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Rio Grande bird hunting restriction may be lifted

August 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jim Bates didn’t know he was doing something illegal. He and many other sportsmen had long hunted along the banks of the Rio Grande, bringing home the dove, quail and waterfowl drawn to the water. There were “no trespassing” signs on the federal levees nearby, but there was an understanding [&hellip...

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UNM ‘censure’ professor over ‘obese’ tweet

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico formally censured Tuesday a psychology professor after he tweeted that people battling obesity don’t have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees. In a statement, the school said Geoffrey...

Marijuana seized during stops at NM checkpoints

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Searches at two border checkpoints in southern New Mexico have netted nearly 300 pounds of marijuana. Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations seized 177 pounds of pot Monday night after the drugs...

Rio Rancho couple wins $7.6M lottery jackpot in NM

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho couple has claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery. Doug Barnard and his wife Roberta came forward Tuesday with the winning ticket from last Saturday’s drawing. The odds of winning a...

Raton declares disaster due to rain, flooding

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Raton city commissioners have declared a disaster because of recent heavy rains and flooding. Mayor Bobby Ledoux describes pot holes around the northeastern New Mexico community as immense and says some streets have been destroyed. Ledoux...

Jury selection continues in Okla. couple’s killing

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors expect to seat a jury this week in the case of an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired couple who was traveling through New Mexico. Jury selection is in its third week for...

Murder trial in bloody Farmington beating begins

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The trial of an Arizona man accused of beating a Farmington man to death, but who later had his drunken confession tossed, began Monday with bloody details of the scene and the body found by police. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Ex-legislator becomes Republican for NM House bid

August 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch plans to run for his former legislative seat in southern New Mexico but this time as a Republican. Nunez said Tuesday he’s changed his party affiliation to the GOP after being an independent...

Court dismisses appeal in behavioral health case

August 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Behavioral health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud lost an appeal Monday of a ruling that allows New Mexico to continue to withhold Medicaid payments. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Man is fatally shot at a NM fundraising event

August 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot at fundraising event in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say 36-year-old Japheth Seaman was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound Sunday and later died. Authorities...