, and that's what has environmental groups upset. They plan to rally outside the meeting.

The commission is already being sued over alleged violations of the state Open Meetings Act, which has spurred questions about the transparency surrounding the commission's handling of Gila River planning.

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