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  • Spat escalates over secret legislative records

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Staff attorneys and advisers to the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday stood by their refusal to turn over documents to prosecutors in the criminal investigation of former state Sen. Phil Griego.

    The Legislative Council Service said in a court filing that it is duty-bound to protect privileged communications between lawmakers, including Griego, and its aides and attorneys who help draft legislation.

  • State treasurer gives raises to top employees

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s state treasurer has handed out a few sizeable raises despite cuts to his department’s budget.

    Treasurer Tim Eichenberg gave pay hikes to nearly a dozen employees during his first year on the job, reported KRQE-TV.

  • East hires new superintendent

    Kelt L. Cooper received a warm welcome by the Las Vegas City Schools board on Saturday afternoon as it unanimously voted to hire him as superintendent.

    The vote came after a roughly six hour meeting in which the board interviewed all five finalists for the position in executive session. Cooper will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova, who announced his return to retirement earlier this year. Cordova’s last day with the district is April 30.

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  • Highlands fundraising goal met

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Foundation met its goal to raise $250,000 in private money to increase high-impact practices that boost student success.

    The New Mexico Higher Education Department will now provide a 2:1 match, creating a permanent $750,000 endowment.

  • Ex-senator pleads not guilty to fraud

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego pleaded not guilty on Monday to fraud and bribery charges in a long-simmering political scandal over his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

  • AG clears last 2 mental health providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The last two mental health providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico’s top prosecutor.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to state lawmakers informing them of the outcome.

    “As with the previous 10 investigations, although the investigation identified some regulatory violations, we were unable to substantiate a deliberate or intentional pattern of fraud,” Balderas wrote.

  • In Brief - News - April 6, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • NMSU not hiking tuition

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has decided not to increase tuition for the 2016-17 academic year.

    Monday’s vote means the university will need to cut its budget by approximately $10.7 million for the next year.

    During a town hall meeting last month, university leaders outlined how NMSU was facing a challenging financial situation stemming from several factors.

  • Looking Back - April 6, 2016

    In 1966

    Monday, April 11, 1966 — The first forest fire of the year in New Mexico filled the upper reaches of Gallinas Canyon with smoke Sunday afternoon as it consumed about 200 acres of pine, piñon and spruce before being confined by the firefighters. The fire started at a public campground about a half mile from the Forest Service ranger station in the Santa Fe National Forest, about 14 miles west of Las Vegas. District Ranger Earl Blann said that the fire was definitely man made.