ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A former airman from Cannon Air Force base who was discharged because he's gay and stripped of some of his severance pay has won his legal fight.
Richard Collins, a former staff sergeant was discharged in 2006 when his homosexuality was discovered.
As a result, half of his severance pay was stripped.
Collins and the ACLU went on to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of 180 other discharged veterans in the same situation.
The defense department has now agreed to a settlement, restoring the benefits of all these veterans.
It adds up to $2.4 million.
The ACLU says the lawsuit was necessary because the benefits were not automatically restored after Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed.
Santa Fe police are working on a new way to put a stop to busy burglars. Instead of throwing them in jail they want to put them rehab.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Albuquerque and surrounding areas through 11 p.m. Thursday.
Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.
An Albuquerque man says an emergency vet clinic turned away his dying dog because he didn't have enough cash in his pocket to pay to save him. The dog later died.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the final sentencing phase of John McCluskey's federal murder trial. The same jury that convicted him of killing an Oklahoma couple, must now decide whether McCluskey should face the death penalty.
Today’s top weather and news stories with Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Mauro and meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
* Snow Storm
* Road Conditions
* N.E. Heights Winter Storm
*Weather in the West
* Sheriff Houston
* Toys for Tots
* Winter Weather Coverage
* Board of Education Meeting
* DWI Laws
* Anthony Stanford Sexual Harassment