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NM proposed Medicaid overhaul raises concerns

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of health care providers said Thursday that New Mexico’s proposal to overhaul its $3.9 billion Medicaid program could make them lose money. Medicaid beneficiaries, and representatives of state and tribal governments raised concerns at a public meeting about proposed changes to the health care system, which serves...

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Nearly 60 NM firefighters battle Gila blaze

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters from around New Mexico continue to battle a 410 acre blaze in the Gila National Forest. Officials said Friday nearly 60 firefighters were dispatched to southwest New Mexico to help battle the fire in steep, rough, rugged...

No charges for passenger in deadly DWI crash

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A passenger involved in a drunken driving crash that killed two sisters in Santa Fe will not face any charges. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/JThQgl ) on Friday there is not enough...

Los Alamos man arrested, accused of child abuse

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Los Alamos say a man has been accused of child abuse involving his 11-week-old son. Tyrell Abney remains in the Los Alamos Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond. The Los Alamos Monitor says the child’s...

Group: NM lacks adequate oil and gas enforcement

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators, who are grappling with how to best regulate the oil and natural gas industry, heard Thursday from energy producers who have seen their costs rise and ranchers who are concerned about contamination. At issue is a...

Clovis police shoot suspect in alleyway

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities said a suspect is in critical condition after a Clovis police officer shot the suspect fleeing from a scene. State officials said Paul Villanueva was shot once Wednesday in an alleyway and was transported to the Plains...

Smoke from wildfires expected across NM, Ariz.

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona is expected to be noticeable across both states for the next 24 hours. The National Weather Service said Thursday windy and dry climate conditions will shift smoke from large wildfires...

Prison rape lawsuit sparks NM warden investigation

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Corrections Department is launching an investigation into charges that a warden thwarted an FBI inquiry into an alleged rape of an inmate by a guard. Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said Wednesday he has ordered...

NM doctor arrested for hiring prostitute

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police have arrested a well-known New Mexico doctor after finding him with a prostitute and cocaine. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/KizZAh) on Thursday that Dr. Richard Lieberman has been...

Ariz. man sentenced for sexual assault in NM

May 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of raping a woman in her home on the Navajo Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. New Mexico U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced the sentencing Thursday of 29-year-old Derrick...