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Alamogordo to have separate police, fire functions

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo plans to split its Department of Public Safety into separate fire and police departments. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/14Xr8nb ) reports that a city memorandum indicates that the split approved by the City Commission Tuesday night will produce net savings of nearly $230,000 in the coming fiscal year. City...

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NMSU regents to announce finalists for president

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Garrey Carruthers is one five finalists to become president of New Mexico State University. Also in the running are former University of Nevada, Las Vegas President David Ashley, former Texas Tech President Guy...

Panel hears proposal to change NM water rules

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A battle is brewing over how to best protect groundwater at mining sites around New Mexico. The state Environment Department said Tuesday the rules it has proposed would be the most stringent of any copper producing state in the...

UNM reconsiders retiree health cost changes

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico regents have approved a task force’s recommendations for steps proposed to cover rising costs of retiree health benefits. The recommendations include requiring employees and the university to make...

Judge sends Albuquerque police crash case to trial

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the case of an Albuquerque police sergeant charged in a deadly crash can proceed to a trial. A criminal complaint charges Sgt. Adam Casaus with vehicular homicide and great bodily injury by vehicle in a Feb....

Ex-border agent in NM pleads guilty in bribe case

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe for smuggling an illegal immigrant into New Mexico. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Gabriel Burke, of Deming, entered his plea Tuesday in an Albuquerque...

NM governor vetoes money for statue of pro golfer

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico community will need to take a mulligan in trying to obtain state money for a bronze statue of Hall of Fame professional golfer Nancy Lopez and her father. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $150,000 the Legislature had...

Court reinstates New Mexico’s green building codes

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has lost a court fight over repealing energy efficient building requirements implemented by her Democratic predecessor. The state Court of Appeals last week overturned a 2011 decision by the...

Trial underway in Las Cruces police shooting

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is hearing testimony in the trial of a wrongful death suit against Las Cruces and a police officer for the 2010 fatal shooting of a man holding a sword. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ZB6okC), the...

NM governor raises about $372,000 for re-election

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled nearly $1.5 million for her re-election campaign next year, which is far more than declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King, according to fundraising disclosures filed Monday....