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Albuquerque officer explains fatal shooting of vet

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police detective testifying in a wrongful-death lawsuit said he feared for his own safety and that of fellow officers when he shot and killed an Iraq War veteran during a 2010 confrontation. Detective Brett Lampiris-Tremba also explained his decision to shoot Kenneth Ellis III by saying Ellis had told [&hellip...

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Retired officer arrested in counterfeiting case

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Santa Fe police sergeant is among three men accused of counterfeiting $100 bills. Anthony Rivera retired from the Santa Fe department in 2011. The 44-year-old, and his 34-year-old brother Dominic Rivera and their roommate,...

Health insurance exchange bill clears NM Senate

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange has passed the Senate with bipartisan support. A federal health care law calls for exchanges to serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to shop for medical coverage. The...

NM House OKs bill to lower marijuana penalties

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to lessen penalties for marijuana possession by adults cleared the House on Monday but faces a difficult deadline for getting through the Legislature before lawmakers adjourn. The measure was approved on a 37-33 vote and...

Shiprock man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man is facing a 19-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery. Federal prosecutors in New Mexico say 31-year-old Malcolm Altisi entered into a plea agreement Monday. They say...

NTSB says pilot in NM crash was warned about winds

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) — A preliminary report by federal investigators into the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed four people said the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions. The single-engine plane crashed March 2 during...

NM Senate approves film incentive sweetener

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to sweeten New Mexico’s incentives for television and film projects is close to clearing the Legislature. The Senate approved the House-passed proposal on a 32-8 vote Monday. New Mexico offers a 25 percent tax refund...

Senate confirms NM health, aging agency leaders

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has unanimously confirmed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s most recent appointees to cabinet-level jobs in her administration. Retta Ward was confirmed Monday as secretary of the Department of Health and Gino Rinaldi...

2 NM brothers plead guilty to meth trafficking

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man and his brother have pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges. New Mexico prosecutors say 28-year-old Jesus Omar Lopez-Valle, of Jarales, and Hector Manuel Lopez-Valle, of Albuquerque, have been in...

Treatment center for NM boys under investigation

March 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The use of restraints and other issues at a state-run treatment center in Albuquerque for mentally ill and violent boys has spurred investigations by the state Children, Youth and Families Department and the nonprofit Disability...