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Third fugitive arrested following drug sweep

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a third fugitive wanted on drug-related charges that stem from a roundup along the New Mexico-Texas border has been taken into custody. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher identified the fugitive on Friday as 37-year-old Daniel Arrieta of Anthony. He’s charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. On Wednesday,...

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NM jury convicts man of first-degree murder

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County prosecutors say a man facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with a 2011 shooting has been found guilty. Eric Marquez was accused of shooting Julian “J.T.” Melendres with a 12-gauge shotgun...

NMSU contract includes $385K salary for Carruthers

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico State University have finalized a contract with incoming President Garrey Carruthers that includes a $385,000 annual salary. The salary is the same as former NMSU President Barbara Couture received. Under a...

NM governor heads to Colo., Utah with civic group

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is joining a civic group for a trip to Colorado and Utah to promote New Mexico. The governor’s office says Martinez will leave Sunday with the New Mexico Amigos for Colorado Springs and then on Tuesday the...

NM utility plans experiment using Colorado water

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico utility plans to use some of the water it gets from Colorado to test the idea of pumping water underground in the Albuquerque area for use later during times of drought or high demand. Starting next week, the...

Gun control group waged New Mexico ad campaign

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A national group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pumped nearly $32,000 into an advertising campaign in New Mexico for legislation to expand criminal background checks of gun buyers. The campaign by Mayors Against...

NM high school tennis player penalized for Spanish

May 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school tennis player was penalized Thursday for speaking Spanish during a state championship singles match. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18xM2cO ) that New Mexico Military Institute’s Jose...

NM dad accused of killing infant pleads guilty

May 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dad indicted on charges he shot his infant daughter in the head after accusing the girl’s mother of seeing another man was sentenced Thursday to 36 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Christopher Rains agreed to plead...

2 more in custody following border drug sweep

May 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) — Two fugitives wanted on drug trafficking and other charges that stem from a roundup along the New Mexico-Texas border have been taken into custody. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher identified the fugitives on Thursday as 49-year-old Martin...

New Mexico exchange subject to sunshine laws

May 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s open government laws will apply to a state-run health insurance exchange that will serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to buy medical coverage. Legislation enacted this year makes clear the exchange and its...