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Feds propose jaguar critical habitat in NM, Ariz.

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to designate more than 1,300 square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar. The largest cat native to the Western hemisphere, the jaguar was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1997. The cats were thought to have been eliminated [&hellip...

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NM labor officials report decline in job growth

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say the state has lost 2,800 jobs over the past year. It marks the second consecutive month that over-the-year job growth has been negative. The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that job...

New Mexico revises Medicaid overhaul plan

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico’s population. The Human Services...

Teen in Santa Fe mall shooting to juvy detention

August 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe teenager who shot a rival 14 times at a local mall will spend the next three years in a high security juvenile detention facility. The teen was 16 when he stole a gun from his mother’s boyfriend and used it to kill...

Albuquerque police officer charged with battery

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges after video showed him using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced Thursday. Police Chief Ray Schultz said at a...

New Mexico court narrows scope of burglary law

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court is narrowing the reach of the law against burglary. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned burglary convictions in two cases, saying prosecutors and courts have gone too far in expanding the crimes...

Court reverses convictions in Roswell shooting

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has tossed out a Roswell man’s first-degree murder conviction in the shooting death of a woman in 2008 but has ordered a conviction of second-degree murder. The court on Thursday also reversed Julian...

Fake audit raises questions of NMFA oversight

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For 18 months after Gov. Susana Martinez took office, two of her cabinet secretaries never personally attended a meeting of the New Mexico Finance Authority but sent staffers to represent them as the authority’s governing board...

West Mesa killing probe aids police on other cases

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to solve serial killings in West Mesa have led police to evidence in other cold cases Authorities said new tips generated in the case led investigators to link a slew of results from rape test kits to a serial rapist who...

Martinez finds new spot to post workers' salaries

August 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has begun posting the names and salaries of classified state employees at a new online location after a judge ruled last month that she remove the names from the online New Mexico Sunshine Portal. Martinez added...