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2 men accused in National Guard fraud case

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A sergeant with the New Mexico Army National Guard and his father-in-law are being accused of fraudulently obtaining recruiting bonuses. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/JTGykZ) Sgt. 1st Class Travis Nau of Albuquerque is facing one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud and three counts...

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5 face charges in killing of Navajo woman

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Five people are facing federal charges in connection with the murder of a woman who was stabbed repeatedly and left to die on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. Court records show Patrick Benally and Justin Benally, along...

PNM files plan for replacing lost coal-fired power

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s largest electric utility has a plan for replacing power that will be lost when it shutters two units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that’s long been a target for environmentalists. PNM...

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December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are considering whether to fix or replace a hulking machine that’s supposed to safely grind up and sterilize disease-infected animal carcasses. The two-story tissue digester has already cost the state...

Parts of NM get dusting of snow, rain

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of New Mexico are waking up to a dusting of snow, rain and frigid temperatures, but forecasters say the winter weather is expected to clear out by Sunday. The band of snow and rain moved across central New Mexico overnight...

NM business tapped to develop Native Food Hub

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials have reached an agreement with a New Mexico company to develop a plan for marketing produce grown by Native American farmers. Rural development officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they have...

NM to get federal grants for school meals

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is among several states that will share $11 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for improving the quality of school meals. The funding will help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving...

Albuquerque Museum to start preschool program

December 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The younger crowd is being targeted as part of the Albuquerque Museum’s latest campaign to share art with the community. Starting in January, the museum says it will be offering special gallery experiences for preschoolers....

NM reports jobless rate down slightly in November

December 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.4 percent last month. The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday the unemployment rate in November was down from 6.7 percent a year ago and down from 6.6 percent...

Official: Navajo Nation law on marriage stands

December 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe’s own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn’t affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. Deswood Tome,...