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Report faults NM police, sheriffs on profiling

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A large majority of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico aren’t in compliance with a state law intended to combat racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday by civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy organization. The report said less than a quarter of all agencies surveyed were in compliance [&hellip...

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Groups offer cleanup in NM wildfire destruction

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Debris from nearly half of the homes burned in a southern New Mexico wildfire has been cleared up and taken to a landfill. But officials in Lincoln County say some part-time residents whose homes were damaged still aren’t on a...

Troubled NM border city doubles property tax

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in a troubled New Mexico border city have doubled the property tax and are looking into layoffs and closing a senior citizens center and library. Sunland Park faces a nearly $2 million budget deficit that some City...

Feds plan environmental study of NM power plant

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The federal government says it will study the environmental impacts of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it. Environmental groups had pushed the U.S. Department of Interior to prepare an environmental...

Mayor Berry launches anti-drug campaign

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and the head of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association are launching a public service campaign to combat prescription drug abuse. Berry and Dr. Jeremy Gleeson are holding a news conference next...

Director of Santa Fe Folk Art Market to retire

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A woman who co-founded the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is retiring after serving five years as executive director. Charlene Cerny says she’ll become a volunteer once again in September. The market now in its ninth year...

Regulator warns fraud is broader than faked audit

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top security regulator said Wednesday that potential fraud within a state financing authority extended beyond a faked financial audit that has national credit rating agencies considering whether to downgrade the...

3 face charges in Albuquerque gas station shooting

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say the third suspect in a robbery and fatal shooting at an Albuquerque convenience store and gas station now is in custody. They say 22-year-old Eloy Aguilar was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say an...

Man hospitalized after bee swarm in Las Cruces

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An employee of a tree removal business is hospitalized after being stung multiple times by a large swarm of bees in downtown Las Cruces. City fire officials say the 52-year-old man scaled a large cottonwood as he and three other...

Wilson team says tough campaign will hurt Heinrich

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Wilson is used to close calls. During her five terms in Congress, she represented a left-leaning district that national Democrats routinely placed at the top of their list of potential takeovers. The former GOP lawmaker and her...