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Owens pleads not guilty in latest DWI case

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth has pleaded not guilty in a new drunken driving case. Scott Owens is facing a charge of aggravated DWI stemming from his arrest earlier this month by Santa [&hellip...

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NM seeking more Native American foster families

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico needs more Native Americans willing to serve as foster families. The governor made the appeal Wednesday at a forum with tribal leaders. New Mexicans willing to become foster families can contact the...

Ex-state regulator gets probation for felonies

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. avoided a lengthy prison sentence Wednesday as a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies. Block had faced up to 4½ years...

$10.2M settlement reached in NM coal waste lawsuit

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A two-year legal battle over the disposal of millions of tons of coal combustion waste in northwestern New Mexico is on the verge of being settled with a $10.2 million agreement announced Wednesday by the Sierra Club, a BHP Billiton...

Albuquerque police shootings spur downtown rally

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of community groups and family members of those shot and killed by Albuquerque police are protesting against recent officer-involved shootings. Around three dozen protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon at Albuquerque...

Police: UNM student died from apparent suicide

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has died from an apparent suicide at a University of New Mexico fraternity house. Authorities say Garrett James Elders was found dead Tuesday at the UNM Sigma Chi house. Fellow members discovered his body after he...

Nearly 50 fed inmates moved from Luna County jail

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 50 federal prisoners have been transferred out of the Luna County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico because of overcrowding concerns. KOTS-AM reports (http://bit.ly/GYAUdV) that 48 federal inmates were removed from the...

Texas senator tries to block dunes lizard listing

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. Cornyn on Wednesday filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation that would block the...

Albuquerque police union executives step down

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president and vice president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association resigned Tuesday in the wake of New Mexico activists calling for a federal probe into recent city police shootings. President Joey Sigala and Vice...

NM Investment Council member Doug Brown resigns

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Investment Council member Doug Brown has resigned, saying he no longer has the time to serve on the board overseeing management of New Mexico’s permanent funds valued at more than $15 billion. Brown is the dean of the...