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NM expands enforcement power over tattoo parlors

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A newly enacted law gives New Mexico state government more power to crack down on tattoo parlors for licensing and health violations. Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation into law on Thursday allowing a state licensing board to issue orders immediately closing tattoo and body piercing studios as well as barber [&hellip...

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Feds arrest NM minister on child porn charges

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A licensed Albuquerque minister who worked with children was behind bars Thursday after federal investigators found more than 12,000 images of child pornography on his computer and other electronic equipment. Derek Schwartzrock, 34,...

Explosive device found at NM’s famous Blue Hole

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a...

Victim of Albuquerque-area fatal shooting ID’d

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department has issued an arrest warrant for a man believed to be involved in a fatal shooting. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Aaron Williamson says authorities are looking for 29-year-old...

Western comedy to bring more stars to NM

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane and Sarah Silverman will be among the stars in New Mexico for the filming of a new western comedy dubbed “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” The New Mexico Film Office says the production...

Governor signs bill lowering NM corporate taxes

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will lower taxes on corporations under an economic development measure signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, but the new law could lead to higher taxes on goods and services in larger cities and counties. The package...

Turner adds Sierra Grande lodge to NM properties

April 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Media mogul Ted Turner has added the historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa to the list of properties he owns in New Mexico. Officials with Turner Enterprises announced the purchase Thursday. The deal closed March 26, but...

Governor signs NM unemployment program revision

April 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure to shore up New Mexico’s unemployment compensation program was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez. A new system will be implemented in 2015 for automatically setting the tax rates paid by about 45,000...

NM governor signs sex offender registration bill

April 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that will require convicted sex offenders who move to New Mexico to register with authorities for the crimes they committed in other states. The governor said Wednesday the new law closes a...

Agency expects state aid increase for NM schools

April 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Education Department says state aid to school districts is increasing by the largest amount in five years. Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Wednesday the “unit value” next year for New...