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Lawyer seeks governor's testimony in prison firing

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Department of Corrections employee says he’s subpoenaed Gov. Susana Martinez to testify at a State Personnel Board hearing on the worker appealing his firing. Former corrections worker Larry Flynn contends the governor’s office improperly influenced the department’s decision to dismiss him. An...

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NM securities agency probing fake financial audit

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico financial regulator is investigating possible violations of state securities laws by a fake New Mexico Finance Authority audit being distributed to investors. The probe by the state Securities Division was announced Monday...

NM Tourism report shows 5 percent rise in visitors

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tourism was up nearly 5 percent in New Mexico last year, marking a shift in momentum that is creating new jobs and pumping millions of new dollars into the economy, officials announced Monday. At a press conference with tourism...

3 men settle sexual abuse suits against church

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Three men who filed the first sexual abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system against the Catholic Church have recently settled their cases. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/4FPz5i) that the men will receive money as...

Suspect in break-in in Dulce dies in shootout

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DULCE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect matching the same description as a New Hampshire man who police say opened fire on officers in northern New Mexico last week has died in a second shootout in the town of Dulce. Authorities say the rifle-wielding suspect opened...

Electric transmission upgrades in Clovis area OKed

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Utility regulators approved a plan by Xcel Energy to make $60 million in transmission upgrades for the Clovis area that are designed to improve reliability and prepare for potential growth. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Government employs 30 percent of Dona Ana County

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Government workers account for 30 percent of the workforce in Dona Ana County. Statistics compiled by the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/O2samr) from state and federal sources show that 21,600 of the 70,200 workers in the area...

Carriers increase cell coverage in San Juan County

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Carriers are increasing cell phone coverage in San Juan County. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/NLeo9o) that Arizona-based Cellular One plans to install 11 more cell phone sites in San Juan County as it seeks to...

Reshuffle of N. Korea's military gains momentum

July 17, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Sunday, April 15, 2012 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, waves as he walks past North Korean People’s Army senior officers, Vice Marshal and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Choe Ryong Hae, second...

2 Americans kidnapped in Egypt's Sinai are freed

July 17, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Jan. 1, 1985 file photo, St. Catherine the highest mountain in the biblical land of Sinai, overlooking a 1,450-years old monastery in Egypt. Egyptian security officials said Monday that they will not give in to the demands of a Bedouin...