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Report: Arts, culture have $5.6B impact in NM

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s uninterrupted vistas and intertwined Hispanic and Native American cultures have long been a draw for tourists and artists. However, a report commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs shows more needs to be done to capitalize on the state’s creative assets as art and culture markets go global and...

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Carlsbad man convicted in Social Security theft

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man who police say admitted to killing his dad, dismembering his body with a chain saw and then burying him in the backyard has been found guilty of stealing his late father’s Social Security benefits. A federal...

Gary King backs expanding early childhood programs

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King proposes using one of New Mexico’s endowment funds to provide additional money for public schools and expand early childhood programs. King outlined his educational policies on...

Complaint: Shooting suspect got angry after call

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A criminal complaint says a man suspected in an Albuquerque mass shooting told two people he got angry when he heard his ex-girlfriend having sex or kissing during a phone call. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/4chDRn)...

Delay urged on medical marijuana program changes

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1nPyei5 ) reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain...

La Bajada mesa mine decision punted _ again

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County Commissioners have postponed for a second time a decision on a proposed 50-acre basalt mine on La Bajada mesa. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://goo.gl/6DL31u) that commissioners punted a final decision Tuesday...

Health officials urge steps to avoid West Nile

August 14, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are urging residents to take steps to avoid contracting the West Nile virus, a potentially fatal neurological illness typically spread by mosquitoes. No human cases have been confirmed in New Mexico this...

State officials close boat ramp at Heron Lake

August 13, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS OJOS, N.M. (AP) — Persistent drought along with demands for water along the Rio Grande have forced New Mexico officials to temporarily close the only remaining boat ramp access point at Heron Lake. State parks officials say other areas of New Mexico...

Albuquerque police: Mass shooting suspect dead

August 13, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted in a shooting that killed a woman and wounded three others apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Albuquerque police said Marcos Delgado, 46, shot himself early Tuesday after a short chase with...

Department: Bat in San Miguel County had rabies

August 13, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say a 3-year-old San Miguel County girl is undergoing rabies vaccinations because she came in contact with a bat that has tested positive for the fatal disease. The Department of Health says the bat is the...