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Former NM lawmaker released from federal prison

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Democratic legislative leader who was convicted of conspiracy and mail fraud for his role in an Albuquerque courthouse fraud scandal was released from federal prison Thursday. Manny Aragon, 66, had been serving time in Colorado since June 2009, said federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross. Prison officials said...

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Chief: Man shot by police didn’t have gun

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man shot by Albuquerque police Sunday didn’t have a gun but was holding an object that officers and witnesses mistook for one, Police Chief Allen Banks said Thursday. Banks told reporters at a news conference four days...

Jury deliberating death penalty for Arizona inmate

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The jury considering the death penalty for an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple has adjourned until Monday. The federal panel began deliberating Thursday whether John McCluskey should be executed or...

NM Lottery Board hires interim CEO

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Lottery Board has voted to hire a former Arkansas lottery vice president to serve as the interim chief executive of the New Mexico Lottery. The board of directors announced the hiring of David Barden on Thursday. He...

AP files open records lawsuits against NM governor

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Associated Press filed lawsuits Thursday against Gov. Susana Martinez and administration agencies for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cell phone calls and expenses of the security officers who...

City Commission elects new mayor for Alamogordo

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Robert Rentschler has been selected as mayor of Alamogordo, possibly becoming the last one to be selected by the City Commission. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/19jGe4D ) reports that voters of the southern New Mexico city...

Albuquerque board refuses to send testing letters

December 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s school board has voted down a proposal to have the district send letters telling parents that they can have their children not take certain standardized tests. The board voted 5-2 on Wednesday against the...

Albuquerque may revive police retention bonuses

December 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Keeping experience in the ranks of Albuquerque’s police force and keeping those ranks full is the goal of a proposal to revive retention bonuses for officers eligible for retirement. According to the Albuquerque Journal...

Questions loom after Albuquerque police shooting

December 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three days after a suspect was shot by Albuquerque police, questions remain over whether he was armed as originally reported, and the department has provided few answers. Shaine Sherrill was shot Sunday by at least two Albuquerque...

Man pleads guilty to murder in car chase

December 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges for chasing several men and shooting two of them, including one fatally, after his car was vandalized. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/19gRVZ reports that...