Private Attorney To Prosecute NM Officers In Fatal Shooting - The Associated Press
The prosecutor removed by a New Mexico judge from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year has tapped a private attorney to handle the case.
Randi McGinn has agreed to prosecute officers Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy, who were charged earlier this year with murder in the March 2014 death of James Boyd during an hourslong standoff.
Martinez Approves Majority Of Bills Passed In Legislature – The Associated Press
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has wrapped up action on about 190 bills passed during the recent legislative session.
Martinez approved nearly 160 bills by a Friday noon deadline, signing several of them during public appearances in Albuquerque. She vetoed about a dozen bills outright and did not take action on about 20 others, resulting in pocket vetoes.
Martinez signed the key $6.2 billion budget Thursday.
Efforts To Rename Hobbs Street After MLK Hits Snag – The Associated Press and Hobbs News-Sun
Despite vocal support a Hobbs official says the southeastern New Mexico city has not received any formal request to rename a portion of a busy street in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs development director Kevin Robinson made the announcement this week at a city commissioners meeting, putting the future of the renaming in doubt.
Albuquerque Withdrawing Support For San Juan Plan - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The Albuquerque City Council has withdrawn its support for a plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.
The resolution passed last night states the city supports an agreement reached by federal officials, Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Co. of New Mexico to shut down part of the San Juan Generating Station in an effort to reduce haze-causing pollution.
DA: Albuquerque Police Sitting On Shooting Investigations – Associated Press
Albuquerque’s district attorney, who recently sought murder charges against two police officers, says police aren't sending her information on other shootings to review.
Kari Brandenburg sent Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden a letter this week asking about 13 investigations into police shootings her office is waiting to review. She says some of the investigations are 17 months old.
Transparency Bills A Casualty In NM Legislative Session - The Associated Press
Open government advocates say it wasn't a good legislative session for boosting transparency as lobbying disclosure and campaign finance bills failed.
Of about a dozen bills — from requiring independent groups to disclose campaign donations to a two-year break for legislators who turn lobbyist — only a couple of measures made it to Gov. Susana Martinez's desk.
Report: Feds To Exceed Costs For Cleaning Up Nuke Waste – The Associated Press
A government watchdog says work to clean up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories is costing more than expected.
The Government Accountability Office says by the end of the last fiscal year, the National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million to remove contaminated equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
That's $202 million more than the agency's 2006 estimate.
NM Legislature Rips Through Bills; Wrangling Capital Outlay – The Associated Press
State lawmakers continue putting finishing touches on dozens of bills as the 52nd New Mexico Legislature's first session heads for the history books.
Among bills lawmakers sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for consideration Friday was a massive $6.2 billion budget. It includes pay raises for new teachers and state police. It also boosts spending for education, the state's child welfare agency, public safety, tourism and economic development.
Budget, Gambling Compact Pending In New Mexico House - The Associated Press
The fate of a proposed $6.2 billion spending plan that would fund public schools and other government services during the next fiscal year is still unsettled as the New Mexico Legislature approaches adjournment.
Also pending is approval of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlay projects and a gambling compact that would clear the way for a handful of American Indian tribes to keep their casinos open.
NM Senate Approves A $6.2 Billion Budget Bill - The Associated Press
The New Mexico Senate has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year.
Senators Monday night took up a budget bill largely unchanged from what the House approved last month.
The spending plan includes pay raises for new teachers and state police officers. Most department budgets remain flat, but education, the state's child welfare agency and tourism department get more money.