Albuquerque marshals' suspect has prior arrests
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A fugitive accused of pulling a gun on a U.S. marshal in Albuquerque has a history of arrests.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Albuquerque is searching for Rufus Phelps a day after he allegedly threatened a marshal who was serving a bench warrant.
Marshals Service spokesman James Badway says law enforcement found his car yesterday morning.
A grand jury indicted Phelps in September on several drug-related charges, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault against a household member.
Authorities say Phelps has a criminal history dating back to 2008 that includes more than a dozen charges.
Schools fear lawsuits by stocking medication
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials are concerned about a new law taking effect this summer requiring New Mexico schools stockpile medicine to treat students for severe allergic reactions or asthma attacks.
Some school districts are hesitant to follow the law because they can be sued if something goes wrong.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 75 into law last month, saying it would save children's lives. The law, which takes effect July 1, permits school nurses to administer the medication even to students who don't have a prescription.
But a clause in the bill shielding schools from civil lawsuits was removed.
Santa Fe bicyclist fatally struck by train
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Police in Santa Fe say a woman riding her bicycle has died after being hit by a train.
Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says the unidentified bicyclist was riding at the intersection of Zia Road and Saint Francis Drive just before 11 a.m. when she was fatally struck by the Rail Runner.
Westervelt says passengers were aboard the train but did not say if any of them or the driver was hurt.
It was not known what caused the accident.
CITY MANAGER-SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Bloomfield city manager settles lawsuit
BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) - A lawsuit filed in 2012 accusing Bloomfield's city manager of sexual harassment has been settled.
The Daily Times reports that City Manager David Fuqua and the city of Bloomfield settled the suit for $200,000 last week.
Former city employees Julie Baird and Julie Rasor filed the litigation in U.S. District Court in November 2012.
The women's complaints included sexual discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation.
Fuqua says all the charges against him were dropped but the insurance company chose to settle.
NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL
Navajo Nation Council to gather for spring session
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Monday marks the start of the Navajo Nation Council's spring session.
Lawmakers meet quarterly for weeklong sessions in Window Rock.
The first day generally is reserved for hearing reports from the tribal president, Tribal Council speaker and other officials.
Among the agenda items are two measures that would override presidential vetoes of a junk food tax and an elimination of sales tax on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lawmakers also will vote on a bill to appoint a chief legal counsel for the legislative branch.
LoRenzo Bates will preside over the session. He's filling in for Johnny Naize, who is facing bribery and conspiracy charges and recently was placed on administrative leave by his colleagues.
Naize says he's done nothing wrong and is challenging the lawmakers' action in tribal court.
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