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NM man accused of causing girl’s drinking death

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say a Beclabito man is accused of causing the death of a juvenile girl by serving her alcohol. Stanford Benally made his initial appearance Wednesday in Albuquerque federal court. A two-count indictment charges him with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. The 41-year-old Benally was...

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Purple violin causes controversy in classroom

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (1)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — When it comes to fiddling around, the classic wooden body seems to be preferred in the orchestra class at Farmington’s Tibbetts Middle School. Camille Cruz was told that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra...

Defense contractor relocating to Albuquerque

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Defense contractor Air USA is moving is corporate headquarters to New Mexico. Company officials joined Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry Wednesday to announce they are moving from Quincy, Ill., to Albuquerque. The company...

Census: Poverty rate up in NM

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. The poverty rate in New Mexico was 20.2 percent in 2010-2011 compared with 18.8...

UNM Cancer Center computer hacked

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say hackers who attacked a University of New Mexico Cancer Center computer may have accessed personal information for up to 2,365 people, possibly including Social Security numbers. UNM Health Sciences Center officials...

‘Zozobra’ event facing heat over tickets, music

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is facing heat for its hosting of this year’s Zozobra burning. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/TSWQLq) that the group is facing criticism over everything from ticket prices to the music...

Poll: Gov. Martinez has 69 percent approval rating

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Just days after speaking at the Republican National Convention, Gov. Susana Martinez has earned a strong approval rating among New Mexico voters. A poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/PaA2E1 ) found that 69...

Ford’s board may consider CEO succession Thursday

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.’s board of directors is meeting Thursday and CEO succession could be on the agenda. The directors are close to promoting Mark Fields to chief operating officer, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source. The...

Gov names GOP lawyer to Bernalillo County post

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Albuquerque lawyer Simon Kubiak to the Bernalillo County Commission. Kubiak, a Republican, succeeds Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, who resigned to focus on her congressional campaign. He will serve...

Albuquerque police chief gives department “A”

September 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz says he gives his department a grade of “A” for instituting a number of new reforms following a jump in officer-involved shootings in 2010. Schultz told reporters Tuesday that...