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Arizona woman dies in car crash near Las Cruces

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an Arizona woman has died and four were injured in a multiple-car crash in Dona Ana County. Authorities say a commercial motor vehicle going eastbound on Interstate 10 near Las Cruces on Saturday around 6 p.m. rear-ended a passenger vehicle. The passenger car then struck [&hellip...

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New Mexico counties’ use of DWI funds questioned

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico counties are not effectively spending funds from a DWI grant program to combat drunk driving, according to a new state legislative report. The Legislative Finance Committee said in a study released this month that counties...

New Mexico hospitals hit with Medicare penalty

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a dozen New Mexico hospitals will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicare payments because of hospital-acquired infections. Medicare is hitting more than 700 hospitals nationwide, including 11 in New Mexico, for...

Man hurt in Farmington crash in 2012 suing police

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man charged with causing a crash involving a former Farmington police officer is now suing police. The Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/1DZ0b5h) Saturday that Cody Olachea is suing former Officer Tyler Brown, Farmington police...

2 arrested in fatal shooting face other charges

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two people charged in a fatal shooting of a man at an Albuquerque apartment are now facing additional charges tied to a robbery. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/13rxw8a) that 19-year-old Juan Martinez and 19-year-old Ryan Baca were in...

Bernalillo putting cork in annual wine festival

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo is running dry after 27 years. Bernalillo town officials say they are no longer putting on the annual Labor Day weekend event. Festival executive director Maria Rinaldi said Friday ending...

Neil Patrick Harris among stars to speak at NMSU

December 21, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of a New Mexico State University lecture series named after longtime professor and playwright Mark Medoff say some big names will appear in its inaugural year. Coordinator Ross Marks tells the Las Cruces Sun-News...

Santa Fe to spend $8M on new water meter system

December 20, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials plan to spend more than $8 million overhauling its water meter reading system. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1CkfsZz) that the city’s Water Division will replace 34,000 water meters as well as...

Police union challenges reform deal with feds

December 20, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The union representing Albuquerque police officers is challenging a settlement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul police procedures, saying the deal undermines its own agreement. The Albuquerque Police...

New Mexico to check ballots in Colfax County

December 20, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is seeking a judge’s permission to investigate how initial election returns from one county were grossly miscalculated. The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/13nnTXI)...