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Feds: Ex-NM Goodwill worker pocketed thousands

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former employee with Goodwill’s New Mexico office is facing federal charges of embezzling thousands of dollars. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Wednesday that Francis Louis Carrillo was arraigned this week on a six-count indictment for stealing federal funds designed for affordable housing and for vocational...

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Police release 911 audio in boxer Tapia’s death

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 call made from boxer Johnny Tapia’s Albuquerque home reveals the moments when his family members realize he is beyond help. Police released audio Tuesday in which Tapia’s wife, Teresa, can be heard pleading for...

Health insurance rate hike to take effect in NM

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed raise to monthly premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in New Mexico has become official. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/NdsnmQ ) reports State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini approved the 6.9...

NM man sentenced for role in highway deaths

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. The Farmington Daily Times (bit.ly/JUMceT) reports 35-year-old Howard...

NMSU professor gets NEH grant to study ‘happiness’

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University philosophy professor has received a federal grant to explore happiness. NMSU announced Tuesday that Mark Walker will explore the nature of happiness thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the...

Construction closing Rio Grande gorge bridge

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says a construction project is forcing the nighttime closure of a bridge over the Rio Grande gorge near Taos. The bridge will be closed in both directions Wednesday night starting at 10:30 p.m. and...

Santa Fe couple bring rescued Serbian dogs to US

May 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this May 25, 2012, photo, Jessica, one of two Serbian refugee dogs up for adoption, plays at a dog park next to Salvado Perez Pool in Santa Fe, N.M. Mary Shepherd, who is fostering Jessica, became involved with the dogs after befriending the woman who...

Gov. Martinez fundraising in California

May 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is raising money in California for her political committees. Political adviser Jay McCleskey said Tuesday the governor is attending private fundraisers in the Los Angeles area for her re-election...

Theater’s conviction upheld for showing adult film

May 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a movie theater’s conviction for violating an Albuquerque ordinance that restricts where adult films can be shown. The court issued a split decision Tuesday, with the majority deciding the...

Sunport to get more solar power

May 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says Albuquerque Sunport will be getting more solar panels to power elevators, lights and offices at the airport. Berry on Tuesday unveiled the final phase of a solar project for the airport, which...