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Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Chavez takes DC lobbying job

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez has been hired by a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm. Ibarra Strategy Group announced Tuesday that Chavez recently was hired to assist with “business development and strategic advice.” Chavez served as mayor of New Mexico’s largest city for three terms before being...

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NM man pleads guilty in a drug trafficking case

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing at least a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Homero Varela entered his plea Tuesday. They say the plea...

Albuquerque man sentenced to prison for child porn

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that 26-year-old Christopher Daves received a 46-month prison term to be...

NM man gets 8-year prison term in firearms case

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing a stolen firearm and ammunition. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Charles Brown also was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release after serving...

Police substation remains unused most of the time

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A half-million-dollar police station paid for by San Juan County taxpayers for use by the Navajo Nation has been little more than a temporary rest stop. The building near Huerfano, about 30 miles south of Bloomfield near U.S. 550,...

NM grad rate jumps after exit exam reprieve

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

Gov. Susana Martinez, center left, and education secretary Hanna Skandera, center right, reveal the latest graduation rates at a news conference Thursday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2013 at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. New Mexico’s four-year high...

Gun restrictions go before NM legislative panel

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature joined a national debate over gun violence Monday as lawmakers considered a proposal to require criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers, including at gun shows. The House...

‘Breaking Bad’ filming in downtown Albuquerque

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews are in downtown Albuquerque to begin filming the fifth and final season of the popular television show “Breaking Bad.” KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/WJJK31) reports that filming is scheduled Tuesday in Civic Plaza and in...

NM House OKs bill to expand Amber Alert system

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to broaden a state warning system for finding abducted children. The House approved a measure on Monday to expand the Amber Alert system to include...

Democrats propose lifting film subsidy cap in NM

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fight is brewing between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over whether New Mexico should offer more tax subsidies for film production. House and Senate Democratic legislative leaders said...