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10:31am

Tue January 28, 2014
Local and State News

Albuquerque Reaches Settlement in Police Shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The police shooting of an Iraq War veteran in 2010 will cost Albuquerque about $8 million.

The Associated Press reported that a tentative settlement for $7.95 million has been reached with the family of Kenneth Ellis IIII.

A jury reached a $10.3 million verdict in the cast last March, but the city appealed.

City Attorney David Tourek says the settlement is tentative because it requires a judge's approval.

He says it's in the best interest of taxpayers because there could have been attorney fees and interest on top of the jury award.

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11:23am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Faculty Morale Called Low At New Mexico Tech

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime faculty professor at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology says the school has run aground, with faculty members leaving amid low morale and disjointed leadership.

Former geophysics professor Richard Aster' resignation letter says there's been a steady erosion of collegiality at the Socorro school known as New Mexico Tech.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Tech President Daniel Lopez, acknowledges there are morale issues. He blames state budget cuts resulting from the Great Recession.

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11:22am

Mon January 27, 2014
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New Mexico Bill Would Regulate Art Auction Houses

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill introduced in the New Mexico Legislature would impose government oversight of art auction houses and change the way some do business.

Sen. Tim Keller says his bill is a response to reports of questionable auction practices that distort prices for expensive pieces of art.

Keller's bill would authorize the Attorney General's Office to regulate art auctions and act on consumer complaints. It also mandates certain disclosures, such as minimum prices.

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11:21am

Mon January 27, 2014
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El Paso Woman Dies in New Mexico Skiing Accident

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A 23-year-old Texas woman is dead as a result of a skiing accident in southern New Mexico.

Lincoln County Sheriff Robert Shepperd says 23-year-old Jackueline Caballero of El Paso died Saturday afternoon when she lost control and struck a tree while on an intermediate slope at Ski Apache near Ruidoso.

Shepperd says the state medical investigator will determine the exact cause of death.

11:20am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Colo. Teens Visit NM Students After School Gunfire

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Students from a Colorado high school who experienced a recent school shooting have visited a New Mexico middle school where a 12-year-old recently opened fire.

The Roswell Daily Record reports students from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., traveled to Roswell on Saturday to talk to Berrendo Middle School students about coping with the shooting.

Arapahoe saw its own school shooting Dec. 13, when senior Karl Pierson shot student Claire Davis and killed her, before turning the gun on himself.

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11:19am

Mon January 27, 2014
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More Parking, Shuttles for Lobos' Disabled Fans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials will soon start offering additional parking for disabled fans attending Lobo games.

KOB-TV reports the university will have an overflow parking lot at the Pit as well as golf cart shuttles for ticketholders with disabilities starting with Saturday's home game.

The school has received complaints from some disabled patrons who have to park farther away once all the other handicap parking spaces are taken.

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11:30am

Fri January 24, 2014
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Interior Secretary Jewell Visits New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in southern New Mexico for a hike through a rugged stretch of desert.

She's also here to discuss federal legislation that aims to protect the Organ Mountains along with other scenic areas near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jewell, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico's two U.S. senators are hosting a public hearing on the proposal Friday afternoon in Las Cruces. Several hundred people are expected to attend.

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11:24am

Fri January 24, 2014
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DNA Evidence Points To Suspect In 1992 Rape Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — DNA evidence reportedly has enabled Santa Fe police to identify a suspect in a cold case involving a 1992 rape in the northern New Mexico city.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that DNA collected in 1992 when a 16-year-old girl was raped was stored and recently tested matches that of a 51-year-old Santa Fe man.

The man was required to give a new DNA sample on Dec. 30. He hasn't been charged so far in the rape case.

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11:23am

Fri January 24, 2014
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Navajo Panel Votes Against Bill To Remove Speaker

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation Council committee has voted against legislation to remove council Speaker Johnny Naize because of pending bribery and conspiracy charges.

The Daily Times reports that the committee voted twice Thursday to table the legislation sponsored by Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd.

However, the legislation still advances to the council's winter session, which starts Monday in Window Rock.

Delegate Shepherd says his legislation is intended to preserve the integrity and image of the council's speaker.

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11:21am

Fri January 24, 2014
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NM House, Senate Schedule Weekend Break

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have an opportunity for a long weekend before the pace of work quickens in the 30-day legislative session.

The House and Senate aren't holding floor sessions until Monday, although some committees will meet.

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee plans to continue budget hearings on Friday, and the House Education Committee is scheduled to meet Saturday to listen to testimony from teachers and other educational workers.

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11:20am

Fri January 24, 2014
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NM Lawmakers Flooded with Water Funding Requests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are being inundated with requests for state funding to help pay for water infrastructure improvements.

From contaminated wells to a lack of storage for drinking water in Las Vegas, members of the Senate Finance Committee heard Thursday from state and local water officials and fellow lawmakers about the growing needs around the state.

The problem now is prioritizing which projects should be tackled first.

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3:03pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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Planned Southern NM Coyote Hunt Draws Fire

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A planned hunt featuring the calling and shooting of coyotes in southern New Mexico is drawing fire.

The Southwest Environmental Center asked this week for the Dona Ana County Commission and Las Cruces City Council to speak out against the planned event scheduled for Feb. 6-8.

The hunt will coincide with a convention sponsored by the Utah-based group Predator Masters at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

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3:01pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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NM Lawmakers Plan Jobs Creation Measure

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House and Senate Democratic leaders are proposing an economic development package to help create jobs in the state.

House Speaker W. Ken Martinez said Wednesday the legislation is a product of a bipartisan Jobs Council that was formed last year.

Among the provisions is $10 million for a "closing fund" to attract companies to the state by providing them with needed infrastructure. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has made a similar proposal in her budget recommendations to the Legislature.

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3:00pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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Sheriff: Albuquerque Man Dies from Gunshot Wound

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says an Albuquerque man has died from injuries in a shooting.

The Sheriff's Department identifies the victim of Wednesday's shooting as 49-year-old Edward Hernandez.

His car was found in the area where he was found.

2:59pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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Airmen Killed in Alamogordo Car Crash Identified

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The identities of three Holloman Air Force Base airmen killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident are now being released.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that police say killed in the early Tuesday morning accident were 26-year-old Ryan Nicholas Loehr, 21-year-old Deshon Maurice Wartley and 19-year-old Lamont Keith Cullars.

Police Capt. Israel Trujillo says the preliminary investigation shows the vehicle went off the road and into the desert when it failed to negotiate a curve while traveling at high speed.

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2:58pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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State Officials: 3 More Die From The Flu in NM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials have confirmed three more flu deaths.

The New Mexico Department of Health said Thursday a 79-year-old man and a 73-year -old man, both from Bernalillo County, recently died from the illness. In addition, the department says a 45-year-old man from Rio Arriba County also died from influenza.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

A 76 year-old Santa Fe woman who died earlier this month was the first reported flu death this season.

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10:14am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Official: Corrales Police Officer Injured in Crash

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Corrales police office has been injured in a crash involving a suspected stolen vehicle.

Corrales Detective Sgt. Frank Tomlinson said yesterday that Corrales officer Jeremy Romero was scheduled to go into surgery and is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Officials say Romero was injured early yesterday during a car chase with a suspect. Authorities say the suspect crashed into a wall while the officer's car flipped over.

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10:13am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Panel Oks Bill To Pay for NM Legislative Session

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are moving ahead quickly with a bill to pay for expenses of the Legislature's 30-day session.

A few hours after lawmakers convened yesterday, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee approved the measure to provide nearly $5.4 million for session costs, which include salaries for staff as well as the printing of bills.

Legislators aren't paid a yearly salary, but they receive $159 a day to reimburse them for expenses.

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10:12am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Governor Proposes Pay Raise for Starting Teachers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is recommending that lawmakers increase the starting salary for new teachers by about 10 percent next year.

The governor proposes to raise a beginning teacher's salary to $33,000 from $30,000. It's an initiative Martinez could find support for in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

A legislative budget panel has recommended boosting the starting salary to $32,500.

The salary measure was among the educational proposals Martinez outlined during her State of the State speech to the Legislature.

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10:11am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Governor Urges NM Lawmakers To Focus on Economy

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to focus on economic development, including expanding programs that train health care professionals.

In her State of the State speech to the Legislature yesterday, Martinez recommended increased spending on a program that repays student loans of nurses, dentists and physicians who agree to practice in medically underserved areas.

The governor said the measure will help create jobs and reduce the state's shortage of health care professionals.

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