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Albuquerque least prepared for bio-terror attack

December 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — If Albuquerque faces a bio-terror assault, would it be prepared? A new study suggests the Albuquerque area is the least prepared metro area in the country if one happens. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/tRRJZN ) reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the city of Albuquerque, its four surrounding counties and the...

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Jail boss finalists interviewed in Curry County

December 16, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Four candidates on Curry County’s short list for jail administrator faced their potential boss Wednesday. County Manager Lance Pyle and six members of a panel appointed by Pyle were expected to make their recommendation to replace...

Supreme Court rules in unemployment veto case

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation aimed at shoring up New Mexico’s unemployment compensation fund was reinstated Wednesday when the state Supreme Court invalidated a partial veto by Gov. Susana Martinez. The court said that the governor’s...

Tragic wrong turn survivor welcomed home

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 86-year-old Albuquerque man who lost his wife after a tragic wrong in the Arizona mountains is back home. Lani Sexton, the daughter of Dana Davis, says her father got a warm welcome from his church community on their return to...

Closing arguments made in NM emissions case

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing over whether New Mexico should uphold regulations for curbing greenhouse gas emissions has wrapped up after a week and a half of testimony and public comment. At stake is a plan by the group New Energy Economy that was...

Workers report cameras inside restroom

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — An investigation is under way in Rio Rancho after employees at a small, home-based business in the River’s Edge neighborhood claim they found a recording device in the bathroom. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/uAxnnS ) reports employees...

DA objects to venue change in Astorga death case

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The presiding Criminal Division judge in Bernalillo County is expected to hear arguments on District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s request to keep a high-profile murder trial in Albuquerque or move it out of Santa Fe. The...

NM reaches settlement over air quality violations

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc. has reached an $800,000 settlement with the New Mexico Environment Department over air quality violations at a natural gas-fired power plant in southeastern New Mexico. The settlement, the largest...

Ex-Richardson officials goes before grand jury

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two former campaign officials of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have appeared before a federal grand jury looking into a possible probe of the former governor. Amanda Cooper, Richardson’s deputy campaign manager during...

Portales says ‘yes’ to selling liquor on Sunday

December 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Portales voters approved Sunday restaurant alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials tell the Portales...