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Hit-and-run accident forces shutdown on NM freeway

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One side of a major freeway has reopened after a hit-and-run accident. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/Jyi2Pd) reports Bernalillo County deputies shut down the southbound lanes of I-25 at Rio Bravo while police investigated the scene Friday morning. Authorities say a truck towing a recreational vehicle hit and ran over a motorcyclist at...

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NM artist says shooting was self-defense

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for a Santa Fe artist who shot a gun outside a convenience store, injuring a bystander, says his client will not face charges. Lawyer Dan Cron told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/KgztK1) on Thursday police will not...

Governor’s committee donates $19K to candidates

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political action committee of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez contributed $19,000 to candidates for the Legislature and other offices in the closing stretch of the primary election season, according to a financial report filed...

NM state workers’ payroll deposits may be delayed

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct paycheck deposits for thousands of New Mexico state workers may be delayed for up to 24 hours because of “human error” in the government’s payroll and budget agency, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration...

1st case of human plague in US this year is NM man

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of plague in the United States this year. State health officials said Thursday that a 78-year-old man from Torrance County currently is hospitalized in stable...

Police report: Boxer’s wife worried about drug use

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of Johnny Tapia worried that the boxing legend may have been using narcotics just before his death, according to a police report. The reports, released Wednesday, show Teresa Tapia suspected her husband had access to...

Wildfire prompts closure of Gila Cliff Dwellings

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials are closing the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument due to smoke generated by what has become New Mexico’s largest wildfire. The National Park Service said the closure would take effect Thursday until air quality...

NM judge involved in bar argument resigns

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A judge who faced scrutiny following a heated argument at a Farmington bar has stepped down from the bench. Judge Thomas Hynes resigned Wednesday from the 11th Judicial District Court and agreed to never run for any state judicial office....

3rd man sought in Tome home invasion

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police are looking for a third man suspected of being involved in a home invasion in Tome that led to the shooting of a 10-year-old boy. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/KL08LJ) state police were searching Thursday for...

Ex-Las Cruces coach to remain in feds’ custody

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Cruces basketball coach who is accused of having child pornography on his computer will remain in federal custody until his trial. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/KZjJ7D) that 32-year-old Eric B. Khan was...