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NM horse racing industry backs reforms, oversight

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The horse racing industry Wednesday lined up behind a proposal to adopt tougher oversight and penalties at the state’s tracks, which were recently identified as having the worst safety record in the nation. Horse and track owners and a jockey’s union were among those who spoke in support of a New [&hellip...

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NM Guard members recall extraordinary rescue

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Of the nearly 1,500 missions the New Mexico National Guard flew in Afghanistan in the past 10 months, no one will forget the one of Jan. 12 — especially not Capt. Kevin Doo, Spc. Mark Edens and Sgt. Robert Hardisty. Last Jan. 12,...

NMHU police chief gets ‘no-confidence’ vote

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Officers with New Mexico Highlands University police and security department have given their chief a vote of no-confidence following a dispute over an officer monitoring system. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/KqBnkH) that...

2 top Santa Fe County Jail officials fired

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two top Santa Fe County jail officials have been fired, but the county’s public safety director isn’t saying why KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/IGTupF) that Warden David Trujillo and Assistant Warden Ted Peperas were fired...

Albuquerque fires personnel-hearing officer

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials have fired a retired New Mexico University professor who served as a hearing officer in personnel hearings after accusing him of bias. T. Zane Reeves had a two-year contract to oversee hearings where employees...

NM reviews concealed handgun reciprocal agreements

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is reviewing New Mexico’s agreements to honor concealed handgun permits issued by other states. Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden said Tuesday that New Mexico has reciprocal...

Ex-officials face new charges related to lap dance

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Another round of charges has been filed against officials in the troubled border town of Sunland Park, accusing the ex-mayor-elect of using taxpayer funds to arrange a topless lap dance video that was used to try to force his...

Michelle Obama wraps up campaign swing in NM

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama wrapped up a two-day, four-state campaign swing in New Mexico Tuesday, visiting servicemen and women and speaking at a private fundraiser. The first lady landed at Kirtland Air Force Base just before 2 p.m....

Las Cruces to cut off utilities for unpaid fines

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — State regulators lack jurisdiction to halt controversial plans by Las Cruces to collect $2 million in delinquent red-light camera fines by shutting off the utilities of motorists who have racked up the penalties. The city began...

NM releases rape prevention video for inmates

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have released a new video aimed at helping prisoners avoid being raped or sexually assaulted while incarcerated. The New Mexico Corrections Department announced that all current and incoming inmates will be...