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Judge says state can keep audit secret

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The state can keep secret an audit that prompted it to freeze payments to providers of mental health and substance abuse treatment, a state district judge ruled Thursday. Judge Douglas Driggers rejected a request by the Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico In Depth to order the Human Services Department [&hellip...

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Explosive devices prompt evacuation in Albuquerque

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department’s bomb squad has destroyed two explosive devices that were found outside a state probation and parole office. The suspicious items were spotted Thursday outside the building along Monte Vista...

Obama nominates Martinez for US attorney post

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated an Albuquerque native as the next U.S. attorney for the district of New Mexico. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Obama’s selection of Damon Martinez on Thursday. The two...

Governor to seek $2M extra for water research

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez proposes to significantly increase state funding for a university research institute that focuses on New Mexico’s water problems. The governor announced Thursday she’ll ask the Legislature next year for...

Santa Fe police arrest man in burglary case

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say they have a well-known burglar in custody. Police arrested 26-year-old Kenneth Martinez on Wednesday after getting tips about his whereabouts. An arrest warrant was issued for Martinez last week after he refused to...

NM regulators ease state rule on renewable energy

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a move decried by renewable energy advocates, New Mexico regulators have narrowly approved rule changes that allow utilities to use less solar power to satisfy the state’s mandates. The changes by the Public Regulation...

Feds make arrest in Mexican murder case

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Federal agents have made an arrest in Belen in connection with a Mexican murder case. The U.S. Marshals Service says Mario Jurado-Ariostegui was taken into custody earlier this month on a murder charge that stemmed from a double homicide...

NM in for blast of wintery weather

November 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans are bracing for an early blast of winter that’s forecast to bring a foot of snow to the mountains and ice to the eastern plains. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says initial concerns are focused across...

Las Cruces man fatally beaten; 2 people in custody

November 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say two people are in custody in the beating death of a 37-year-old Las Cruces man during an altercation early Wednesday. Police say responding officers found Jerome Saiz with multiple injuries to his face and head. He had...

Feds hold public hearing on wolf proposals

November 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Future management of the federal government’s troubled effort to return Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest was the focus of a packed public hearing Wednesday night. Hundreds of environmentalists, landowners and others showed...