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Industry hopes film bill returns competitive edge

March 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

QUE, N.M. (AP) — As the TV series that helped cement Albuquerque’s reputation as a film center draws to a close, New Mexico officials are optimistic that a so-called “Breaking Bad” bill to sweeten incentives for television productions will help the state maintain its competitive edge. Lawmakers as part of a last-minute business tax...

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Navajo Nation considers 2nd study on mine purchase

March 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is digging deeper into the likely costs and benefits of purchasing a coal mine from the Australian-based mining company of BHP Billiton. The tribe announced in December it wants to buy the Navajo Mine, the sole...

New trails give new life to Arroyo Hondo

March 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Six hundred years ago, Native Americans made their homes along the banks of what would later be called the Hondo River southeast of Santa Fe. About 100 years ago, a Chicago banker unsuccessfully tried to dam that river and create a...

Man pleads guilty to embezzling from a NM casino

March 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former employee of the Santa Ana Star Casino has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the gaming establishment. Prosecutors say 42-year-old John Hoffman, of Rio Rancho, entered his plea Wednesday. Hoffman was accused of...

1 man dead after long standoff at NM apartment

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead after a more than four-hour standoff at an Albuquerque apartment complex. Albuquerque police officers went to the apartment in the far Northeast Heights on Tuesday morning after receiving information...

Officials urge licenses for NM same-sex marriages

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature left town without acting on a constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage, so Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and a City Council member are encouraging county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex...

NM governor is in Rome for pope’s inauguration

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is hoping Pope Francis will reinvigorate Catholics worldwide and fix any problems that are lingering from recent scandals. Martinez was in Rome on Tuesday with a U.S. delegation led by Vice President Joseph...

Los Alamos seeking to shed ‘Atomic City’ name

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos does not want to be known as the “Atomic City” anymore. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/144E2Q2) that Los Alamos County is trying to create a new brand for the northern New Mexico community. Los Alamos is...

NMSU player pleads not guilty to battery charge

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University senior forward Tyrone Watson has pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge accusing him of severely beating a fellow student at a party. An indictment issued by a Dona Ana County grand jury accuses the...

Suit alleges guard got Bernalillo inmate pregnant

March 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a young woman alleges she got pregnant by a now-former corrections officer while she was being held at a Bernalillo County juvenile center. The suit alleges that that the inmate was coerced into having...