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NM Wiccan follower to be sentenced for slaying

December 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman who pleaded no contest to fatally stabbing a man with a dagger she planned to use as part of a Wiccan ritual is scheduled Friday to be sentenced. Angela Sanford, 31, faces up to 20 years in prison at a hearing in Albuquerque District Court. Sanford stabbed Joel [&hellip...

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NMSU workers offered retirement deal

December 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University employees can take a retirement deal by leaving now and getting a cash payout of at least 25 percent of their annual salary on top of other benefits. An NMSU administrator says the program is strictly...

Feds delay decision on NM, Texas lizard listing

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A decision on whether a lizard found only in parts of New Mexico and Texas should be added to the endangered species list has been put off another six months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. Federal wildlife...

Governor names head of Public Defender Department

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has named Jacqueline Cooper of Cedar Crest as the state’s chief public defender. Cooper has worked in the Public Defender Department for more than 20 years, and since April has served as acting chief public...

Winds damage NM power lines, school roof

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strong winds sweeping across New Mexico have resulted in scattered power outages, difficult driving conditions and roof damage that ended classes early at one Valencia County school. The National Weather Service says damaging winds...

Suit filed after NM teen cuffed for burp in class

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 13-year-old was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention for burping in class, according to a lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque school principal, a teacher and school police officer. The boy was transported without his...

2 Texans in New Mexico plane crash identified

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two Texans found dead in plane wreckage in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that 49-year-old Jerry Don Greene of Snyder, Texas, and 30-year-old Tracy Martinez...

Tularosa man arrested for alleged sex trafficking

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking children by force. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/scYwf0 ) reports a New Mexico State Police officer in Alamogordo received information that...

Nursing homes asking state for more funding

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Representatives of New Mexico nursing homes say they need $7 million to $8 million in additional state money to provide for the more than 5,600 individuals currently in their care. The executive director of the New Mexico Health Care...

Death may lead to homicide charge in Las Cruces

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney’s office says a Las Cruces felon may face a homicide charge after a man he allegedly hit with a 2-by-4 died months later. Court documents show 38-year-old Matthias Schackow was indicted in August on a...