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Rocket launches from NM Spaceport

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Spaceport Authority officials say a rocket has successfully launched from the desert outpost. The advanced rocket designed and built by Armadillo Aerospace launched into space last weekend. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/rtEpE7 ) reports the test flight was a non-public event at the request of Armadillo Aerospace as...

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Guilty plea in 2008 killing of Las Cruces man

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One of the six men charged with killing a Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to murder. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/sODaH8 ) reports 37-year-old Jimmy Ray Martinez was set to go on trial Wednesday in the killing of...

NM approves smaller increase for Presbyterian

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Presbyterian Healthcare has received approval from New Mexico regulators for a rate increase, but it’s not as much as the company had hoped for. The state Insurance Division recently denied Presbyterian’s request for a 9.7...

Trial ends on NM congressional redistricting

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A trial that will decide new boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts wrapped up Tuesday with political science experts offering differing views on whether a Hispanic majority district should be established in the...

NM police get access to FBI’s new high-tech lab

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation office on Tuesday opened a new Albuquerque crime lab at the University of New Mexico campus that officials say will help streamline local investigations and give law enforcement agencies in the...

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico dealt with the aftermath Tuesday of a severe winter blast that left at least one person dead and closed more schools and highways in the southern part of the state. Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the...

Roswell man dies in weather-related crash

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell man has been killed while trying to free his vehicle after sliding off an icy roadway Tuesday morning. The police department says 36-year old Pedro Campos was attempting to chain two vehicles together when a third vehicle slid...

2 students charged with defacing national monument

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service says two University of New Mexico students allegedly inscribed their monikers “Super Duper Dana” and “Gabriel” within a few feet of a sign that reads, “It is unlawful to mark...

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

A New Mexico Department of Transportation truck spreads cinder on U.S. 550 west of Rio Rancho, N.M., after the state was slammed with severe winter weather Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Heavy snow, up to a foot in some parts of New Mexico, closed dozens of schools...

NM pension funds lost $2B during last quarter

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s pension funds for government workers and educators lost more than $2 billion in the past quarter because of a downturn in financial markets. A report by the Legislative Finance Committee said the value of assets in...