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Democrats in 1st Congressional District raise $2M

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic candidates in the hotly contested Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District have raised about $2 million so far as the primary election approaches, according to new federal campaign finance reports. State Sen. Eric Griego collected $139,199 and spent nearly $373,636 during the past six weeks. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

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NM Senate candidates spent $1.6M in past 6 weeks

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic and Republican candidates for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat have spent more than $1.6 million in the past six weeks as the primary election nears and campaigns began airing television advertisements, according to...

NM confirms first death from hantavirus this year

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has died from the hantavirus. The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday this is the first case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome reported in the state this...

Las Cruces boxer may be small, but she dreams big

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Amy Salinas swings her dangling legs because the standard chair is still too big for her. When she’s at a loss for her soft-spoken words, a shy-yet-infectious smile unfurls across her face. Then Salinas, 11, steps into the Las...

NM woman pleads guilty in 2007 killing

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Spencer Valley woman is facing up to 27 years in prison for the killing of her 4-year-old nephew. Federal officials say 53-year-old Evelyn James pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 slaying. Authorities...

NM woman arrested for trying to kidnap 4-year-old

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is in police custody after trying to snatch a 4-year-old boy from his home. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/KLwODR ) reports police say 22-year-old Martha Cantu attempted to kidnap the boy while he was playing in a yard...

Disputed juries stopped in NM police shootings

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has agreed to suspend indefinitely the controversial, decades-long practice of presenting police shooting cases to “investigative grand juries.” The Albuquerque...

$17K seized by Albuquerque police to be returned

May 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A black father and son who were never charged with a crime after authorities confiscated $17,000 in cash from them during a New Mexico traffic stop are getting back their money in a case that advocates are calling “profiling...

Wildfire destroys 12 homes in southwestern NM

May 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

This Tuesday, May 22, 2012, photo, provided by David Thornburg shows a plume of smoke rising from the Whitewater fire burning in the Gila Wilderness east of Glenwood, N.M. Fire managers said the blaze had charred more than 10,000 acres before merging...

NM education publication translated into Navajo

May 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Education Department says a publication to help parents with disabled children is being made available for the first time in the Navajo language. Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Thursday the publication...