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Provost: UNM professors consider leaving over pay

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents for the University of New Mexico have been warned that the school could lose up to 10 well-regarded faculty members if salaries remain at their current levels. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/J7vxuH) Provost Chaouki Abdallah recently told the regents that he knows of at least 10 faculty members who...

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1 man arrested in Artesia double-shooting

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia police have arrested a man in a double-shooting that left one person dead. Thirty-five-year-old Osmond Viernes was arrested after police responded to a call about a shooting on Saturday night. One man identified as 30-year-old...

NM gets nearly $11M for health center improvements

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is getting nearly $11 million in federal funding to make improvements at several community health centers around the state. The grant funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman...

Federal help sought to avert flooding at NM pueblo

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government for help to prevent possible flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan say the northern...

Less than 100 inspectors to oversee 100K NM wells

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of oil and gas wells is steadily increasing in New Mexico, but there are still fewer than 100 state and federal inspectors to watch over them. The Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division...

Deming plant that got $500K city loan closing

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A food processing plant in Deming is closing its doors just four years after receiving a $500,000 city loan. City officials say they’ve just learned the Proper Foods plant plans to close and aren’t sure what they can do. Luna...

5-year-old Albuquerque boy dead of suspected abuse

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police says a 5-year-old Albuquerque boy who was allegedly abused by his mother’s boyfriend had died of his injuries. Police tell KOB-TV that Isaiah Ithurria was taken off life support and died of major head trauma on...

NM Bootheel ranchers in fight with big landowner

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVERDALE, N.M. (AP) — Deep in New Mexico’s Bootheel along the U.S.-Mexico border sits a historic 500-square mile ranch once owned by William Randolph Hearst. Now called the Diamond A Ranch and operated by Seth Hadley, a descendant of Anheuser-Busch...

Lawyer for ex-UMN leader wants him cleared

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia says it’s time for prosecutors to clear his client in a sensational prostitution case that made headlines nearly a year ago. Attorney Robert Gorence says...

Judge tosses Las Cruces teacher stalking case

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Las Cruces has taken the unusual step of finding prosecutors failed to present enough evidence for a jury to convict a former teacher of stalking and issued an acquittal. The action by Third Judicial District Court...