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NM ex-inmates awarded more than $3M in rape case

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded more than $3 million in damages to three former inmates raped by a prison guard at a New Mexico prison for women. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zlgXrK ) that the federal jury on Thursday ordered the damages after hearing more than a week of testimony involving [&hellip...

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Zuni man sentenced for federal manslaughter

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Zuni man to more than five years in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction. The FBI says 21-year-old Cameron Kalestewa was sentenced Thursday in Santa Fe. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales...

BLM gets new NM state director

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico has a new state director. Jesse Juen was sworn in Thursday during a special ceremony at the BLM’s New Mexico state office in Santa Fe. Juen will oversee the management of more than 13.4...

Clovis mayor pushing economic development

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Clovis says the community needs more rental housing to accommodate Cannon Air Force Base while helping jump start the economy of eastern New Mexico. Mayor Gayla Brumfield says a private Arizona developer has been working...

NM House Speaker Lujan ends era with session

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan brought his gavel down on the end of an era Thursday as he closed out his last regular session after nearly 40 years in the chamber. “Que viva, que viva,” House members chanted as the 76-year-old...

Federal judges named to hear NM redistricting case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three federal judges from New Mexico have been named to consider a lawsuit over new districts for the state House of Representatives. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday appointed appellate Judge Harris Hartz and District...

Ex-NM police captain enters plea in tampering case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A former Portales police captain has pleaded no contest to tampering with traffic citations last year. Lonnie Berry was placed on administrative leave with pay by the city on Dec. 2 and agreed to resign from the police department six...

NM Legislature finishes politically heated session

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers finished an election-year legislative session Thursday that was dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term...

Parents arrested after kids test positive for meth

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say two adults have been arrested after their children tested positive for methamphetamine. Police say 27-year-old Mical L. Culpepper and 25-year-old Bertha Alicia Ocon were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of...

2 men sentenced in swastika branding case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Two men who branded a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities are facing nine years in state prison. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/xrp383) reports 28-year-old Paul Beebe and 26-year-old Jesse Sanford were...