State Briefs 10-20-17

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By Associated Press

Martin mixes business, politics at forum

SANTA FE (AP) — Proposals for expanding movie and television production in New Mexico are on the agenda at a film forum in Santa Fe.
The discussion Thursday is designed mix business and politics, as author and producer George R.R. Martin sits down with film-industry experts and Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The congresswoman this week proposed lifting a $50 million annual cap on film-production tax credits to boost the industry.
Known for his fantasy novels that inspired the hit series “Game of Thrones,” Martin owns an art-house cinema in Santa Fe and has dabbled in a local nonprofit film production project.

New judge appointed to Clovis shooting case

CLOVIS (AP) — Court documents say a Chaves County judge will preside over the case against a teen accused of killing two and injuring four in a deadly shooting at a Clovis public library in August.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Judge James Hudson of the Fifth Judicial District Court was appointed to the case after all local judges recused themselves.
According to court documents filed Monday, Hudson accepted the reassignment designation in the case of 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett.
The teen has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated battery. He has pleaded not guilty.

Entities to intervene in PNM case

FARMINGTON (AP) — The city of Farmington and San Juan County have decided to intervene in the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s Integrated Resource Plan case.
The Farmington Daily Times reports both the City Council and the County Commission met Tuesday in closed executive session during their meetings to discuss intervening.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is hearing arguments in the case.