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DoE eyes WIPP, Eddy County for mercury storage

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is searching for a site for long-term management and storage of about 10,000 metric tons of elemental mercury and its eye is on two possible locations in Eddy County. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/KZwAOv) that the Department of Energy is scheduled Tuesday hold a public scoping...

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NM open government group fights settlement secrecy

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group advocating for open government is asking a state agency to prohibit confidentiality provisions that restrict public disclosure of settlements with investment firms, such as those under investigation in an alleged pay-to-play...

Carlsbad man dies after fall from railroad bridge

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Carlsbad man is dead after he fell from the railroad bridge that crosses the Pecos River. Carlsbad police say 44-year-old Doug Phillippi and a group of his friends were swimming in the Pecos River around 8:30 p.m....

Martinez: I never supported Ariz.-style law in NM

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she never supported an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants in New Mexico but understands the “frustration felt by Arizonans” due to the lack of federal action on immigration reform....

Martinez: NM anti-prostitution laws need updating

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state laws aimed at fighting prostitution are outdated and need to be fixed to help authorities go after online sites that promote prostitution, Gov. Susan Martinez said Monday. Martinez told The Associated Press that she...

Fruitland man gets prison time in firearm case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Fruitland man has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Donovan Cortez was sentenced Monday and will be on supervised release for two years...

Woman surrenders in Dona Ana County stalking case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman wanted on suspicion of stalking her former boyfriend has surrendered to New Mexico authorities. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say 37-year-old Jennifer Woods voluntarily surrendered Monday at the San Juan...

Martinez urges NM administrators to fix colleges

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susan Martinez challenged leaders of the state’s colleges and universities Monday to develop a plan to fix schools’ remedial programs amid a scathing report faulting the state’s high education institutions for...

Kewa Pueblo man pleads guilty in machete killing

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the machete killing of another Kewa Pueblo resident. Federal prosecutors in Albuquerque say 22-year-old Adrian Chavez entered a plea agreement Monday. He faces a maximum penalty of...

NM immigrant students praised for early role

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Obama administration’s announced earlier this month that some illegal immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, college-aged immigrants across the nation cheered and texted each other in excitement. But...