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  • Weather - Feb. 4, 2015

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon. Cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 5:31 p.m.

  • Lawmakers table minimum wage increase

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico panel of lawmakers voted along party lines Monday to table two bills that called for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.50, one of them incrementally.

    The vote on both bills was 4-3, with Republicans in the majority.

    At $10.10 an hour, New Mexico’s minimum wage would be higher than any other state in the nation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 4, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Court rejects eval challenge
    A state appeals court has refused to block New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system.
    A state Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday upholds a District Court judge’s refusal to stop implementation of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s system.
    The judge ruled that Secretary Hanna Skandera has the authority to carry out administrative rules such as the teacher evaluation program, and the Court of Appeals agreed.

  • Archdiocese hit with more suits

    More people have come forward alleging that they were sexually abused by priests as children decades ago.

    The allegations are contained in seven more lawsuits filed last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and several New Mexico parishes. One of the new lawsuits was filed on behalf of a 49-year-old Las Vegas man who alleges that he was sexually abused by Father Jason Sigler between 1973 and 1974 while he was a childhood parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church.

  • Promoting literacy
  • School board elections set for Tuesday

    Las Vegas voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in either the Las Vegas City Schools or the West Las Vegas School Board elections.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The election will fill four of the five seats on the Las Vegas City Schools Board. While three seats will be decided in the West Las Vegas School Board election.

    Polling places for the Las Vegas City Schools board election are at Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gymnasium, Watrous Fire House and the Sapello Elementary School.

  • Hung jury again in murder trial

    The Associated Press

    STAFFORD, Va.— A second mistrial has been declared in the case of a former FBI agent charged in the shooting death of his wife.

    The Free Lance-Star reports that a Stafford County jury was unable to decide whether Arthur B. Gonzales was legally justified when he killed Julie Serna Gonzales. Circuit Judge Sarah Deneke declared a mistrial Friday after jurors sent her a third note saying they were hopelessly deadlocked.

  • Balloon pilots make history

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 2, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Measles outbreak concerns officials
    SANTA FE — A measles outbreak traced largely to Disneyland in Southern California has New Mexico health officials concerned.
    The outbreak has spread to Arizona, Colorado and other states but hasn’t hit New Mexico yet. However, state officials say they’re concerned because an increasing number of families have been seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.

  • Appeals court to rule on teen’s clean air suit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico appeals court heard arguments earlier this month that could persuade it to overturn a ruling against a high school student’s lawsuit, which calls on the state to do a better job protecting air quality.