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NM poll shows Obama with small lead over Romney

September 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal shows President Barack Obama with a relatively small lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and 8 percent of voters still undecided just nine weeks before the election. The poll suggests that New Mexico’s presidential race may be more competitive than national...

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Rio Arriba Co. sheriff to close at 8 p.m.

September 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sheriff in Rio Arriba County says his deputies will stop patrols after 8 p.m. and respond only to emergency calls for service because of a deputy shortage. Sheriff Tommy Rodella tells KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/OZZDzi) that the...

ENMU reports record enrollment for fall term

September 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales say the school has set a record for fall enrollment with more than 5,800 students attending classes. The 5,814 students on the rolls represent an increase of more than 4 percent...

GOP picks Kennedy to seek NM Supreme Court seat

September 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Supreme Court justice named by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill a high court vacancy this week is the Republican Party’s choice to run for a full term in November. The state Republican Central Committee nominated...

Backers of Albuquerque wage hike go to court

September 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Proponents of a measure that would boost the minimum wage in Albuquerque will have to convince a district court judge to put it on November’s ballot after the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to take the case. The...

SF jury awards $2M for botched back surgery

September 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe jury has awarded $2 million to a man whose back surgery was so badly botched he suffered cardiac arrest and required three more surgeries. Matt McCann entered Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe in May...

9 years for woman in death of Albuquerque cyclist

September 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A young woman who was high on methamphetamines when her car hit and killed a bicyclist in Albuquerque will spend the next nine years in prison. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/QlxSF4 ) District Judge Ross Sanchez handed...

Carver honored in Farmington for prize poster

September 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Dennis Ross poses with a poster at the Farmington Musuem,featuring his art work promoting the 2012 Totah Festival held at the Farmington Civic Center, on Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Jon Austria) FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community members, art...

Dona Ana County manager out on medical leave

September 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County commissioners will have to appoint an interim county manager at their next meeting. County Manager Brian Haines notified the commissioners Friday that he will be out indefinitely on medical leave. The county cited...

4 new human West Nile virus cases in New Mexico

September 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Four more New Mexicans have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing the total in the state this year to 18 human cases. No deaths have been reported so far. New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Friday that the new...