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  • Geneva jewelry auction hauls record $154.2 million

    May 15, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    FILE – In this April 29, 2014 file picture a Christie’s employee holds a pear shaped D colour flawless 75.97 carat diamond at the auction house in London. The stone will be sold at auction in Geneva on Wednesday evening May 14, 2014 with an...

  • Kentucky sues federal government over hemp seeds

    May 15, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, file photo, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, R-Thompkinsville, speaks during the 133rd annual Fancy Farm picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Kentucky’s Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit s...

  • Brown seeks money for troubled prison medical unit

    May 15, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    FILE — In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Correctional Officer Stella Miles stands in one of the secure inmate-patient housing units of the new California Correctional Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking millions of...

  • New Mexico lawmakers sue over water settlement

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    New Mexico state Rep. Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat, announces a lawsuit filed on Wednesday May 14, 2014, in the state Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M., seeking to nullify a settlement between New Mexico, the federal government and the Navajo Nation over...

  • Martinez to allow time off for teacher conferences

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an executive order that will allow state workers to take time off to attend parent-teacher conferences. The governor signed the order Wednesday and urged other local government agencies and...

  • NM to hold meetings on dairy rule

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are taking aim at efforts to revamp rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water. The Environment Department is planning the first of two meetings this Friday to address changes...

  • State Police officer in choking case resigns

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer who authorities said choked a man attempting to repossess his vehicle has resigned. Charles Vernier wrote in a letter sent Monday that he was stepping down from his position to focus on his mental...

  • Police: New Mexico man kidnapped Arkansas woman

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man kidnapped a woman from Arkansas, brought her to New Mexico, and then he and his father raped her, authorities said. Jessie Hopper Jr. and Jessie Hopper Sr. were arrested Saturday after an Arkansas dispatcher contacted...

  • Company building oil and gas hub in Eddy County

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Texas company has begun construction on a rail hub to help bring supplies in and take oil and gas out of the heart of southeastern New Mexico’s booming energy country. Rangeland Energy began construction on its 300-acre...

  • New Mexico wildfire grows to 5,700 acres

    May 15, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico grew to 9 square miles Wednesday, and may grow even more because of expected high winds, officials said. The Signal Fire in the Gila National Forest swelled as crews...