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17 indicted for trafficking drugs in New Mexico

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 17 people have been indicted for trafficking drugs in New Mexico’s Lincoln and Otero counties. Federal authorities announced two indictments in the cases Friday after a 10-month undercover investigation. One indictment charges 16 people with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in...

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Agency picks former state official as interim CEO

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state budget director was named Friday to serve as interim CEO of the New Mexico Finance Authority as it copes with fallout from a forged audit that’s led to fraud arrests and investigations by state and federal...

New Mexico DPS police officer dies of heart attack

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says one of their motor transportation police officers has died after suffering a heart attack. DPS officials say 41-year-old Robert Potter died Thursday night at Memorial Medical Hospital....

Feds propose jaguar critical habitat in NM, Ariz.

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to designate more than 1,300 square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar. The largest cat native to the Western hemisphere, the jaguar was placed on the federal...

NM labor officials report decline in job growth

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say the state has lost 2,800 jobs over the past year. It marks the second consecutive month that over-the-year job growth has been negative. The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that job...

New Mexico revises Medicaid overhaul plan

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico’s population. The Human Services...

Teen in Santa Fe mall shooting to juvy detention

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe teenager who shot a rival 14 times at a local mall will spend the next three years in a high security juvenile detention facility. The teen was 16 when he stole a gun from his mother’s boyfriend and used it to kill...

Albuquerque police officer charged with battery

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges after video showed him using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced Thursday. Police Chief Ray Schultz said at a...

New Mexico court narrows scope of burglary law

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court is narrowing the reach of the law against burglary. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned burglary convictions in two cases, saying prosecutors and courts have gone too far in expanding the crimes...

Court reverses convictions in Roswell shooting

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has tossed out a Roswell man’s first-degree murder conviction in the shooting death of a woman in 2008 but has ordered a conviction of second-degree murder. The court on Thursday also reversed Julian...