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Suspected Santa Fe FOP lodge embezzlement probed

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A criminal investigation is under way into a suspected embezzlement scheme at Santa Fe’s Fraternal Order of Police and the lodge is dealing with major financial problems tied to the alleged loss. The FOP, state police and the District Attorney’s Office confirmed to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/HL8rcF ) that...

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Blue Cross policyholders blast proposed rate hike

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state hearing officer has listened to several Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders speak of financial hardships they’ll endure if higher monthly premiums were to kick in as the insurer wants. The insurance company has proposed...

Remains of man missing since 2010 found in Gallup

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The remains of a Tohatchi man who has been missing since 2010 have been found in a field near the flea market in Gallup. The Gallup Independent reports that the remains of 29-year-old Alarik Tsosie were discovered by a man hiking with...

High winds create havoc across SW New Mexico

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fierce winds are kicking up dust across much of southwestern New Mexico and triggering highway closures and health warnings. The health department in Albuquerque warned people with bronchitis, asthma or other respiratory problems to...

NM meat plant owner defends horse slaughter plan

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a New Mexico slaughterhouse is defending his plan to become the first plant in the nation since 2007 to handle horses after an outcry from politicians and animal activists. In interviews with the Roswell Daily Record and...

Gallup hospital cited for hazardous waste handling

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup Indian Medical Center is facing a $36,000 fine from the state Environmental Department for improperly handling infectious waste. An order and citation obtained by the Gallup Independent says the hospital sent infectious medical...

Court keeps Rep. Dianne Hamilton on ballot

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that a seven-term Republican legislator from Silver City can remain on the ballot. The court on Friday affirmed a decision by a district judge that Rep. Dianne Hamilton had submitted enough voter...

Groups rally in NM for Mexican gray wolf releases

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the Southwest. About four dozen people gathered outside the agency’s regional headquarters in downtown Albuquerque on Friday....

New Mexico pension program hires new administrator

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association has selected Wayne Propst as its top administrator for the pension system serving New Mexico government employees. The pension board announced Friday that Propst will become executive...

PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez to host NM ed town hall

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2009 file photo, broadcast journalist Ray Suarez Jr. greets a fellow guest during National Hispanic Heritage Month on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The PBS NewsHour’s Suarez is scheduled on Wednesday,...