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NMSU president’s severance coming from vacancies

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University plans to pay for departing President Barbara Couture’s nearly $454,000 severance package with savings accumulated from as many as 15 vacant administrative positions. NMSU spokeswoman Julie Hughes says the 10 to 15 vacancies should be filled early next year. Couture’s payout is drawing...

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FCC awards $18M to expand NM wireless networks

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has awarded about $18 million to telecommunications companies to expand access to high-speed cellular phone and wireless Internet service in central and southeastern New Mexico. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall...

Arrest made in shooting at Albuquerque strip club

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of two suspects wanted in an Albuquerque strip club shooting late last month now is in custody. Albuquerque police announced Wednesday night that 33-year-old Isaac Montoya is being held on suspicion of aggravated battery with a...

Partially decomposed body found in Albuquerque

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a partially decomposed body has been found in a dirt field in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say a citizen called in about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to report the discovery of a body on top of a mattress in the open field...

NM court rules against residents suing oil company

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Court of Appeals has ruled against a group of current and former Hobbs residents who sued an oil company because of illnesses and other damages. The court on Tuesday upheld a Lea County District Court decision not to...

Ex-NM corrections officer pleads guilty in assault

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico corrections officer has pleaded guilty to a criminal civil rights charge. Federal authorities say 40-year-old Demetrio Juan Gonzales was accused of striking and choking a DUI suspect at the Bernalillo County...

Santa Fe man claims $1 million Powerball prize

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A newly retired Santa Fe judge has come forward to claim a $1 million prize in the multi-state Powerball game. New Mexico Lottery officials say Michael Vigil was one winning number away from taking the $40 million jackpot in last...

Border governors meeting in Albuquerque

October 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is hosting a meeting of border governors in Albuquerque this week. Martinez, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and governors from three Mexican states are expected at the gathering, which opened with a private reception...

Former pueblo governor, developer indicted

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo and a real estate developer from Pecos have been indicted on charges they embezzled at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state’s 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque...

Plan calls for shuttering part of NM power plant

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Months of wrangling over the best way to curb pollution from a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest have given way to a proposal that could see New Mexico transition to cleaner sources of...