Monday, December 9th, 2013 - Evening
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors are back deliberating what the punishment should be for an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple in New Mexico. The federal panel is considering whether John McCluskey should be executed or sentenced to life in prison for the August 2010 slayings of Gary and Linda Haas.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new financial forecast says New Mexico's revenue collections in 2014 will be about $84 million greater than this year, but they still fall short of expectations. A report to the Legislative Finance Committee today estimates economic growth will provide $293 million in new revenue in the next budget year — enough for a potential 5 percent spending increase on public education and other governmental programs.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says it wants to avoid cuts in a lottery-financed college scholarship program this spring by having the Legislature shore up the program temporarily with general tax revenues. Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia said in a letter to colleges and universities today that scholarship awards, which fully cover tuition for eligible students, will be reduced if lawmakers fail to act in a 30-day session starting in January.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A memorial is planned for Thursday for a Sandoval County sheriff's sergeant who died after being struck by a vehicle during a snow storm. Family, friends and law enforcement officers from the area will be gathering at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho to honor Sgt. Robert Baron. Police say a funeral escort will travel through Rio Rancho, stopping traffic along the way.
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