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Albuquerque mayor wants e-cigs banned for teens

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Albuquerque wants the City Council to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Mayor Richard Berry says his office is crafting legislation he hopes the Council will introduce as early as next month. Berry made the announcement at a Wednesday press conference. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

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Valles Caldera to sell Christmas trees, permits

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Christmas trees and cutting permits will go on sale at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico beginning Friday. People will be able to either cut their own tree or purchase a precut tree while supplies last....

Peralta woman pleads guilty in fatal car crash

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Peralta woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash this year on Isleta Pueblo lands south of Albuquerque. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Julisa Raelynn Sanchez entered into a plea...

Lawsuit: NM woman’s genitals hit with pepper spray

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit says a New Mexico corrections officer used a “chemical agent” on a woman’s genitals after authorities found a plastic baggie protruding from her vagina. The federal lawsuit filed last week by the American...

NM’s infant mortality rate on the rise

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are worried about an increase in the state’s infant mortality rate. The state Department of Health announced this week that the death rate among infants one year or younger increased from 5.2 infant...

NM Four Corners county to vote on alcohol licenses

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Voters in New Mexico’s Four Corners region are set to decide whether restaurants in unincorporated San Juan County can sell beer and wine with food. The election Tuesday comes after Chris Taylor, the owner of Fisheads San Juan...

Albuquerque schools retooling social media policy

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s public school district is retooling its social media policy. The effort comes on the heels of a recent flap involving Superintendent Winston Brooks but KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1bTYORt ) reports that the district...

I-10 overpass work in Las Cruces runs behind

November 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A construction project that has constricted Interstate 10 traffic through Las Cruces is taking longer than expected. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1dzoMk7 ) reports that delays in delivery of material for abutment walls...

Auditor troubled over altered mental health audit

November 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Hector Balderas is questioning why a state agency provided his office with a behavioral health audit report that was altered to remove a conclusion that auditors found no “credible allegations of fraud” in a...

Shiprock man gets prison in fatal 2010 assault

November 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison after his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, assault and firearms charges. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Clay O’Brien Mann also was ordered Tuesday...