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Bernalillo County seeking to fix jail overcrowding

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County officials say there may be as many as 1,000 people being held at the chronically overcrowded Metropolitan Detention Center who don’t need to be there. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rp9rnZ) that officials plan to take around 400 from behind bars and put them in programs where they can be...

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New Mexico permanent funds grow $2B in past year

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Investment Council reports that New Mexico’s largest permanent funds grew by about $2 billion during the past year as financial markets performed strongly. The Land Grant Permanent Fund had returns of 18 percent during...

NM’s First Gentleman takes job in Santa Fe

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The husband of Gov. Susana Martinez, who turned in his sheriff’s badge when his wife was elected governor of New Mexico, has gone back to work. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UdpCmI ) that a Martinez spokesman...

Report: NM inmate died from choking on cocaine bag

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials say the death of a Dona Ana County Detention Center inmate was related to cocaine use. New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said Thursday that 57-year-old Hermilo Salcedo choked to death Aug. 5 after trying to...

3rd man arrested in Lovington field murders

November 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murders of two men found dead in a field near Lovington. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SHYRrb) that Lea County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 26-year-old Hobbs resident...

91-year-old Navajo Code Talker to receive degree

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 91-year-old New Mexico man who was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II will receive a degree next week from the University of Kansas. Chester Nez is the last living member of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers — an all-Navajo...

NM detective’s stolen assault rifle recovered

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a semi-automatic assault rifle stolen from an Albuquerque detective’s truck while he was playing golf has been recovered. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Z5vAep) bandits struck the unmarked police...

Voter turnout drops to 62% in New Mexico

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates. About 62 percent...

Board rejects petition on PTSD medical pot removal

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A petition aimed at removing post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifier for medical marijuana in New Mexico has been rejected. The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board unanimously ruled Wednesday to reject the petition by an...

Isleta Pueblo, Hard Rock to part ways on casino

November 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The Hard Rock name and an American Indian pueblo south of Albuquerque are parting ways. A resort executive for the Orlando, Fla.-based company announced Wednesday that Isleta Pueblo officials have decided to drop its affiliation...