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NM governor criticized for domestic partner veto

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism from a liberal advocacy group for vetoing legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military members. The Republican governor signed into law last month a nearly identical measure but it...

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Tuberculosis cases in NM are lowest since 2005

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say there were 40 new cases of tuberculosis diagnosed last year in New Mexico and that’s the lowest number in the state since 2005. But they say New Mexico residents remain three times more likely to die from...

Bernalillo may ship inmates to ease jail crowding

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County may move up 300 prisoners to other facilities elsewhere in New Mexico and possibly even Texas to ease jail crowding. The County Commission on Tuesday will consider county officials’ request for approval to...

NM plastic fetuses lawsuit dismissal upheld

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a nationally watched lawsuit in which students in a conservative Roswell religious group challenged school officials’ response to their handing out rubber fetuses. The 10th...

Las Cruces traffic signals get backup power

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Battery backup units have been installed at 23 key traffic signals in Las Cruces, providing an alternate power source to keep the lights on during outages. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/10LZk0Z ) reports that the southern...

Man gets life sentence for murder in Tucumcari

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A 70-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a 2009 shooting death at a lodge in Tucumcari. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/17l5aKv) that Robert Wynashe was convicted...

High-speed chase that began in Texas ends in NM

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A high-speed chase that began in Texas ended in eastern New Mexico after tire deflation devices were used to stop the speeding sedan. Authorities say driver Christopher Sharp refused to stop early Sunday morning after being clocked by...

vNM shells out for repair costs despite warranty

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has had to pay nearly $14 million in unexpected repair costs for a stretch of U.S. 550 due to a liability limit that was included in a 20-year warranty on the reconstruction and widening of the highway...

NM rehab facility celebrates new greenhouse

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Tuesday, April 3, 2013 photo, Herbert Zohine performs a blessing ceremony during a dedication for a new greenhouse at Totah Behavioral Health in Farmington N.M. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Jon Austria) FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Totah Behavioral Health...

Misconduct cases could cost over $12 million

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The potential taxpayer tab for misconduct cases involving Albuquerque police officers in 2013 is above $12 million. That figure includes a $10.3 million jury award last month in a lawsuit filed by the family of Iraq War veteran...