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2 N M business partners charged in spa fraud case

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Vegas, N.M., city councilor and his business partner are facing securities fraud charges for bilking an investor out of $50,000 over a closed oxygen bar and spa in Albuquerque. State officials announced Thursday that 44-year-old Frank Berged IV, of Albuquerque, and 45-year-old Brenda Duggan, of Corrales, N.M., [&hellip...

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Court: Online bookseller owes New Mexico sales tax

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nationally known online bookseller must pay more than a half million dollars in taxes for books, music and movies bought by customers in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals has ruled in a dispute over the state’s power to...

Ariz. regulators approve NM power plant purchase

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s one more step forward for a plan by Arizona’s largest utility to restructure ownership of a coal-fired power plant it operates in northwestern New Mexico. Arizona utility regulators have approved Arizona Public...

Police ticket 49 in Las Cruces crackdown

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces ticketed 49 drivers during a crackdown on seat belt and cell phone violators. Police say 20 drivers were cited for not wearing seat belts and 11 for using their cell phones while driving. The remaining tickets...

Valencia sheriff joins NM starving horses probe

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Valencia County sheriff’s department has joined the investigation into four emaciated horses found struggling for life at a Los Lunas horse auction business. Sheriff Louis Burkhard told the Albuquerque Journal...

Ga. handcuff case renews school policing debate

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows attorney Shannon Kennedy looking through a case file involving a school-aged child who was placed in handcuffs for “non-violent misdemeanors” and was charged with “interfering with the...

New mayor selected for New Mexico's Sunland Park

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park have appointed a new mayor. By a 3-2 vote with one abstention Wednesday night, the council selected 24-year-old Javier Perea. He’ll be sworn in next week...

Gov. Martinez against proposed Sill Apache casino

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous is seeking a meeting with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in hopes of winning her support for the tribe’s proposed casino on its new reservation near Deming. Martinez said Tuesday...

Albuquerque man wins $1 million Powerball prize

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has claimed a $1 million prize for matching five numbers in a Powerball drawing. The New Mexico Lottery says James Larson beat the 1 in 5.2 million odds in Saturday night’s drawing. If had also matched the...

Most of Bernalillo without water after pipe issues

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Most of the town of Bernalillo is without water and one lane of a major route linking Rio Rancho and Albuquerque has been closed after problems with a water main. U.S. Highway 550 is down to one lane in each direction around the...