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NM meat plant owner defends horse slaughter plan

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a New Mexico slaughterhouse is defending his plan to become the first plant in the nation since 2007 to handle horses after an outcry from politicians and animal activists. In interviews with the Roswell Daily Record and the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De [&hellip...

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Gallup hospital cited for hazardous waste handling

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup Indian Medical Center is facing a $36,000 fine from the state Environmental Department for improperly handling infectious waste. An order and citation obtained by the Gallup Independent says the hospital sent infectious medical...

Court keeps Rep. Dianne Hamilton on ballot

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that a seven-term Republican legislator from Silver City can remain on the ballot. The court on Friday affirmed a decision by a district judge that Rep. Dianne Hamilton had submitted enough voter...

Groups rally in NM for Mexican gray wolf releases

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the Southwest. About four dozen people gathered outside the agency’s regional headquarters in downtown Albuquerque on Friday....

New Mexico pension program hires new administrator

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association has selected Wayne Propst as its top administrator for the pension system serving New Mexico government employees. The pension board announced Friday that Propst will become executive...

PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez to host NM ed town hall

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2009 file photo, broadcast journalist Ray Suarez Jr. greets a fellow guest during National Hispanic Heritage Month on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The PBS NewsHour’s Suarez is scheduled on Wednesday,...

Sunland Park meeting on mayoral vacancy postponed

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A special meeting of city councilors in the troubled border town of Sunland Park over their mayoral position was postponed Thursday after a crowd too large for City Hall showed up to watch. More than 100 people wanted to attend...

Court upholds penalty for 2010 judicial candidate

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has upheld a $2,000 fine imposed on a state Court of Appeals candidate two years ago for violating a law for public financing of campaigns. The state Supreme Court said then-Secretary of State Mary...

Wandering cattle trouble for Rio Rancho homeowners

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cattle wandering off the open range are creating problems for residents of some Rio Rancho neighborhoods. They’re complaining that herds of a dozen or more cows are tearing up their properties. The suburb just north of...

CA man paralyzed after drunken fall sues NM hotel

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California man left paralyzed after a drunken fall at a Santa Fe, N.M., hotel is blaming the hotel for his injuries, saying its staff over-served him alcohol. A lawsuit filed in state District Court by Mike Sherman of Petaluma,...