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Utah, New Mexico clear San Juan River for drinking water

August 16, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Communities in northern New Mexico that use the Animas and San Juan rivers for drinking water can resume doing so after officials lifted water restrictions enacted after a leak of contaminants at a Colorado gold mine sent a plume of pollutants downstream. Utah also has given its approval for its San [&hellip...

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Blue Cross may pull out of New Mexico exchange market

August 16, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico may pull out of the individual insurance marketplace set up under the Affordable Health act next year if it can’t reach a deal on rate hikes with the state insurance commissioner. The...

Rain brings respite from drought, but also disease risk

August 16, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For New Mexico gardeners and farmers, the summer rain may seem like a welcome respite from the drought. The wet weather has also helped rodent populations soar, however — and that can promote the spread of diseases like plague...

Albuquerque police say man found dead was homicide victim

August 16, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man found dead in a home on the city’s southeast side was the victim of a homicide. Police spokesman officer Simon Drobik said Saturday that detectives investigating the discovery of the body...

Arrest in case that led Albuquerque dispatcher to resign

August 16, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they’ve arrested an 18-year-old man on a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting that led a city fire department dispatcher who hung up on a 911 caller to resign. Police said in a statement...

Police: Suspicious device found on New Mexico church grounds

August 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a suspicious device found on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces has been rendered safe, just two weeks after the detonation of explosive devices outside two other churches in the city. Las Cruces...

4 Las Cruces teens indicted in fatal shooting last month

August 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Four Las Cruces teenagers have been indicted in a fatal shooting during a home invasion last month. Prosecutors say a Dona Ana County grand jury indicted three 18-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy in the case. All four are facing...

2 Albuquerque officers cleared in shooting of Vietnam vet

August 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque officers have been cleared in the 2013 fatal shooting of a 66-year-old knife-wielding Vietnam veteran. Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday that Officers Jeffrey Bludworth and Katherine...

Health Dept. investigating case of plague in a Santa Fe dog

August 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of plague in a dog in Santa Fe. The dog most likely was exposed to plague by infected rodents and their fleas while walking with its owner along the Santa Fe River....

Police say plane crashes near Las Cruces, 2 injured

August 15, 2015 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a plane that crashed near Interstate 10 about a quarter mile east of the Las Cruces International Airport was a T-28 vintage Navy aircraft. . New Mexico State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo says two people were...