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NM high court asked to legalize gay marriage

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court was asked Thursday by a same-sex couple in Santa Fe to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state. If the court decides the case, it could resolve a politically difficult issue that has stalled in the Legislature. A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize gay [&hellip...

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NM man sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Acoma Pueblo man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison in a child sex abuse case. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Terrence Joseph Kie will be on seven years of supervised release after serving a 41-month...

NM court declines to resolve open meeting issue

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s highest court has ruled that Rio Rancho’s former city manager can’t sue the community for back pay, but the justices declined to decide an open government question in the case. The Supreme Court said...

Extreme weather fuels fire burning in southern NM

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in southern New Mexico picked up speed Thursday as the hot, dry and windy weather intensified. Managers said the Silver Fire advanced to the northwest over the Crest Trail and jumped the Rabb Trail, which forced...

IG pushes Los Alamos to do more on safety

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Another federal report is criticizing Los Alamos for not doing enough to protect the public from dangerous releases of radiation in the event of wildfires or an earthquake. An audit released Thursday by the Department of...

Report: NM Air Force fuel cleanup system struggles

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force cleanup system used for sucking jet fuel contamination from Albuquerque groundwater has been out of service for most of the month, according to a new report. Documents show the system at Kirtland Air Force Base shut...

2 stubborn NM wildfires continue to grow

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two raging wildfires on opposite ends of New Mexico continue to grow amid dangerously dry conditions. Fire officials say the Silver Fire, the blaze racing through parts of southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, expanded...

NM current insurance regulator to remain in office

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini was selected Wednesday to remain as New Mexico’s top insurance regulator when his office becomes an independent governmental agency next month. A nine-member committee named...

NM advocates praise high court’s gay marriage move

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage mark a step toward equal protection for same-sex couples but the decisions don’t have an immediate effect on state law. King...

Las Cruces toddler fatally struck by mom’s truck

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Las Cruces toddler who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by his mother. Las Cruces police say 24-year-old Sylvia Carriana Alvarado was moving a pickup truck from one side of her...