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Hispanic center foundation gets interim director

September 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation has appointed a former Bernalillo County deputy manager to serve as interim executive director. The foundation announced Friday that Julie Morgas Baca will begin work with the foundation Oct. 1. Her challenge will be bolstering fundraising and membership efforts to support the...

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NMSU officials say president on “annual leave”

September 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — After a week of questions, New Mexico State University employees have now been told that university President Barbara Couture is taking voluntary annual leave. Couture’s unexpected absence and the silence it has brought from...

Holloman AFB to lose 250 jobs when F-22 leaves

September 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An estimated 250 jobs will be lost at Holloman Air Force Base next year when the base loses its F-22 Raptor fighters. The detachment of the 44th Fighter Group and its fleet of F-22s is moving to Tyndall Air Force Base. Col. Scott...

Report: NM gains initially with Medicaid expansion

September 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s costs of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul will be offset initially by additional tax revenues because of increased spending on medical services, according to a legislative committee analysis...

AG: Ruling means small NM borrowers owed $10M

September 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district judge’s ruling could mean millions for consumers who took out small loans from a Dallas-based lender. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says his office’s three-year legal battle against...

Inmate at NM prison dies in apparent suicide

September 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLAYTON, N.M. (AP) — An inmate serving a 6-year sentence at the state prison near Clayton has died in what officials believe is a suicide. State Corrections officials say in a news release that 41-year-old Ray Stallings was found outside his cell at the...

Alamo probation officer held on trafficking charge

September 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A juvenile probation officer from Alamogordo is jailed without bond after officials say they found nearly 10 pounds of marijuana in his state vehicle at a Border Patrol checkpoint. Homeland Security Investigations officials say Saul...

Lottery scholarship fund faces financial trouble

September 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez may have to consider how to shore up a college scholarship fund that’s bankrolled by the state lottery. The Legislative Finance Committee reported Wednesday the scholarship fund is projected to...

McCain, 2 other senators fundraising for Wilson

September 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While the national Republican Party has all but abandoned New Mexico in recent weeks, three GOP senators came to Albuquerque on Tuesday to raise money and boost the campaign of Heather Wilson as the U.S. Senate candidate best...

NM boy recovering after being mauled by 5 dogs

September 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old Chaparral boy is recovering in a hospital after being mauled by five dogs and suffering more than 50 bites. Dona Ana County authorities say charges are pending against the owner of the German shepherds who hasn’t...