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Police: 2 bodies found at Gallup church

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two bodies have been found at a Gallup church in what police are treating as a homicide investigation. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1bhtvo1) that the bodies of two men were discovered Sunday under the wheelchair ramp of the Native Bible Fellowship Church. Police found bodies after receiving a call...

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Auditor orders special review of special education

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Hector Balderas has ordered a special audit of potential funding problems for special education programs that could cause New Mexico to lose millions of dollars in federal money. Balderas told the Public Education...

New Mexico Medicaid overhauls wins approval

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Medicaid recipients will face co-pays for some treatments and have their medical services tracked as part of a program overhaul that is intended to lower the costs of providing health care, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration...

Storm expected to pose flash flooding risk in NM

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thunderstorm that’s forecast to bring heavy rainfall in New Mexico beginning on Sunday night is expected to pose a risk for flash flooding, especially in areas hard hit by wildfires. The National Weather Service says the...

Water deal aims to help grow riverside vegetation

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An agreement approved by the Elephant Butte Irrigation District lets farmers sell water rights so the water can be used to help grow riverside vegetation such as cottonwoods and Goodding’s willows. The Albuquerque Journal...

NM could lose some federal public defenders

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of federal public defenders in New Mexico could decline because of budget cuts in the coming year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1alUU5h) that the Office of the Federal Public Defender might have to lay off...

Carlsbad’s top seller still going strong

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — If Carlsbad had a best-seller list for books of local interest, a new publication at the Carlsbad Caverns bookstore would make a strong bid for the top spot. “On the Desert’s Edge,” by Dale Pate and Ronal Kerbo, first...

Police ID woman killed along Interstate 40

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating the death of a woman who was struck and killed along Interstate 40. Police identified the woman as 63-year-old Nancy Smith. They say she was driving east on the interstate Friday evening when she...

NM providers await decisions after funding cut

July 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will be next week before state officials make any more decisions on restoring funding to more than a dozen New Mexico providers of mental health and substance abuse services. A state audit last month said 15 New Mexico nonprofit...

New Mexico braces for more post-fire flooding

July 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters are calling for more thunderstorms to settle in over the burned mountainsides of New Mexico, prompting some communities to brace for flash flooding. The chance of storms dumping more moisture on the areas left bare by a series...