SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a new law taking effect in July. Gov. Susana Martinez signed the tax break into law yesterday along with a measure to establish a one-stop online portal in state government that will allow businesses to pay fees and file forms, such as licensing applications to operate in New Mexico.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - President Barack Obama has selected a New Mexico water official to run the Bureau of Reclamation. Interstate Stream Commission Director Estevan Lopez would manage dams, reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants across the West. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Lopez will administer an agency with a $1 billion budget and more than 5,000 employees.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and a former probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Gordon Chavez was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to a civil rights violation. The suit filed on behalf of a parolee alleges that Chavez violated her constitutional rights.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A 17-year-old girl who pleaded guilty in the killing of her foster mother in her New Mexico home now faces roughly 10 years in prison. Alexis Shields pleaded guilty in December to first-degree felony murder of Evelyn Miranda, who was found dead in her San Patricio home in June 2011. A co-defendant, who also was 15 when Miranda was killed, awaits trial.
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