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New Mexico biofuels project may get boost after water change

April 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A planned biofuels project near Jal may get a boost from a new oil and gas rule approved by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission. The change adopted by the state panel last month allows companies to reuse water in drilling operations, the Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://goo.gl/akwF4A ). The rule could [&hellip...

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Roosevelt County jail policy on lawyer visits tossed

April 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has tossed out a Roosevelt County jail policy that limited attorney contact with inmates. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/RpLQW5) that District Judge Donna Mowrer ruled last week the policy was...

Allegations against Albuquerque police officers investigated

April 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Allegations of excessive use of force by two Albuquerque police officers are the subject of a New Mexico State Police investigation. The State Police said its Investigation Bureau is investigating a March 20 incident and that...

Martinez signs gambling compacts with 5 New Mexico tribes

April 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five New Mexico tribes have new 22-year gambling compacts with the state. Gov. Susana Martinez signed agreements with the Acoma and Jemez pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Navajo Nation. All of...

Firefighter awarded in sexual harassment cases against city

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court has awarded $183,000 in damages to an Albuquerque firefighter who said she’d been sexually harassed on the job. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1FARiK6 ) that Adele Parker, also known as Adele...

Santa Fe police say fugitive was seen in town

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted in connection to a 2010 armed robbery and a murder has been spotted in Santa Fe. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DVUPrA ) 25-year-old Rafael Dominguez shot at a clerk during a robbery at a mini-market called Latinos Unidos...

Reining in payday loans falls by wayside in New Mexico

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jill Mooney recently took out a $300 loan from a storefront business to get out of a financial jam, putting up her $1,400 car as collateral. The Albuquerque mother of four thought it would take roughly three, $100-a-month payments...

Immigrants resurrect Catholic parish in Santa Fe

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A couple of hundred Catholics gathered inside the San Isidro-San José Parish’s historic mission church in the southwest part of town on Holy Thursday to hear a sermon on the Last Supper by the Rev. Franklin Pretto-Ferro. Along...

Albuquerque schools names California educator as new leader

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has named a California educator to lead the district of nearly 88,000 students. The board picked Luis Valentino for the superintendent’s job on Saturday from three finalists...

Regents OK 3 percent hike in tuition for UNM students

April 13, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Costs to attend the University of New Mexico will rise in the coming school year after the Board of Regents approved a series of tuition and fee hikes for the university’s main Albuquerque campus and others across the state....