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Albuquerque carjacking, subsequent shootout leaves 2 dead

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say a victim and a suspect are dead following a carjacking and a subsequent shootout between a suspect and law enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s Department says deputies and Albuquerque police officers returned fire after they stopped the stolen SUV and the suspect inside the vehicle opened...

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Retrial in deputy shooting case scheduled for November

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014 has been scheduled for Nov. 28. Last week, jurors told a Las Cruces judge that they couldn’t reach a decision in the Tai...

Arizona wildfire smoke leads to health alert in Albuquerque

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program has issued a health alert due to smoke from an eastern Arizona wildfire causing elevated levels of particulate matter in Albuquerque. Health officials say the alert is...

New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

June 15, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner...

New Mexico wildfire spurs emergency declaration

June 15, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than three square miles Wednesday, sending up a towering plume of smoke that swelled as afternoon temperatures soared and eventually blanketed the state’s largest city in a...

Indiana man gets 11-year prison term for meth trafficking

June 15, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Indiana man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Rashad Travon Woods, of Indianapolis, also was sentenced Wednesday to five years of...

California man pleads guilty to a heroin trafficking charge

June 14, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking charge in New Mexico and could be facing 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Mario Arvizo Padron Jr., of Bakersfield, entered his plea Tuesday in a federal...

Surgeon general calls for greater investment in opioid fight

June 14, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, right, tours a University of New Mexico treatment center that helps people recover from addiction to opioids, in Albuquerque Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Murthy is conducting a multi-state tour focused on the nation’s...

New Mexico again criticizes EPA over handling of mine spill

June 14, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

New Mexico again criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday over a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three states, accusing the agency of lying about the seriousness of the blowout. New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn...

AG, legislative officials spar over subpoenas in fraud case

June 13, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office is firing back at the Legislative Council Service over an effort to either quash or limit the scope of subpoenas issued in the case of a former state senator accused of fraud. In court...