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Slew of animal protection bills pending in NM

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets. Elizabeth Jennings, executive director of Animal...

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Senate OKs tough sanctions for hunting violations

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico could impose tougher penalties for violations of hunting and fishing laws under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate. The measure, if enacted, will allow the state Game Commission to suspend or revoke someone’s...

Senate confirms Finance Authority board members

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed two board members of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which was entangled in a scandal last year over a fake audit. Clovis businessman Blake Curtis was unanimously confirmed and Albuquerque lawyer Nann Winter...

Pregnant women told to take whooping cough vaccine

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico are recommending that all pregnant women get a vaccine to guard against the spread of whooping cough. The recommendation on Monday by the New Mexico Department of Health is intended to prevent the spread...

Suspect recaptured after escape at NM hospital

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A burglary suspect who escaped from police custody while at a Santa Fe hospital was recaptured a short time later as he hid under a staircase at a nearby high school. Authorities tell The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/Xg5Ht1)...

Sex offenders to be sent to Otero County facility

February 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prison officials in early March will begin moving the first of 288 violent or predatory sex offenders to a privately run detention facility in Otero County. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VZlfDi ) that...

Rio Rancho to apply for loan for water rights

February 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The City Council in Rio Rancho has given approval for the city to apply for a loan so it can snap up 400-acre-feet of water rights being offered by a source that officials have declined to name until the deal is finalized. The...

Repair work stalls on crumbling Shiprock homes

February 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Money set aside to repair crumbling homes in a development in Shiprock may be used for other projects if the funding doesn’t get used soon. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Xe0UYW) that only about half the...

Hearing set for man convicted of killing officer

February 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of killing an Albuquerque police officer nearly 30 years ago will go before the State Parole Board in early March. Joel Lee Compton was convicted of fatally shooting 35-year-old Officer Gerald Cline on Feb. 24, 1983,...

George P. Bush to speak at NM GOP event

February 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nephew of former President George W. Bush is scheduled to address Republican Party activists in New Mexico. Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman John Billingsley announced that George P. Bush will be the keynote speaker at...