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NM man recovering after being shot by father

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington man is recovering in the hospital after allegedly being shot by his father over a swamp cooler. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/LXiQ5n) reports Thursday that 31-year-old Joshua Branch is listed in fair condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound to the thigh. Local sheriff’s...

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Heinrich introduces password protection bill

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congressman Martin Heinrich is pushing legislation that would prohibit employers from forcing current or prospective employees to share passwords to their private accounts on sites like Facebook. The Password Protection...

Grid project to locate headquarters in NM

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Developers of a $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids have decided to locate their headquarters and an associated electricity trading floor in New Mexico. The Tres Amigas Superstation hub...

Cancer patient joins NM ‘right-to-die’ law fight

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer said Wednesday that she is joining two doctors in their challenge against a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits physicians from helping terminally ill patients die. Aja Riggs, 48,...

NM coach accused in a sexual exploitation case

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested a public school basketball coach in Las Cruces on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child. Las Cruces police announced Wednesday that 32-year-old Erik B. Khan is accused of 15 felony counts....

Las Cruces toddler killed by family dog is ID’d

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a baby girl who was fatally mauled by her family’s dog in Las Cruces. Las Cruces police say the child’s grandmother appears to have been accidentally shot by a neighbor who was trying...

Astorga denies killing in NM death penalty trial

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County deputy and faces the death penalty has denied killing the deputy. Michael Astorga took the witness stand Wednesday in his own death penalty sentencing trial and said he did not kill...

Bernalillo Co. commissioner censured after photo

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An embattled Bernalillo county commissioner, under fire for a controversy over photos of him in Philippines red-light district, has been publicly censured. Michael Wiener was censured Wednesday by a 3-0 vote following harsh...

‘Breaking Bad’ star to lead NM softball team

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At least he hopes to hit a breaking ball. Emmy-Award winning actor Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White in the Albuquerque-based TV show “Breaking Bad,” announced Tuesday that he will participate in a celebrity...

UNM women’s swimming coach quits after 7 seasons

May 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico head women’s swimming coach Tracy Ljone has resigned after completing her seventh season at the school. The resignation was announced Tuesday by the university. The Lobos never finished higher than sixth place at...