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University students’ loan default rates up in NM

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Student loan defaults are up at most of New Mexico’s state universities. The default rate at New Mexico State University rose to 18. 5 percent for students who enrolled in the 2010 fiscal year, up from 15 percent for students who enrolled one year earlier. Corresponding rates for the University [&hellip...

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Culinary tourism a growing focus for New Mexico

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Boosters of New Mexico’s tourism industry are increasingly focusing on the state’s kitchens and restaurants as attractions that’ll draw more visitors and their dollars to the state. Tourism Secretary Monique...

Albuquerque Convention Center work in final phase

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nearly $22 million renovation of the Albuquerque Convention Center is heading toward completion. Workers are beginning the project’s $13 million final phase, which includes the addition of a deck off the center’s...

Woman appears headed to trial in caged girl case

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Defense and prosecution lawyers say talks broken down on a possible plea deal for a Las Cruces woman charged in a case involving a developmentally delayed niece. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/15CgkLa) says that leaves Cindy...

NM keeping civilian Guard workers on payroll

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues. The...

Retired school official named to NM lottery board

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired school administrator from northeastern New Mexico has been named by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board overseeing the state lottery. Claude “Pal” Austin of Clayton was appointed to the seven-member New Mexico Lottery...

Man sought in Ga. killing again apprehended in NM

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man sought in a Georgia killing has been apprehended in Albuquerque months after he was accidentally released from a jail in a nearby New Mexico county. Police say narcotics detectives executing a search warrant at a home Monday...

Contaminated gas went to 20 stores in NM, Arizona

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A total of 20 stores in Arizona and New Mexico received contaminated gas from a northwestern New Mexico refinery. Western Refining spokesman Gary Hanson says a gasket failed, allowing water to leak into a petroleum storage tank near...

Jemez Pueblo appeals dismissal of land claim

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Jemez Pueblo is challenging a federal judge’s dismissal of a claim it filed to the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. Pueblo Gov. Vincent Toya says the tribe must fight to protect sacred land. The tribe...

Researchers issue dire forecast for state forests

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — While Congress dithers over budgets and battles over climate policy, scientists and others are urging state and local governments to take action as climate change affects water, agriculture, forests and businesses like ski resorts...

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