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Former pueblo official pleads guilty in embezzlement case

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Bruce Sanchez entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to two counts from a 2012 indictment that accused him and a co-defendant of embezzling [&hellip...

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Man serving life term for murder dies in New Mexico prison

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence in the 1986 murder of a University of New Mexico student has died in prison. State Department of Corrections officials say 74-year-old Johnny Zinn died last week. The cause of death wasn’t...

Affidavit: Convicted ex-NM sheriff still under investigation

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANFA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison remains under investigation in another case. A new public affidavit says an FBI agent concluded that “probably cause” exist that former Rio...

Labor and education top list of New Mexico election donors

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new analysis by a watchdog group shows education and labor unions were among the top spenders in New Mexico state races during the 2014 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent more than...

Labor and education top list of New Mexico election donors

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new analysis by a watchdog group shows education and labor unions were among the top spenders in New Mexico state races during the 2014 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent more than...

New Mexico bill would limit smoking with kids around

January 29, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present. Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of...

New Mexico jobless drops to 6.1 percent in December

January 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate dipped for a second straight month. The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Monday that that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.1 percent....

State: Around 2,600 fugitives nabbed in New Mexico last year

January 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year thanks to an aggressive new team tapped with finding fugitives, state officials said. The Department of Corrections said...

New Mexico bill aims to reduce benefits if workers are high

January 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce workers’ compensation in cases when an employee’s death or injury results from being drunk or high on the job. Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan said being under the...

New Mexico to get rain, snow along with below-normal temps

January 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say New Mexico is about to get another big burst of winter weather. The National Weather Service says a strong cold front is expected to move into the state Wednesday night and Thursday, producing below-normal...