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NM overhauling state insurance regulation

November 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico prepares to enroll tens of thousands of people into health plans, the state is revamping the government regulator that oversees insurance prices and policies. Under a constitutional change approved by voters this month, the regulation of insurance companies will no longer be a responsibility of the five-member [&hellip...

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Navajo rug stolen from Santa Fe-area resort

November 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies are pursuing a “slew of leads” in the disappearance of a valuable Navajo wall rug from a Santa Fe-area resort. The rug measuring 6-feet by 10-feet disappeared this week from Bishop’s Lodge...

Portales plant in peanut butter recall to reopen

November 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A Portales company whose peanut processing plant was linked to a national salmonella outbreak is working to restart operations. Sunland Inc. Katalin Coburn tells the Portales News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/Tms6m4) the firm’s board...

Albuquerque police seek strip club shooter

November 25, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man shot outside a strip club while smoking a cigarette has non-life threatening injuries. Police spokesman officer Danny Padilla says in a statement that the wounded man was apparently an innocent...

Authorities: Marijuana growers using solar power

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Illegal marijuana growers are increasingly using solar power to operate large-scale operations in an attempt to remain off the grid and avoid detection from law enforcement agents, authorities said. In isolated regions of the...

Trolley shuttles revelers around UNM

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The tiger-striped bus pulled up to the quiet neighborhood around 10:30 p.m., its internal sound system already piping a techno-beat clamor. A dozen costumed adults — some already knee-deep in the night’s birthday-party...

Ex-Sunland Park mayor candidate still eyes appeal

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A former mayoral candidate in a troubled New Mexico border town plagued by voter fraud and a secret topless dance video is still fighting to overturn election results eight months later. KVIA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/QzSryN) that...

Study: Mountain home boom affects NM plague cases

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The construction of rustic homes in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County has led to a shift in the location of plague cases in New Mexico, according to a new study. The study co-authored by state public...

Lawsuit: NM bar bouncers target American Indians

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who was beaten allegedly by several bouncers at a violent Farmington nightclub is suing the bar over claims that its bouncers have a pattern of assaulting American Indians. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Police: NM mom let underage son drive drunk

November 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mother is facing child abuse charges after Albuquerque police say she let her underage son get drunk then get behind the wheel. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/UxsL2X) that Lolita Kellywood was arrested this week after her son...