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Workers to petition governor for minimum wage hike

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group called Working America says it will be in Santa Fe Monday to try and persuade Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a minimum wage increase.

The group says it will deliver thousands of photo petitions and petition signatures to the governor's office in support of a just-passed Senate Bill to increase the state's minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour.

Martinez has said she opposes the bill because it would make the state's minimum wage the fourth highest in the nation. She says she told lawmakers she would support raising the minimum wage to $7.80 an hour, the same as Arizona, but that the full dollar-an-hour increase was simply unsustainable.

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Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico--Video Extra

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz.

Harvard.

Yep, Harvard —the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico.

Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips.

"It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now."

He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse.

The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.

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Prep basketball championship game scores

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball
Class 4A
Championship

St. Pius 57, Albuquerque Academy 53

Class 3A
Championship

Hope Christian 41, St. Michael's 29

Class AA
Championship

Laguna-Acoma 51, Dexter 39

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Highlights of 51st New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of the outcome of major proposals in the 51st New Mexico Legislature that adjourned Saturday.

BILLS PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR

Budget and Finance

—A $5.9 billion budget for education and general government programs in fiscal year starting July 1; nearly $274 million in capital improvements, including in the home areas of legislators, mostly paid for with bonds backed by severance taxes; increase tax incentives for certain television and film projects; require report to assess effectiveness of tax deductions and incentives.

—A $274 million capital outlay bill to fund project that range from state-owned building upgrades and school equipment to improving local athletic fields.

—Require the Senate to confirm the appointment of the state investment officer, who manages state permanent funds.

Education

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NM City Sees Influx of 'Breaking Bad' Tourists

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Boys and girls prep basketball semifinals

 

Boys Basketball

Class 5A

Semifinal

Clovis 69, Eldorado 66, OT

Class 4A

Semifinal

St. Pius 66, Los Lunas 60

Class AA

Semifinal

Dexter 32, Mesilla Valley Christian 30

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Boys Quarterfinal Basketball Scores

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball
Class 5A
Quarterfinal

 

Clovis 60, Manzano 57, OT

Hobbs 66, Sandia 65

Las Cruces 64, La Cueva 58

 

Class 4A
Quarterfinal

 

Albuquerque Academy 77, Bernalillo 71

Roswell 66, Espanola Valley 49

St. Pius 51, Santa Teresa 43

 

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Longmire TV series returns to NM for second season

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In Plain Sight is gone. And Breaking Bad is wrapping up its final season in Albuquerque. But a new television series says it is returning to film a second season in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Film Office says A&E Network's television series Longmire will be filming from the end of March through mid-August in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and throughout northern New Mexico. The series, produced by Warner Horizon Television, stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff.

Producer Chris Donahue says the "dynamic landscape, responsive communities and strong crews make it easy to return to New Mexico."

By the end of season two, he says, the production will have spent 14 out of the last 26 months living and filming in and around Santa Fe.

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New Mexico no longer an afterthought in MWC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.

The Mountain West, which ended up with the country's top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament Tuesday in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.

"We're a lot more confident since we're regular-season champions," said junior forward Tony Snell, who is among the team's scoring leaders with 12.1 points per game. "We feel really confident that we can be tournament champions again and make it far in the NCAA."

Although an NCAA bid is virtually guaranteed for the No. 15 Lobos, they are not overlooking the importance of the conference tournament.

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NM Senate confirms Ward as Health Secretary

The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.

“I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.” 

Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January.  During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”

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Higher minimum wage pending in House

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.

A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.

The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.

The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

The House panel revised the proposal to exempt businesses from the higher wage if they have fewer than three workers. The Senate-passed measure wouldn't apply to businesses with fewer than 11 workers.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay the higher rate when there is a difference between the federal wage and state or local requirements.

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Senators postpone vote on NM education secretary

By Barry Massey

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.

The Senate Rules Committee spent three hours questioning Skandera on Saturday and listened to seven hours of public testimony a week ago. But there was no vote by the committee and chairwoman Linda Lopez said it was uncertain when the panel would again consider Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's choice to run the Public Education Department. The Legislature adjourns in a week.

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Boys prep basketball scores from 1st round

 

Boys Basketball
Class 5A
First Round

 

Cibola 46, Albuquerque High 45

Clovis 75, West Mesa 56

Eldorado 79, Rio Rancho 67

Hobbs 75, Volcano Vista 49

La Cueva 68, Atrisco Heritage 59

Las Cruces 85, Carlsbad 65

Manzano 68, Valley 65, OT

Sandia 61, Alamogordo 42

 

Class 4A
First Round

 

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Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to NM

By Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Removing radioactive waste from underground tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site has proven to be technologically vexing for years, and recent word that six tanks are leaking has only added pressure to the efforts to empty them.

A proposal to ship some of that waste to New Mexico to ultimately stem the leaks earned approval from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who called it the right step for south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the state and the nation.

The proposal still requires approval from the two states, and Congress still must approve funding, but Inslee said he will push lawmakers to fully pay for the proposal, saying "every single dollar of it is justified."

Federal officials announced Wednesday a proposal to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Hanford for disposal in a massive repository — called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant — near Carlsbad, N.M., where radioactive materials are buried in rooms excavated in vast salt beds nearly a half-mile underground.

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Boys basketball championship game scores

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball
District 1AAAAA
Championship

Cibola 60, Volcano Vista 38

District 3AAAAA
Championship

Las Cruces 61, Gadsden 31

District 1AAAA
Championship

Farmington 68, Piedra Vista 65, 2OT

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