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Suit over traffic cameras moves to federal court

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the city of Las Cruces over whether its red-light cameras violate due-process protections has been moved to federal court. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/PJiOdW) that the lawsuit was originally filed in state court two years ago and has since been moved to federal court in [&hellip...

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Sunland Park consultant facing fraud charges

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have filed embezzlement and fraud charges against a former consultant for the city of Sunland Park. Dona Ana County District authorities say the charges were filed Thursday against Annette Morales, who owns...

Dems question process for purging voter rolls

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive, raising questions about the criteria being used as the state begins a...

NM pueblos get federal funds for flood prevention

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two northern New Mexico pueblos will share more than $5 million in federal funding to prevent another round of post-fire flooding in their communities. Santa Clara Pueblo will get about $4.1 million. Officials say that’s in...

Feds order lethal removal of female Mexican wolf

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an order Thursday calling for the shooting of a female Mexican gray wolf that was accused of killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico. This marks the first time since 2007 that the...

Board places NM Finance Authority CEO on leave

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority on Thursday suspended its top executives, including one who has been arrested for fraud and other charges, while an investigation is under way of how the agency’s financial audit was falsified....

25 indicted in connection to NM drug ring

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say that 25 people have been indicted in connection to a drug trafficking ring in San Miguel County. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Thursday the indictments and said they come after a 10-month, Drug...

NM detainee dies after attempt to swallow cocaine

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has died after choking on a bag of cocaine he tried to swallow while being booked on drug trafficking charges. Dona Ana County spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says 57-year-old Hermilio Salcedo died Sunday at a local...

Officials: Pregnant NM teen was not humiliated

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — School officials at a boarding school run by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs are denying that they kicked out then humiliated a 15-year-old Navajo girl over her pregnancy. Court papers recently filed said that middle school...

NM Finance Authority exec, ex-controller arrested

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The current chief operating officer and a former controller at the New Mexico Finance Authority were arrested Wednesday on charges of state securities violations related to a fake audit that made the agency’s revenue look...