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Contract employee arrested at NM prison facility

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a contract employee working at the New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas is in custody. State Corrections Department officials say Mel Baca worked in the prison’s kitchen. He’s accused of giving outside food to inmates, which they say is a severe policy breach. Baca was arrested Sunday [&hellip...

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Family accused of ignoring duties in gun sales

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A family that owns a Deming-area gun store ignored their responsibilities by selling weapons and ammunition to a man who told them the arms were bound for Mexican drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday in closing trial arguments. A...

Lawmakers plan review of troubled finance agency

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative leaders have approved spending up to $150,000 for an independent review of a state financing authority caught in a scandal over a fake financial audit. The Legislative Council agreed Tuesday to hire a firm through...

Social services advocates push to expand Medicaid

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Community activists and social services advocates used a plate of waffles Tuesday as part of a lobbying campaign to urge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to support expanding Medicaid to provide health care to nearly 150,000 low-income...

State sending out notices to update voter rolls

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The secretary of state’s office is sending out postcards this week to nearly 178,000 voters to update registration information. Secretary of State Dianna Duran says the effort is to clean up voter files in compliance with federal...

Albuquerque police probing child abuse report

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating a report of child abuse at an Albuquerque apartment. City police say several people called to report a man was seen holding his 2-year-old daughter in the air by her hair while...

Livestock board takes action to prevent disease

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Livestock Board says it will have an inspector at fairs across New Mexico to prevent the spread of a virus that gives animals blister-like lesions. The board passed an emergency rule this week aimed at containing vesicular...

West Nile found in mosquitoes in Albuquerque area

August 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mosquitoes in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Paul Ettestad of the state Department of Public Health says recent rain across New Mexico has created breeding sites for mosquitoes....

Store owner takes stand in NM gun raid trial

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico gun store owner accused of selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels testified Monday that he never took seriously comments from a customer-turned-informant who talked about taking guns and ammunition south of the border....

Open government advocates welcome court ruling

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates. The...