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2 stubborn NM wildfires continue to grow

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two raging wildfires on opposite ends of New Mexico continue to grow amid dangerously dry conditions. Fire officials say the Silver Fire, the blaze racing through parts of southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, expanded Wednesday to more than 134 square miles. Meanwhile, officials say the lightning-sparked Jaroso Fire...

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NM current insurance regulator to remain in office

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini was selected Wednesday to remain as New Mexico’s top insurance regulator when his office becomes an independent governmental agency next month. A nine-member committee named...

NM advocates praise high court’s gay marriage move

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage mark a step toward equal protection for same-sex couples but the decisions don’t have an immediate effect on state law. King...

Las Cruces toddler fatally struck by mom’s truck

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Las Cruces toddler who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by his mother. Las Cruces police say 24-year-old Sylvia Carriana Alvarado was moving a pickup truck from one side of her...

Suicidology expert testifies in NM murder trial

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A suicidology expert has testified in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife. Dr. Allan Berman was called by the defense Wednesday morning. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/10lHrrf ) says Berman...

NM weekly newspaper’s cover with draw fire

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An alternative newsweekly in Santa Fe is drawing fire over its cover with an image of a woman in a bikini who strongly resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10V7doF) that Catholics around New Mexico are upset...

Police: Farmington bank ATM stolen

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an ATM has been stolen from a Farmington bank. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/19x6A4N) that the theft Sunday marked the second straight weekend that bandits ripped off an ATM from a bank in...

NM man indicted for tossing mom off bridge

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who told Albuquerque police he beat, stabbed then threw his mother over a bridge into the Rio Grande because he believed she was a “clone” has been indicted. A Bernalillo County grand jury indicted...

Albuquerque man tries to bust into ATM with car

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing numerous charges after being accused of using his car to try to pry open an ATM. Police say 42-year-old Michael Betz is being charged with commercial burglary, conspiracy, aggravated fleeing, criminal...

Whistleblower to get $1.8M as part of settlement

June 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a whistleblower who sparked a civil claim against a global defense contractor for allegedly overbilling the government for homeland security training programs will get more than $1.8 million as part of his...

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