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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.