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Day 1 of deliberations ends in ex-officer’s trial

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors ended their first day of deliberations on Monday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife, after hearing weeks of salacious testimony about his affairs with co-workers. The jury of nine women and three men in Sandoval County will [&hellip...

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NM jury finds suspect not guilty in 2007 homicides

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A San Miguel County jury has acquitted a man in the killings of two people in Las Vegas in 2007. Jurors on Monday also found Eric Vigil not guilty of robbery, evidence tampering and two counts of conspiracy. The Las Vegas Optic...

Flash flooding, mudslides close a road in Pecos

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Flash flooding and mudslides have shut down a portion of State Road 63 in Pecos. New Mexico State Police say the closure is from mile post 15 northbound. They say the flash flooding and mudslides are presenting dangerous driving...

Suspect arrested in shooting of a Las Cruces man

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a Las Cruces man. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say 21-year-old Corey Lee Willis remains in the county Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond....

Police: 2 bodies found at Gallup church

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two bodies have been found at a Gallup church in what police are treating as a homicide investigation. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1bhtvo1) that the bodies of two men were discovered Sunday under the...

Auditor orders special review of special education

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Hector Balderas has ordered a special audit of potential funding problems for special education programs that could cause New Mexico to lose millions of dollars in federal money. Balderas told the Public Education...

New Mexico Medicaid overhauls wins approval

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Medicaid recipients will face co-pays for some treatments and have their medical services tracked as part of a program overhaul that is intended to lower the costs of providing health care, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration...

Storm expected to pose flash flooding risk in NM

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thunderstorm that’s forecast to bring heavy rainfall in New Mexico beginning on Sunday night is expected to pose a risk for flash flooding, especially in areas hard hit by wildfires. The National Weather Service says the...

Water deal aims to help grow riverside vegetation

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An agreement approved by the Elephant Butte Irrigation District lets farmers sell water rights so the water can be used to help grow riverside vegetation such as cottonwoods and Goodding’s willows. The Albuquerque Journal...

NM could lose some federal public defenders

July 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of federal public defenders in New Mexico could decline because of budget cuts in the coming year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1alUU5h) that the Office of the Federal Public Defender might have to lay off...