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NM jobless rate at 6.4 percent, unchanged in Dec.

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 6.4 percent. The state Workforce Solutions Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate in December was down from 6.6 percent a year ago. The state agency says jobs have grown by 0.4 percent, a gain of 3,000 over the year. The largest employment [&hellip...

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NM man pleads guilty to a statutory rape charge

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mescalero Apache man has pleaded guilty to a statutory rape charge in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Norman Stan Chee entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces and didn’t have a plea agreement. Chee...

Suits allege abuse at New Mexico juvenile facility

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawsuits filed in state District Court allege that four boys from Las Cruces endured abuse at the hands or direction of state employees while in custody at a juvenile facility in Albuquerque. The lawsuits allege that food deprivation,...

Man pleads guilty to robbing Albuquerque bank

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in the city at gunpoint last year. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Mariano H. Herrera entered his plea Tuesday to armed bank robbery and firearms charges. Herrera was arrested on...

Chaparral man faces animal cruelty charges

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Otero County authorities have arrested a Chaparral man on numerous animal cruelty charges. The 156 counts against 44-year-old Felix Moriel stem from an investigation into malnourished, dead and injured dogs found at an animal...

Inmates’ lawyers oppose trial on NM county jail

January 28, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County is getting pushback on its call for a trial on a lawsuit that contends conditions in the county jail violate inmates’ constitutional rights. The lawsuit was filed in 1995, and the county recently asked the...

Albuquerque reaches settlement in police shooting

January 27, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The police shooting of an Iraq War veteran in 2010 will cost Albuquerque about $8 million. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1lipy8J) reported Monday that a tentative settlement for $7.95 million has been reached with the...

New Mexico bill would regulate art auction houses

January 27, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill introduced in the New Mexico Legislature would impose government oversight of art auction houses and change the way some do business. Sen. Tim Keller’s bill would authorize the Attorney General’s Office to regulate...

NM man gets prison for assault on a tribal officer

January 27, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a tribal officer in Taos Pueblo. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Dallas Chase Barth was sentenced Monday to a 27-month prison term followed by...

Texas to proceed with water lawsuit against NM

January 27, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande. Texas contends that groundwater pumping near the Texas-New Mexico border has resulted in Texas farmers...