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Driver faces charges in wrong-way accident on I-25

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 52-year-old Santa Fe man is accused of driving while intoxicated in connection with a wrong-way accident on Interstate 25. Northbound I-25 reopened Thursday morning after being closed for hours after the Wednesday night wreck at St. Francis Road. Police identified the wrong-way driver as Joe Wayne Salazar. They say [&hellip...

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Senior NM behavioral health official resigns

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A senior state official who was involved in the replacement of New Mexico behavioral health services providers whose Medicaid funding was suspended is stepping down. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/19A9c47 ) reports that...

UNM’s El Centro de la Raza gets new director

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico’s center that provides services and programming for Latino students has a new director. Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres announced Wednesday that Rosa Isela Cervantes has been named...

NM MainStreet projects to share $122K in grants

December 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The effort to revitalize some of New Mexico’s traditional town centers is getting a boost thanks to $122,000 in grants. The funding for the state’s MainStreet program was announced Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez and...

Fire destroys flamenco studio in NM; Cause unknown

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flamenco studio in downtown Albuquerque has been destroyed in a fire and authorities say the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Fire crews responded to the scene just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Institute of...

New Mexico campaign spending limits overturned

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will be prohibited from imposing limitations on certain campaign contributions and spending under a ruling filed Wednesday by a federal appeals court. The 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver backed up a lower...

Commission approves PNM’s renewable energy plan

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators have approved a plan by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to build three more solar power plants next year and add more wind-generated power in 2015. The plan approved Wednesday by the state Public...

Lawsuit: woman faced illegal body cavity search

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal...

Fort Sill Apache sue governor for recognition

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that has been fighting for years to open a casino on homelands in New Mexico is suing Gov. Susana Martinez to force her to recognize its status in New Mexico. The tribe was granted federal reservation...

Plane that crashed at Los Alamos had just turned

December 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say a small plane that crashed after takeoff from the Los Alamos airport had just made a sharp turn before it went down the morning of Dec. 8. The crash in a ravine near the airport destroyed the plane and killed both...