SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Beth Sellers says she is resigning because of potential conflict of interest issues involving a family member. The Albuquerque Journal reports that a family member of Sellers received a lab consulting contract in 2012, but the relationship wasn't properly disclosed for evaluation of a conflict of interest.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation to shore up the long-term finances of pension plans for judges and magistrates. Under the new laws, judges and magistrates must contribute more of their salaries to their retirement plans and government employers will pay more. New judges and magistrates must work eight years to qualify for a pension, up from five years for those already in office.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge has issued a $3.2 million judgment against Wells Fargo & Co. for foreclosing on a man's home after his death, even though he had an insurance policy that would have paid the remaining balance on his mortgage. Instead of seeking funds from the insurance policy, Wells Fargo sent notices about the loan being in default and referred the loan for foreclosure.
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - A Sunland Park city councilor who withdrew from his race was re-elected anyway. Christian Lira beat out three opponents on Tuesday, and says he plans on remaining in office. He plans on challenging longtime Rep. Mary Helen Garcia in the Democratic primary. Lira publicly withdrew last month but not in time to get his name taken off the ballot.
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