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Gov. Martinez signs health care proposal

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that supporters say can help ensure high quality care is available for stroke patients in New Mexico hospitals. The measure calls for the state to certify hospitals as a “stroke center” if they are accredited by an independent, nonprofit group called the Joint Commission,...

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Curry County approves ban on most open fires

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires after county commissioners voted to implement a fire danger resolution. The Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/z4Ur0C) reports the fire ban becomes effective immediately and...

Homeland Security to up presence in Four Corners

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico said it plans to increase its presence in the Four Corners region to counter to growing influences of drug cartels in the area. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Cops: NM 9-year-old passed out drunk on playground

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Police say a nine-year-old boy was very drunk when he was found passed out and barely conscious on a New Mexico playground. KRQE reports (http://bit.ly/yE9BTY) that two kids found their nine-year-old friend passed out at a Carlsbad...

Homeland Security to up presence in Four Corners

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico said it plans to increase its presence in New Mexico’s Four Corners region to counter to growing influences of Mexican drug cartels in the area. The...

New Mexico proposes to overhaul Medicaid program

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state’s population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to...

Ex-NM policeman acquitted in pedestrian's death

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state police officer has been acquitted of leaving the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian dead in downtown Santa Fe. The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/zkOx1n ) the jury returned its verdict in the case of Alfred...

Judge proposes NM House redistricting options

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge is proposing two options for revamping political districts of the state House of Representatives to comply with directives from New Mexico’s highest court. One of the plans suggested by retired District...

LANL to cut up to 10 percent of permanent staff

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation’s premier nuclear facility unveiled plans Tuesday to shed as many as 800 employees, or nearly 10 percent of its regular permanent workforce, as it faces a $300 million budget cut this year and the prospect of...

Lawyer settles claim in Vaughan case

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer credited with giving Albuquerque real estate executive and admitted Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan the idea for raising cash through promissory notes has reached a settlement in the case. Sylvain Segal agreed to have his...