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Briefs 02-26-14

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By Associated Press

Santa Fe County board OKs minimum wage increases

SANTA FE (AP) — The minimum wage in unincorporated areas of Santa Fe County is going up.
An ordinance approved unanimously by the county commissioners sets the minimum wage in the county at $10.66 an hour, up from $7.50.
Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped employees will increase to $6.40 an hour from $2.13 currently.
The increases take effect in early May.

Police: Santa Rosa officer shoots Okla. man

SANTA ROSA — Authorities say a Santa Rosa police officer has shot a 20-year-old Oklahoma man during a chase.
New Mexico State Police said the officer shot Kenny Silvers, of McAlester, Okla., early Tuesday following a pursuit near a rail yard.
According to state police, a security guard called police report a suspicious vehicle. Authorities say when the officer arrived to confront Silvers, a chase began and Silvers was later shot.
Police did not give details on the reason for chase.
The officer has not been identified and was not injured.
Authorities say Silvers was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital. His condition remains unknown.

Senator optimistic on military bases

ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Tom Udall says New Mexico apparently will escape the brunt of the impact of proposed cuts to the U.S. military.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Democrat cites Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s targeting of ground forces for reductions.
And Udall says he hasn’t seen anything to indicate that the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico and nearby Fort Bliss in Texas are in danger.
Udall also says the three Air Force bases in New Mexico appear to be well-positioned.

ABQ Mexican-American leader Casso dies

ALBUQUERQUE — LULAC New Mexico state director Ralph Arellanes has announced that Henry Casso, a long-time civil rights leader in New Mexico and a founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died.
He was 82.
Arellanes says Casso died Tuesday at an Albuquerque hospital.
Cassos had been suffering from a number of illnesses, including diabetes.