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  • NM may put state pay raises on hold

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers warned Friday that state pay raises may have to be put on hold because of low energy prices and weaker-than-expected tax revenues.

    Funding for education, Medicaid and public safety would grow the most under a legislative budget plan that calls for an additional $230.7 million in spending over the previous year, a 3.7 percent rise.

    Of that increase, nearly $78 million is intended for pay raises, primarily for school teachers.

  • Pecos Wilderness expansion plan draws opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to fold thousands of acres into the Pecos Wilderness area northwest of Santa Fe is drawing resistance from nearby residents.

    A group of people living in and around the village of Peñasco, which is near forest involved in the proposed expansion, have been strongly opposed to the idea, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief Jan. 13, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Proposal: Give lawmakers salary

    SANTA FE — The nation’s only unsalaried state legislature is considering whether it wants a steady paycheck.
    Legislation proposed in New Mexico ahead of the January legislative session would provide lawmakers with a salary of about $45,000.

  • White Sands, Sandia Labs won’t accept state IDs

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — White Sands Missile Range and Sandia Labs announced restrictions Monday on accepting New Mexico driver’s licenses as a form of identification from visitors, increasing pressure on state lawmakers who are trying to find consensus on how to meet federal standards.

  • Repeat DWI drivers nabbed

    Area police had their hands full over the New Year’s holiday, arresting several for driving under the influence, including three individuals who between them have racked up a combined 16 DWI arrests.

    State police arrested Arthur Lucero, 52, of the 2700 block of Seventh Street, on his seventh DWI on New Year’s Eve.

    A Las Vegas police officer arrested Lawrence Valerio Jr., 39, of the 600 block of El Creston, on his fifth DWI on New Year’s Day.

  • WLV cooks aid choking child

    Helen Roybal and Dorothy Aragon are being credited with saving the life of a Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary student late last year. Roybal and Aragon were going about their normal lunch duties of feeding roughly 150 students when a student started choking.

    “I had just finished serving so I went out to the lunch room to talk to the kids,” Aragon said when asked to recall the incident. “I looked up and saw some kids looking at him. That’s when I realized that he was choking so I ran to him.”

  • Gov revives right to work debate

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is reviving the right-to-work debate in New Mexico, saying she’ll include the issue on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

    She made the announcement Thursday during a panel discussion before a crowded room of business leaders, elected officials, higher education representatives and others who gathered for an Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

  • Election officials unveil lobbyist training guide

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — In the wake of a campaign finance scandal involving one of New Mexico’s highest-ranking elected officials, the Secretary of State’s Office is hoping to reduce confusion and increase accountability among lobbyists and candidates as the state embarks on another election year.

  • Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    NEW YORK — Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.

    Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of cancer. While death rates for both have been falling for nearly 25 years, heart disease has dropped at a steeper rate.

    As a result, cancer moved up to the top slot in 22 states in 2014, according to the latest government figures.

  • Prison doctor facing 15 lawsuits

    The Associated Press

    A former New Mexico prison doctor accused of sexual assaulting inmates during exams is the subject of another lawsuit, bringing the number of litigation cases against him to 15.

    A Guadalupe County Correctional Facility inmate who alleges Dr. Mark Walden fondled him filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Nearly 80 inmates from two state prisons say Walden victimized them or failed to give adequate medical care.