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Lesser marijuana possession penalties proposed

February 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque lawmaker proposes lessening penalties for possession of marijuana in New Mexico. Democratic Rep. Emily Kane, who is a firefighter, introduced a measure Thursday to impose civil penalty fines on adults convicted a first time of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana. Possible jail time would be eliminated [&hellip...

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Court affirms convictions in Las Cruces murder

February 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a Las Cruces man for a 2005 murder at a gasoline station in southern New Mexico. Kenneth Rauch was sentenced to life in prison for murder and 23 years for other crimes, including...

Space industry liability bill passes NM House

February 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to help New Mexico develop a commercial space travel industry is on a glide path to becoming law. The House unanimously approved the measure on Thursday to limit the liability of spacecraft manufacturers and their suppliers....

Albuquerque dips in magazine’s film-making ranking

February 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s standing on a new list of cities ranked for their suitability to host film productions is down. MovieMaker Magazine ranks Albuquerque No. 8 on its 2013 list of top 10 cities. That’s a steep slide from...

Business-related bankruptcies down in New Mexico

February 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Business bankruptcies in New Mexico are down as the state continues to recover from the Great Recession. A federal court report says there were 182 business-related petitions filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Mexico in 2012....

Oklahoma couple get prison after 2011 NM arrests

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma couple has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after narcotics trafficking and firearms convictions. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Rafael Goxcon-Chagal and 36-year-old Maria Vianey Medina-Copete were sentenced Wednesday....

Correction: Nuclear Sites-Recycling story

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about a federal proposal for recycling scrap metal from the nation’s nuclear labs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bulk of metal had been exposed to radiation. Most of the metal is...

House OKs ban on welfare benefit card use at bars

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has unanimously approved a measure to prohibit welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to make purchases or cash withdrawals at liquor stores, bars, casinos, strip clubs and other adult entertainment...

Santa Fe working on benefits mandate for partners

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal being developed by Santa Fe officials would require contractors doing work for the city to provide their employees with domestic partner benefits. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/Ya8LDz ) says it has yet to be...

NM jury split in case involving business rivals

February 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether to retry or drop a case against a Las Vegas businessman accused of striking a rival with a two-by-four piece of lumber. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/11L23dX ) reports that...