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Prof says police put him in danger to make arrest

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University faculty member says Las Cruces police needlessly put him in danger by allowing a taxi cab driver sought in a shooting to pick him up as a fare before officers stopped the cab and arrested the driver at gunpoint. Daniel Vega-Albela, an assistant professor of [&hellip...

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NM judge accused of misbehavior agrees to resign

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico judge has agreed to resign amid allegations of misbehavior involving his wife, a worker in the court, the state Judicial Standards Commission announced. District Judge Eugenio S. Mathis, of Las Vegas, agreed...

House approves tapping into permanent fund

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public education could receive hundreds of millions of additional dollars in the future under a measure approved by the House. The proposed constitutional amendment allows voters to decide whether to prevent a drop in the yearly...

Health exchange bill runs into trouble in House

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure to establish a state-operated health insurance exchange stumbled in the House on Thursday after critics objected that the proposal would overly regulate medical coverage plans offered to consumers. The bill initially failed...

Body recovered from Rio Grande near Bernardo

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNARDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have recovered a human body from the Rio Grande near Bernardo in Socorro County. No information is available on the age or gender of the person but State Police say investigators are treating the case as a...

Judge declares mistrial in Alamogordo murder case

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial in an Alamogordo murder case because the prosecution didn’t provide the defense with a ballistics report until the night before the trial was to begin. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/Xd3uim...

Man allegedly bites off tip of finger during fight

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is accused of striking his girlfriend and biting off a fingertip of the girlfriend’s brother during a fight that occurred before the man ran off and was hit by a vehicle. According to police, the fight...

Cantu to be installed as Las Cruces diocese bishop

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Rev. Oscar Cantu is scheduled to be installed as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/VdOAIN) that the 46-year-old Houston-native will be installed Thursday and will become only the...

USDA designates 12 NM counties for drought help

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 New Mexico counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The counties are Bernalillo, Grant, Luna, Sierra, Catron, Hidalgo,...

Brothers accused of attacking Las Cruces policeman

February 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers suspected of attacking a Las Cruces police officer investigating a possible domestic disturbance are in custody. Police say 30-year-old Rafael Torrez and 26-year-old Israel Torrez are being held on suspicion of battery...