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No probable cause in Albuquerque shooting death

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they don’t have probable cause to charge anyone in a recent shooting death. Police tell The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/10yQwMK) that 24-year-old Jonathan Mitchell was fatally shot Tuesday by neighbor Donnie Pearson. Pearson had gone to Mitchell’s house to do a welfare check. Police say...

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NM man accused of hitting father with baseball bat

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man accused of beating his father with an aluminum baseball bat during a dispute has been arrested. Police tell the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/105bAH5) that 27-year-old Vincent Lopez became upset as his parents...

Former Las Cruces coach faces molestation charge

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Cruces middle school basketball coach has been indicted on a charge of molesting a young boy during physical exam. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/10AVVTu) that 33-year-old Erik B. Khan was charged with...

Priebus: GOP needs to increase its numbers

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says his party needs to increase its numbers without changing its political platform in order to beat Democrats. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Yx0a1L) that...

NM valleys hum with sound of irrigation pumps

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in southern New Mexico’s Hatch Valley are struggling their way through the drought by pumping saline water from shallow aquifers. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Yx0ddR) that the farming valleys that...

Subsidy plan could force local taxes to be raised

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature’s decision to phase out state reimbursements to local governments for not taxing food and medicine could lead some city and county governments to raise taxes. The plan adopted by the Legislature on...

Much of New Mexico braces for gusting winds

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for much of New Mexico as gusts are expected to top 60 mph. The state Transportation Department is warning travelers about the possibility of reduced visibility along some...

NM Supreme Court to hear pay-to-play appeal

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving two lawsuits that allege corruption in state investment practices. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of taxpayers by whistleblower Frank Foy, the former chief...

Oil, gas wells in northwestern NM show potential

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The oil and gas industry is getting excited about a potential boom in northwestern New Mexico. Preliminary results from some of the 22 exploratory wells drilled in the Mancos shale formation in the San Juan Basin show commercial...

NM village to vote on liquor licenses

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to the residents of Loving whether the village’s two restaurants will be able to serve beer and wine. Business is booming in the southeastern New Mexico community, but the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports...