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Board places NM Finance Authority CEO on leave

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority on Thursday suspended its top executives, including one who has been arrested for fraud and other charges, while an investigation is under way of how the agency’s financial audit was falsified. The authority’s governing board placed Chief Executive Officer Rick May on administrative leave...

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25 indicted in connection to NM drug ring

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say that 25 people have been indicted in connection to a drug trafficking ring in San Miguel County. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Thursday the indictments and said they come after a 10-month, Drug...

NM detainee dies after attempt to swallow cocaine

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has died after choking on a bag of cocaine he tried to swallow while being booked on drug trafficking charges. Dona Ana County spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says 57-year-old Hermilio Salcedo died Sunday at a local...

Officials: Pregnant NM teen was not humiliated

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — School officials at a boarding school run by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs are denying that they kicked out then humiliated a 15-year-old Navajo girl over her pregnancy. Court papers recently filed said that middle school...

NM Finance Authority exec, ex-controller arrested

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The current chief operating officer and a former controller at the New Mexico Finance Authority were arrested Wednesday on charges of state securities violations related to a fake audit that made the agency’s revenue look...

Homeland Security wants to extend NM border zone

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is eyeing a plan to extend the border zone in New Mexico by 30 miles to allow some Mexican nationals to visit deeper into the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced...

Man tapped as Taos police chief won't accept job

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The man selected to become the chief of police in Taos will not accept the job. Taos Mayor Darren Cordova said Wednesday that Scott Peters’ decision came because of unforeseen issues concerning his family. Cordova says it has nothing...

Vandalism delays opening of Clovis cosmetics plant

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Vandalism has pushed back the opening date of a cosmetics plant in Clovis. Drew Martin is the director of operations for Beauty Health and Science Innovations. He tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/Qfk0X6 ) that the building...

Man gets 10 years in fatal drunken driving crash

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, stemming from a fatal drunken driving crash. Vincent Paul Francis pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, 45-year-old Shannon...

Los Alamos lab exceeds record for waste shipments

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory says it has shipped a record amount of radioactive waste to a southeastern New Mexico facility for disposal. The fiscal year goal is 184 shipments, but the lab is on track to make 200 shipments to the...