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More charges filed in Sunland Park corruption case

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities investigating corruption allegations in city government in Sunland Park filed additional criminal charges against two former city officials on voter fraud allegations. And a third official was charged with tampering with evidence during a police search of City Hall in February. Prosecutors say Silvia Gomez, the...

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Insurance costs expect to rise for UNM students

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The cost of health insurance for University of New Mexico student could increase as much as 30 percent next school year as the national health care overhaul is causing a rise in premiums in most student insurance plans around the...

Millions look skyward as eclipse crosses Asia, US

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

People watch an annular solar eclipse in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun...

NM tourism department OKs 2nd out-of-state bid

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Tourism, under fire a few months ago for hiring an out-of-state company to produce commercials, is drawing more criticism for outsourcing another contract. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/L3OMmt) that the...

PNM: Bids show new pollution controls too costly

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico says bids to install Environmental Protection Agency-ordered pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station have confirmed its belief that the EPA underestimated the price. The Albuquerque...

Horse advocates wants fines on NM slaughterhouse

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado-based horse advocacy group says a New Mexico company seeking to become the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 should face fines for violating laws on waste disposal. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Sandia Peak Tram welcomes ’10-millionth’ passenger

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia Peak Tram has welcomed aboard its 10-millionth passenger. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KksZ8h) that the 46-year-old tramway to Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak reported that Marlin Harinks and Steve Kious, a couple from...

DA: Man in Clovis police shooting linked to rape

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a Clovis police officer had just raped a woman at gunpoint and later held a gun to an officer’s head. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday that 23-year-old Paul Villanueva raped...

Troubled NM border city cancels mayor meeting

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Councilors in a troubled New Mexico border city have canceled another meeting to appoint a mayor days after the state began taking over some of the city’s functions amid a number of scandals. Last Monday the Sunland Park City...

Motorcyclists hit NM on way to Vietnam memorial

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The roar of hundreds of motorcycles nearly drowned out the cheers of the spectators who gathered along New Mexico’s interstates on Friday to welcome riders who were on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,...