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NM horse abuse case unraveled over evidence

December 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The case against a Los Lunas feedlot operator unraveled when a paid expert veterinarian was unable to say several dying horses were victims of abuse. According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1eVCpaG ), prosecutors also couldn’t prove that Dennis V. Chavez had control of the emaciated animals for a long time or...

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NM city continues to seize vehicles despite ruling

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s city attorney says the city can continue seizing vehicles of suspected drunken drivers because a New Mexico Supreme Court order applied to only one case. In its order last week, the Supreme Court refused to...

NM police chief to meet Taos leaders over shooting

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas will meet with some Taos residents over a case involving an officer shooting at a minivan with a mom and five children inside, the department announced. Kassetas will meet privately with...

Girl pleads guilty to murder in foster mom’s death

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — One of two teenage girls accused of killing their foster mother in 2011 faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree felony murder. Alexis Shields, 17, entered her plea Monday in state District Court under an...

Work proposed for border port in southwestern NM

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. port of entry in a southwestern New Mexico city may be reconfigured to make it safer for children crossing the international border to attend school in the United States. A $350,000 proposal by the New Mexico Border Authority...

Santa Fe Community College board fires president

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College’s president has been fired, and her lawyers say she’ll sue. The governing board voted 3-2 Monday night to oust Ana “Cha” Guzman from her $180,000-a-year position. The board’s...

General Dynamics adding jobs on Las Cruces

December 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — General Dynamics Information Technology is expanding in Las Cruces. Gov. Susana Martinez announced the company is adding 200 jobs and 20,000 square feet to its Las Cruces operations. Martinez says the IT systems contractor for the...

Lawmakers told NM needs 160K jobs over next decade

December 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A report to lawmakers says New Mexico needs to create about 16,000 jobs annually over the next decade to keep pace with population growth, reduce unemployment and offset future jobs losses if the state wants to return to 2007...

Border Patrol seizes $160K in marijuana

December 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized nearly $160,000 worth of marijuana in two separate drug busts over the holiday weekend in southern New Mexico. In the first case, Deming agents followed footsteps through the desert that led to...

Pipe bombs prompt authorities to form task force

December 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from across the state have stepped up efforts to find a suspect who threw two pipe bombs at an Albuquerque probation and parole office last month. Officials with New Mexico State Police, the state Department...