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New Mexico eyes $24 million settlement in pay-to-play case

April 22, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are considering whether to accept a $24 million settlement from an investment firm in what would be the largest payment yet in a pay-to-play scandal during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson. The State Investment Council and attorney general have urged approval of the deal with [&hellip...

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Feds: University of New Mexico fails in sex assault response

April 22, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students often do not know how to report sexual assault and sexual harassment at the University of New Mexico or where to turn for help in a broken system that violates federal law, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. The...

New Mexico lawmakers challenge feds over rare mouse

April 21, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly half of New Mexico’s Legislature is stepping into the fray between ranchers and the federal government over the fencing of watering holes on national forest land to protect an endangered mouse found in three Western...

New Mexico says more families eligible for child care help

April 21, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance and announced Thursday the state will expand eligibility requirements until late May The...

Sheriff: Nurse used prescription drugs to kill boyfriend

April 21, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico says a yearlong investigation has led to the arrest of a registered nurse accused of using prescription drugs to kill her fiance. Kandi Adams was arrested in Nevada on charges of...

San Juan County residents meeting on Gold King Mine cleanup

April 21, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Residents of northern New Mexico will be able to learn about the long-term monitoring plan in response to the Gold King Mine spill that affected several communities. The New Mexico Gold King Mine Spill Citizens Advisory Committee...

New Mexico prepares to sue over federal wolf-release plan

April 20, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is threatening legal action against the federal government after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly revealed its intention to release more Mexican gray wolves into the wild. The state Department of Game and Fish...

Man charged in 2002 killing of Carlsbad woman

April 20, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man in the killing of a woman who was found shot 13 years ago in an alfalfa field east of Carlsbad. Jeremy J. Melendrez is charged with murder in the December 2002 shooting of 21-year-old Sasha...

Drug task force in southwestern New Mexico facing scrutiny

April 20, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A drug task force in southwestern New Mexico is facing scrutiny over the handling and storing of evidence by law enforcement officers. The Silver City Sun-News reports that Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez says she...

Planned Parenthood abortion drug prescriptions net complaint

April 19, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s board of nursing is investigating a complaint that a Planned Parenthood nurse prescribed an abortion drug in violation of state law. The complaint says the nurse practitioner who prescribed the abortion medication...