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Albuquerque Convention Center work in final phase

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nearly $22 million renovation of the Albuquerque Convention Center is heading toward completion. Workers are beginning the project’s $13 million final phase, which includes the addition of a deck off the center’s renovated ballroom. The project also includes a new gas fire place, new floors, and wall and ceiling...

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Woman appears headed to trial in caged girl case

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Defense and prosecution lawyers say talks broken down on a possible plea deal for a Las Cruces woman charged in a case involving a developmentally delayed niece. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/15CgkLa) says that leaves Cindy...

NM keeping civilian Guard workers on payroll

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues. The...

Retired school official named to NM lottery board

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired school administrator from northeastern New Mexico has been named by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board overseeing the state lottery. Claude “Pal” Austin of Clayton was appointed to the seven-member New Mexico Lottery...

Man sought in Ga. killing again apprehended in NM

October 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man sought in a Georgia killing has been apprehended in Albuquerque months after he was accidentally released from a jail in a nearby New Mexico county. Police say narcotics detectives executing a search warrant at a home Monday...

Contaminated gas went to 20 stores in NM, Arizona

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A total of 20 stores in Arizona and New Mexico received contaminated gas from a northwestern New Mexico refinery. Western Refining spokesman Gary Hanson says a gasket failed, allowing water to leak into a petroleum storage tank near...

Jemez Pueblo appeals dismissal of land claim

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Jemez Pueblo is challenging a federal judge’s dismissal of a claim it filed to the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. Pueblo Gov. Vincent Toya says the tribe must fight to protect sacred land. The tribe...

Researchers issue dire forecast for state forests

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — While Congress dithers over budgets and battles over climate policy, scientists and others are urging state and local governments to take action as climate change affects water, agriculture, forests and businesses like ski resorts...

Hot air balloon fiesta wraps up in Albuquerque

October 14, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colorful hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes bid farewell to Albuquerque for the year in a mass ascension Sunday. The nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta drew balloonists from 35 states and 18 countries, and...

Alamogordo district suspends use of fantasy novel

October 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Alamogordo school district has removed a fantasy novel from use in high school English classes while school officials review the content. The decision came after a parent pointed out a passage in “Neverwhere” that...