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Autopsy: Accidental choking caused inmate’s death

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy concludes that the death of a man who tried to swallow a bag of cocaine this summer at the Dona Ana County Detention Center was caused by accidental choking. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/TvFoPu) that the autopsy conclusions are consistent with earlier findings by authorities. Hermilo C. [&hellip...

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Navajo Nation president expected to sign tax bill

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe’s sales tax by 1 percent. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/RuKfM4) that the Navajo Nation Council passed the...

Ex-Navajo Nation officer sentenced in abuse case

October 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A former detention officer with the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Detention Center was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his conviction for sexually assaulting an inmate. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

NM court reverses convictions in double killing

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder convictions of a Santa Fe man for killing his pregnant teenage girlfriend and her father in 2009. The court on Monday ordered a new trial for Marino Leyba Jr., who was sentenced to at...

NM voter registration up 5% since 2008 election

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter registration in New Mexico has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election, and independent voters have grown the fastest, state election officials reported Monday. Nearly 1.3 million people are registered and...

NM court reinstates religious leader’s convictions

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court on Monday reinstated the convictions of religious group leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers but more appeals remain in the case. The state Supreme Court reversed the Court of...

NM man gets 50-year prison sentence in rape case

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Pinedale man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping a wheelchair-bound teenage girl in 2010. A federal judge in Santa Fe sentenced 37-year-old Stanton Begay on Monday. He was convicted in May after a...

Millions of acres sought to help save jaguars

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has proposed that federal officials set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico to aid efforts to save endangered jaguars. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently...

Lab to provide technical help for Navajo energy

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories has extended an agreement with the Navajo Nation to provide technical assistance as the tribe seeks to develop its energy resources. The agreement announced Friday continued the cooperative relationship...

Lovelace Health Plan sues medical group

October 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lovelace Health Plan has filed a lawsuit in a bid to stop a medical group from trying to get its patients to switch insurance companies. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TCiT5p) that Lovelace accuses the 184-physician...