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NM voter registration up 5% since 2008 election

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter registration in New Mexico has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election, and independent voters have grown the fastest, state election officials reported Monday. Nearly 1.3 million people are registered and eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, according to the latest figures from the [&hellip...

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NM court reinstates religious leader’s convictions

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court on Monday reinstated the convictions of religious group leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers but more appeals remain in the case. The state Supreme Court reversed the Court of...

NM man gets 50-year prison sentence in rape case

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Pinedale man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping a wheelchair-bound teenage girl in 2010. A federal judge in Santa Fe sentenced 37-year-old Stanton Begay on Monday. He was convicted in May after a...

Millions of acres sought to help save jaguars

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has proposed that federal officials set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico to aid efforts to save endangered jaguars. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently...

Lab to provide technical help for Navajo energy

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories has extended an agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide technical assistance as the tribe seeks to develop its energy resources. The agreement announced Friday continued the cooperative relationship...

Lovelace Health Plan sues medical group

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lovelace Health Plan has filed a lawsuit in a bid to stop a medical group from trying to get its patients to switch insurance companies. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TCiT5p) that Lovelace accuses the 184-physician...

Agency to spend $20M on road, bridge maintenance

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Transportation says $20 million will be spent on repairing New Mexico roads and bridges to ensure they’re properly maintained as winter approaches. The state Transportation Commission approved the use of the...

Feds confirm probe into Gov. Martinez emails

October 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office has confirmed that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating a complaint by Gov. Susana Martinez that her campaign emails were stolen. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PKhoXu) that U.S....

Lawsuit: NM agency hurt disabled clients

October 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “enhancing the lives of people with disabilities” is facing a lawsuit from clients for neglect and exploitation. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rfhrrq)...

Police: NM man secretly lived in family’s shed

October 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police say a family found him living in their backyard shed. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/XGjnfs ) that Adam Chavez was arrested Friday on a burglary charge shortly following the...