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OB-GYN gives up state Medical Society presidential post

March 1, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs obstetrician and gynecologist who allegedly had sex with patients and left some giving birth unattended is giving up the presidency of the New Mexico Medical Society. The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1zrwkKn) Saturday that Christopher S. Driskill handed in his resignation as president-elect of the...

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Farmington man charged with stabbing pregnant girlfriend

March 1, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck after learning she was pregnant. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1E4L8WR) that 26-year-old Kyle Desoto was charged Wednesday in Farmington...

Senate reconfirms appointment of New Mexico health boss

March 1, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top health official has the backing of the state Senate. The chamber voted unanimously Friday to reconfirm Retta Ward’s appointment as head of the state Health Department. She has held the post since January...

Things to know as New Mexico weighs new tribal casino deal

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Nov. 19, 2008 photo, a crowd of patrons wait to enter the then-new Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock, N.M. New Mexico lawmakers are facing a hard deadline as agreements that allow a handful of American Indian tribes to operate casinos approach...

Late-term abortion ban headed to New Mexico House floor

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would ban late-term abortions is on its way to the House floor for consideration. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure Friday on a 7-6 party-line vote. Those who spoke in favor of the measure said lawmakers...

Angst over new standardized test roiling New Mexico

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen students protested at the State Capitol on Friday and more plan to walk out of their schools next week as frustration brews over new standardized tests in New Mexico. Students from Santa Fe schools rallied outside before...

State Police releases names of officers in fatal shooting

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have released the names of five officers involved in the fatal shooting of a fugitive last weekend near Ruidoso. The U.S. Marshals Service says 41-year-old Jason Moncrief Carter had an outstanding warrant out of...

NM House panel tables bill to ban coyote-killing contests

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate-approved measure that would ban coyote-killing contests in New Mexico has stalled in the House. The House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee voted 8-2 Friday to table the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mark Moores...

Carlsbad man gets 10-year prison term for drug trafficking

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking and firearms violations. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Christopher O. Reza also was sentenced Friday to four years of supervised release...

Mayor says water safe despite study on human waste in rivers

February 28, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Farmington says residents don’t have to worry about their drinking water despite a study that found significant levels of bacteria hinting at the presence of human waste in two San Juan County rivers. “I want...