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Ex-tennis instructor gets 6 months for sex with teen student

July 3, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe tennis instructor has been sentenced to six months in jail for charges that he had sex with his 15-year-old student. Victor Hugo Villarreal II was sentenced Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of criminal sexual [&hellip...

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Pumping, treating of Kirtland’s jet fuel plume begins

July 3, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use. She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on...

Martinez: Christie like many ‘friends’ eyeing GOP nomination

July 3, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she knew her friend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would jump into the race for the GOP presidential nomination. But she stopped short of endorsing him Wednesday and said many of the Republican...

Albuquerque settles excessive force lawsuit for $500,000

July 3, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque is paying a man a half-million dollar settlement to conclude an excessive force lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1GQ8mx8) this new amount includes $200,000 previously awarded by a jury...

New Mexico tribal leaders gather for annual summit

July 3, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from around New Mexico are gathering at Santa Ana Pueblo for the state’s annual tribal summit. Economic development, health and wellness, and education are among the topics on the agenda. Gov....

Robber killed in shootout with ex-anchor’s husband at motel

July 2, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cross-country road trip got derailed for a former CNN anchor and her husband after a would-be robber forced his way into their motel room and a shootout ensued. Lynne Russell told reporters Wednesday that her husband, Chuck de...

More tribes sign gambling agreements with New Mexico

July 2, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One northern New Mexico tribe is digging in its heels, but others have signed new gambling agreements with the state in recent weeks to ensure they can operate their casinos for another two decades. Gov. Susana Martinez’s...

Santa Fe cardiologist pleads not guilty to fraud charges

July 2, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Roy G. Heilbron was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment Wednesday. He’s...

Daycare: Same-sex marriage, finances reasons for closing

July 2, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces church daycare says it’s closing due to troubled finances and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. First Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor David Burrows told KFOX-TV in El Paso...

Civil forfeiture reform among new laws in New Mexico

July 2, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime is one of many new laws that go into effect on Wednesday. The law, signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, is aimed at providing transparency...