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2 dead, 2 injured in Four Corners crash

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FRUITLAND, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash in northwestern New Mexico that killed two people and injured two others, including an infant. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Beth Utley says the crash happened before dawn Friday when a pickup truck heading east crossed the U.S. 64 median and struck an SUV that...

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NM delegation to push for expanding WIPP mission

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A delegation of Eddy County government officials is headed to Washington, D.C., to build support for a proposal that would expand the mission of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Carlsbad...

Peanut butter plant can resume limited operations

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge is allowing an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy...

Former NM lawmaker released from federal prison

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Democratic legislative leader who was convicted of conspiracy and mail fraud for his role in an Albuquerque courthouse fraud scandal was released from federal prison Thursday. Manny Aragon, 66, had been serving time in...

Chief: Man shot by police didn’t have gun

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man shot by Albuquerque police Sunday didn’t have a gun but was holding an object that officers and witnesses mistook for one, Police Chief Allen Banks said Thursday. Banks told reporters at a news conference four days...

Jury deliberating death penalty for Arizona inmate

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The jury considering the death penalty for an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple has adjourned until Monday. The federal panel began deliberating Thursday whether John McCluskey should be executed or...

NM Lottery Board hires interim CEO

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Lottery Board has voted to hire a former Arkansas lottery vice president to serve as the interim chief executive of the New Mexico Lottery. The board of directors announced the hiring of David Barden on Thursday. He...

AP files open records lawsuits against NM governor

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Associated Press filed lawsuits Thursday against Gov. Susana Martinez and administration agencies for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cell phone calls and expenses of the security officers who...

City Commission elects new mayor for Alamogordo

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Robert Rentschler has been selected as mayor of Alamogordo, possibly becoming the last one to be selected by the City Commission. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/19jGe4D ) reports that voters of the southern New Mexico city...

Albuquerque board refuses to send testing letters

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s school board has voted down a proposal to have the district send letters telling parents that they can have their children not take certain standardized tests. The board voted 5-2 on Wednesday against the...