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Trial underway in Las Cruces police shooting

April 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is hearing testimony in the trial of a wrongful death suit against Las Cruces and a police officer for the 2010 fatal shooting of a man holding a sword. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ZB6okC), the suit filed on behalf of 24-year-old Lance Hummell’s family seeks [&hellip...

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NM governor raises about $372,000 for re-election

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled nearly $1.5 million for her re-election campaign next year, which is far more than declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King, according to fundraising disclosures filed Monday....

NM men plead not guilty to robberies, carjackings

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two Albuquerque men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges involving armed robberies and carjackings in the city. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Joel Meeks and 20-year-old Raul Ortega were arraigned Monday on an...

NM governor criticized for domestic partner veto

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism from a liberal advocacy group for vetoing legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military...

Tuberculosis cases in NM are lowest since 2005

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say there were 40 new cases of tuberculosis diagnosed last year in New Mexico and that’s the lowest number in the state since 2005. But they say New Mexico residents remain three times more likely to die from...

Bernalillo may ship inmates to ease jail crowding

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County may move up 300 prisoners to other facilities elsewhere in New Mexico and possibly even Texas to ease jail crowding. The County Commission on Tuesday will consider county officials’ request for approval to...

NM plastic fetuses lawsuit dismissal upheld

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a nationally watched lawsuit in which students in a conservative Roswell religious group challenged school officials’ response to their handing out rubber fetuses. The 10th...

Las Cruces traffic signals get backup power

April 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Battery backup units have been installed at 23 key traffic signals in Las Cruces, providing an alternate power source to keep the lights on during outages. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/10LZk0Z ) reports that the southern...

Man gets life sentence for murder in Tucumcari

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A 70-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a 2009 shooting death at a lodge in Tucumcari. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/17l5aKv) that Robert Wynashe was convicted...

High-speed chase that began in Texas ends in NM

April 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A high-speed chase that began in Texas ended in eastern New Mexico after tire deflation devices were used to stop the speeding sedan. Authorities say driver Christopher Sharp refused to stop early Sunday morning after being clocked by...