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San Miguel County infant dies from whooping cough

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says a San Miguel County infant has died from whooping cough. It’s the first pertussis-related infant death in the state since 2005. Health officials say the 2-month-old child died late last week. The name and gender of the infant isn’t immediately available. Infants cannot [&hellip...

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NM governor unveils wildfire-warning system

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state forestry officials on Monday unveiled a new statewide email notification system for alerting residents of potential dangers from wildfire. Martinez said the effort is aimed at raising...

City bus, van collide in Albuquerque, hurting 8

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A city bus and a van collided in Albuquerque on Monday, sending eight people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Albuquerque fire spokeswoman Melissa Romero says seven people on the bus were taken to various...

Provost: UNM professors consider leaving over pay

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents for the University of New Mexico have been warned that the school could lose up to 10 well-regarded faculty members if salaries remain at their current levels. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/J7vxuH)...

1 man arrested in Artesia double-shooting

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia police have arrested a man in a double-shooting that left one person dead. Thirty-five-year-old Osmond Viernes was arrested after police responded to a call about a shooting on Saturday night. One man identified as 30-year-old...

NM gets nearly $11M for health center improvements

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is getting nearly $11 million in federal funding to make improvements at several community health centers around the state. The grant funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman...

Federal help sought to avert flooding at NM pueblo

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government for help to prevent possible flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan say the northern...

Less than 100 inspectors to oversee 100K NM wells

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of oil and gas wells is steadily increasing in New Mexico, but there are still fewer than 100 state and federal inspectors to watch over them. The Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division...

Deming plant that got $500K city loan closing

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A food processing plant in Deming is closing its doors just four years after receiving a $500,000 city loan. City officials say they’ve just learned the Proper Foods plant plans to close and aren’t sure what they can do. Luna...

5-year-old Albuquerque boy dead of suspected abuse

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police says a 5-year-old Albuquerque boy who was allegedly abused by his mother’s boyfriend had died of his injuries. Police tell KOB-TV that Isaiah Ithurria was taken off life support and died of major head trauma on...