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3 Polish men are accused of driver’s license fraud

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three illegal immigrants from Poland are facing felony charges for allegedly trying to fraudulently obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Authorities say Piotr Pietrusiak, Kamil Cieszynski, and Lukasz Tutak came to New Mexico from Illinois to try to obtain a driver’s license after hearing that it was easy....

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Udall presents 5 medals to NM veteran

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been more than six decades, but New Mexico veteran Wilson Halona is finally being recognized for his service during World War II. Halona, a native of Tohatchi, received five military medals Tuesday from U.S. Sen. Tom...

Border officials find pests in pepper shipments

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Inspectors working border crossings in southern New Mexico and West Texas have discovered two types of agricultural pests in separate shipments of red peppers from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say last week...

Jobless rate drops slightly in New Mexico

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 6.3 percent for October, but state labor officials say the job growth rate remains negative. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the negative 0.7...

ACLU to push ‘teen maternity leave’ in New Mexico

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is vowing to push for a new state law that would give pregnant teenagers maternity leave from school. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SJPPtp ) the group plans to support the proposal...

Police: NM son, dad in steak knife, machete fight

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a fight between a man and his father involving a steak knife and a machete at an Albuquerque home has landed the father on life support. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/S8MvuX) that Andrew Coppler was arrested Monday on...

NM senate majority leader won’t seek top spot

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he has decided not to seek the chamber’s top job, president pro tempore. The Belen Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal on Monday (http://bit.ly/WsYkiA) that he is happy in his current...

Santa Fe woman pleads guilty in 2011 jail attack

November 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman accused of working with two other Santa Fe County jail inmates to sexually assault another inmate while looking for drugs has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 months for the attack. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Police identify remains found at NM lake

November 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have identified human remains found near Brantley Lake as those of a missing Roswell man. The remains of Eric Ahlskog were found last week by hikers in an area known as Champion Bay. State police spokesman Lt....

Forecasters: NM chances slim for winter moisture

November 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter. It’s early, but officials said the state is already...