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Former Rio Arriba sheriff must remain in federal prison

April 23, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Rio Arriba County Sheriff will remain in federal prison in Texas while awaiting his appeal charges of violating a person’s civil rights while using a handgun. Former Sheriff Tommy Rodella was sentenced in January to 10 years in federal prison for abusing a driver in an off-duty traffic stop [&hellip...

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Santa Fe auditor says full audit would waste money

April 23, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe might not conduct a full audit after a report found that $30.3 million parks bond was mismanaged. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1G6Kg0b) that the city’s internal auditor Liza Kerr said Tuesday such an...

New Mexico has 31st straight month of over-year job gains

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say New Mexico has notched its 31st consecutive month of over-the-year employment growth in March. The Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday that New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1...

Ex-US Border Patrol agent is sentenced in child porn case

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison in a child pornography case. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Abel Michael Quiroz, of Las Cruces, will be on supervised release for five years...

Utility defends plans to replace power from San Juan plant

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace power from part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar generation. Critics, including environmentalists and...

‘Independence Day 2′ to begin filming in New Mexico

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been an open secret around Albuquerque for months. But the New Mexico Film Office finally announced Tuesday that filming will begin next month on the sequel to the alien invasion movie, “Independence Day.” In...

Officer won’t face charges in November shooting death

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney won’t file charges against a New Mexico State Police officer in the November shooting death of 27-year-old Myles Roughsurface in San Juan County. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1G31POr)...

Experts say Las Cruces snake sightings probably not Mojaves

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Snake experts are skeptical of claims that deadly Mojave rattlesnakes have been seen around Las Cruces recently. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1IByUnt) that Humane Society of Southern New Mexico President Frank Bryce...

Family offers reward for stolen headstone

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque family is offering $200 reward for the return of a headstone meant for the grave of a 103-year-old grandmother. Lester Brown tells KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1HqGaE6 ) that the headstone for his mother, Mary Brown, was in...

Woman testifies about night her step-grandfather died

April 22, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jeannie Ann Sandoval says the chain of events that led to her step-grandfather’s death began when he denied her a cigarette. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1HdWQA2) that Sandoval testified Monday that her...