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NM governor signs state budget, vetoes $2M

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers. Although she signed the measure into law, the governor cut about $2 million of general state money,...

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Explosives recovered inside a Farmington house

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two people are behind bars after San Juan County officials recovered explosives inside a northwest New Mexico home. Farmington police tell KOB-TV they got a tip that a couple had what was described as a bomb inside their home....

15 charged with trafficking meth in Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 15 people have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine in the Albuquerque area. The indictments were announced Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement...

State slaps fines on private prison operators

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state has fined a pair of private prison operators for what it said were lax operations at two facilities. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/AdnBpR ) reports the state correction’s agency fined Florida-based GEO Group...

Sony Pictures pulling out of downtown Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing its downtown Albuquerque studio this July when the company’s lease expires. Sony spokesman Don Levy declined to discuss reasons for the closure, but said the nearly 60 workers at the studio...

NM court denies request for stay in emissions case

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday denied a request by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico to delay pollution control requirements from taking effect at a coal-fired power plant in...

Albuquerque man says he registered dog to vote

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who went on Albuquerque television anonymously to say he was able to register his dog to vote has been outed as the husband of a campaign worker for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson. Thomas Tolbert admitted in...

I-40 in eastern New Mexico reopens after fire

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Traffic is flowing again along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico after a wind-whipped fire forced the closure of the roadway for about two hours. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the Cuervo Fire started at 1 p.m....

Slots machines in NM raked in nearly $1B last year

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tribal casinos and state-licensed racinos raked in nearly $1 billion from their slot machines last year. The latest numbers from regulators show the state’s gambling parlors reported $973.8 million in...

NM border city election cancellation considered

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Upcoming elections for a troubled border city where three employees face extortion charges in connection with a secret video recording of a mayoral candidate getting a lap dance may be canceled or postponed, New Mexico officials...