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Spanish pilgrims tour NM on 'Blue Nun' saint quest

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pilgrims from Agreda, Spain visited New Mexico this week in a quest to push sainthood for a woman known as “the Blue Nun.” The pilgrims came to gather information on the influences of Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, a 17th Century Catholic icon and author of a well-known book on [&hellip...

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Official: NM Finance Authority issued fake audit

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority, which makes billions of dollars in loans for public projects, faked its annual audit that was sent to creditors and investors for 2011, the state auditor said Thursday. The revelation shocked state...

Lawyers: NM gun raid case 'politically-motivated'

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels say the federal government’s investigation is politically-motivated. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/MkM67O) that defense team...

Salazar proposes potash, oil and gas plan for NM

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday introduced a proposal that could effectively end a decades-long squabble over development of oil and natural gas in an area that makes up the nation’s greatest potash reserve. Oil and...

Roswell police custody death ruled 'accidental'

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The death of a man who died in Roswell police custody has been ruled accidental. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/LcH3QR) that medical examiner made the ruling this week on the death of Robin Daniel Harney. The...

Rain prompts Albuquerque to reopen bosque

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rain and higher humidity levels have prompted Albuquerque area officials to reopen to the public the wooded area along the Rio Grande. Access was restricted to the bosque within city limits and Bernalillo County last month due to...

Gov. Martinez welcomes Rio Rancho call center

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the opening of a new calling center in Rio Rancho. The governor Thursday made the announcement on Alliance Data Systems, a provider of nearly 100 private label credit card programs. According to the...

NM prisons in 'lockdown' for drugs, weapons

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prisons are under a statewide lockdown as officials look for drugs and weapons. Deputy Secretary of Operations Joe Booker said Thursday the lockdown was ordered Wednesday and will last no more than five days. Officials say...

Racial profiling complaints filed in Farmington

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Six people filed racial profiling complaints against the Farmington Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday over accusations that the agencies used race and ethnicity to inquire about...

Salazar visits NM to discuss water issues

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rethinking water supply and demand along one of the West’s most important river systems is among the recommendations being considered by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials in a report released Wednesday on...