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Prisoner in Los Lunas dies, cause to be determined

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Los Lunas has died. The Albuquerque Journal quotes (http://bit.ly/X1aI4f) officials as saying that prisoner William Owens was being treated for a serious medical condition. The cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Investigator. A year ago, Owens began serving [&hellip...

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NM’s bankruptcy filings fell for 2nd straight year

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico decreased in 2012 for the second straight year. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/X2Mdp3) that the state saw a 15 percent drop in filings from 5,674 in 2011 to 4,811 in 2012. The 2012...

NM improves data compilation for background checks

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s effort to provide mental-health records for a federal database used in background checks for gun buyers had been lacking until about 18 months ago. New Mexico is one of three dozen states that rely on the FBI to...

State: 7 in 10 NM births paid for by Medicaid

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid, according to a recent state analysis. The study by the state Legislative Finance Committee showed 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in the state during 2010 were...

NM gun show attendance could double amid new laws

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at a southeastern New Mexico gun show scheduled this weekend is expected to double as gun owners race to purchase assault weapons that soon could be banned. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/V4wkyU) that...

Significant snowfall expected to hit northern NM

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of northern New Mexico are under a winter weather warning until early Sunday. The National Weather Service says that the state’s northern mountains could see significant wet snowfall through Saturday evening. The San...

Zuni Pueblo gets USDA grant for homes

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ZUNI PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The Zuni Housing Authority will build 12 new homes thanks to a new federal grant. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR) that ZHA director Mike Chavez said Friday that the pueblo has been approved for a $279,000 grant...

Unmark graves found during Alamogordo survey

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a below-ground survey near an Alamogordo cemetery is showing evidence of unmarked graves. Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/WZyWgQ) that Assistant City Manager Matt McNeile said this week that...

Proposed Mexico-NM rail sparking hopes

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Border boosters are hoping that a new Union Pacific Railroad rail yard and fueling station in Santa Teresa will persuade Mexico’s federal government to approve a project connecting train tracks from Mexico’s interior to...

Martinez makes 2 cabinet appointments

January 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped Retta Ward to lead the state health department. The governor made the announcement Friday. Ward has been serving as secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department since February 2011....