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Audit didn’t uncover NM mental health fraud

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is standing behind a decision to suspend payments to behavioral health providers because of allegations of fraud and overbillings. Newly released portions of a state-commissioned audit said the audit “did not uncover what it would consider to be credible allegations of fraud, nor any...

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Police ID man found dead near Rail Runner tracks

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was hit and killed by the Rail Runner commuter train as it was headed northbound through Bernalillo on Saturday. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/16o3d2J) Joseph Sandoval Jr. of Torreon was visiting...

Court won’t immediately decide gay marriage case

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court says it won’t issue an immediate decision in a case that could decide whether gay marriage is legal statewide. The state Supreme Court will hear two hours of arguments from lawyers in the case on...

New sentence ordered for farmer in $25M tax case

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico farmer and businessman could face more time in prison because a federal appeals court on Monday tossed out his five-year sentence for failing to pay more than $25 million in federal taxes and fraudulently...

New sentence ordered for farmer in $25M tax case

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico farmer and businessman could face more time in prison because a federal appeals court on Monday tossed out his five-year sentence for failing to pay more than $25 million in federal taxes and fraudulently...

Tuesday marks 100th anniversary of mine disaster

October 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There’s little left of Dawson except for building foundations and a dusty cemetery, but the former mining town in northeastern New Mexico lives on in history books. Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the Dawson coal mine...

NM plant mulled bankruptcy long before Oct. filing

October 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year reportedly was preparing for the possibility of filing for bankruptcy for months. Sunland Inc. filed Oct. 9 under Chapter 7 of the...

Body found near Rail Runner tracks in Bernalillo

October 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a person lying near the Rail Runner tracks in Bernalillo was killed after apparently being hit by a northbound train on Saturday. Officials say the engineer had seen somebody lying near the tracks but that the body...

Las Cruces to sue state agency over tax rejection

October 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces intends to sue a state agency over its rejection of a planned increase in the southern New Mexico city’s sales tax. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1eBVmhV ) reports that Mayor Ken Miyagishima disclosed the...

Donors give more to officials’ PACs than parties

October 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s major political parties find themselves lagging in fundraising behind committees run by individual elected officials. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee raised $313,000 during the...