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Correction: Endangered Wolves-Livestock story

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about grant funding to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, The Associated Press misidentified the New Mexico agency that would receive federal funding. The grant will be awarded to the Department of Agriculture. A corrected version of the story is below: $850K granted for wolf-livestock programs...

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Union wants state buildings tested for hazards

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public employees union urged Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration on Wednesday to test state buildings near downtown Santa Fe for possible environmental contamination to determine whether it’s a source of worker health...

Former Albuquerque firefighter sentenced to prison

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque firefighter has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for structuring drug trafficking proceeds. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Steve Chavez also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release...

AG won’t challenge NM county’s same-sex marriages

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he will not challenge a move by a Dona Ana County clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. King told reporters Wednesday at a news conference that he didn’t believe state laws...

NM revenues projected to grow by $296M next year

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Economic growth in New Mexico should provide $296 million in new revenue next year, potentially allowing a 5 percent spending increase on public education and other government programs, according to a financial forecast released...

Driver’s licenses for immigrants declining in NM

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As more states are preparing to give driving privileges to immigrants who illegally entered the U.S., heavily Hispanic New Mexico appears headed in the other direction. The state is issuing fewer driver’s licenses to them, with...

Martinez proposes NM effort on Alzheimer’s

August 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is creating a new position in state government to help New Mexicans cope with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Martinez says creating the position is part of a plan to meet caregiver...

NM court asked to expedite gay marriage ruling

August 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A same-sex couple from Santa Fe has asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to streamline the handling of lawsuits seeking to legalize gay marriage in the state. Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat and lawyer for the couple, said Tuesday...

Shiprock man gets prison for 2nd-degree murder

August 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to 19 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery. Federal prosecutors in New Mexico say 32-year-old Malcolm Altisi also was sentenced Tuesday to two...

NM gun store: 1,500 prairie dogs shot in hunt

August 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico gun shop owner who sponsored a prairie dog hunting contest says hunters bagged around 1,500 of the squirrel-like creatures during a weeklong competition. Gunhawk Firearms owner Mark Chavez told The Associated Press on...