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Rio Grande neighborhood riled by closures

September 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Josi Rivera, 72, and her neighbors live on the wrong side of the Rio Grande. It’s a circumstance that’s caused them headaches for years. Because of it, they don’t have landline phone service. The postal service doesn’t deliver. And no school buses drop by every day to pick up the [&hellip...

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DWI driver enters state fair parade, hits marchers

September 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a drunken driver who drove into the state fair parade hit two marchers before being stopped. Police spokesman Sgt. Ferris Simmons says a side mirror hit a 17-year-old girl and another young woman’s foot...

NM not likely to collect sales taxes from Amazon

September 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has little chance of cashing in on a windfall of tax revenue from Internet sales giant Amazon despite other states’ success in getting the company to collect sales taxes, a tax expert says. Unless Congress acts to...

Downs at Albuquerque cutting top race schedule

September 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Downs at Albuquerque is citing shrinking casino revenues and a nosedive in its live betting revenues as the reason it is cutting six major state races from its fall schedule. A downward revenue trend has been ongoing since July,...

Lea County jail on lockdown after contraband found

September 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The discovery of contraband that could be used as a weapon or in an escape has prompted officials to lock down the Lea County Correctional Facility. The New Mexico Corrections Department says the jail in Lovington will be in lockdown...

NM guard soldiers come under attack in Egypt

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico National Guard soldiers are serving alongside other U.S. and coalition military troops trying to quell the violence in northern Egypt. Fury over an anti-Islam film in the Internet has led to clashes...

NM residents cry foul over forest travel decision

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator and a coalition of rural residents from northern New Mexico are fighting a decision by the Santa Fe National Forest to allow four-wheelers and other backcountry vehicles on Glorieta Mesa, an area where Hispanics have...

Albuquerque startup adds electric jolt to bikes

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Clint Wilsey rides his patent pending commuter bike that can go 45 mph and up to 30 miles on a single charge, in Old Town Thursday Aug. 30, 2012. Albuquerque, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto E. Rosales) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Clint...

Poll: Many NM voters back Medicaid expansion

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than half of New Mexico voters surveyed in a statewide poll support expansion of the state’s Medicaid rolls to cover 170,000 low-income residents, according to the survey commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal. The poll...

1 of 4 suspects in Las Cruces shooting guilty

September 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A young Las Cruces man charged in the shooting death of a Vietnam veteran during what prosecutors say was a botched attempt at revenge has pleaded guilty. Aaron Valdivia pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and three other charges...