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Ex-deputy interviewed in NM hate crime cold case

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy is “a person of interest” in a decades old cold case involving the beating death of openly gay man, Santa Fe police confirmed Friday. Police questioned Clarence Garcia, 51, about what he knows about the case of Herman Higgs but would not comment on what Garcia [&hellip...

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NM court lets same-sex partner seek child custody

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A same-sex partner of an adoptive mother has legal parental rights and can seek child custody, New Mexico’s highest court ruled Friday in a precedent-setting case. The unanimous ruling by the state Supreme Court came in the case...

Feds, strippers to talk sex trafficking in NM

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strippers and owners of topless clubs are scheduled to meet next week with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who hope to bring more awareness to sex trafficking, a growing problem some call “virtual slavery.”...

Suspect in killing of boy, 10, to return to NM

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says a man accused of killing a Clovis boy will be brought back to the state from Mexico to stand trial. King announced Friday that the Mexican government has granted the extradition of 33-year-old...

Santa Fe car wash workers claim wage theft

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — At least 10 workers at a Santa Fe car wash say they have put up with wage abuse for years. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/N3L8LW) reports workers have filed complaints with city and state officials, alleging poor working...

Hit-and-run accident forces shutdown on NM freeway

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One side of a major freeway has reopened after a hit-and-run accident. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/Jyi2Pd) reports Bernalillo County deputies shut down the southbound lanes of I-25 at Rio Bravo while police investigated the scene Friday...

NM artist says shooting was self-defense

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for a Santa Fe artist who shot a gun outside a convenience store, injuring a bystander, says his client will not face charges. Lawyer Dan Cron told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/KgztK1) on Thursday police will not...

Governor’s committee donates $19K to candidates

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political action committee of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez contributed $19,000 to candidates for the Legislature and other offices in the closing stretch of the primary election season, according to a financial report filed...

NM state workers’ payroll deposits may be delayed

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct paycheck deposits for thousands of New Mexico state workers may be delayed for up to 24 hours because of “human error” in the government’s payroll and budget agency, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration...

1st case of human plague in US this year is NM man

June 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of plague in the United States this year. State health officials said Thursday that a 78-year-old man from Torrance County currently is hospitalized in stable...