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Cancer patient joins NM ‘right-to-die’ law fight

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer said Wednesday that she is joining two doctors in their challenge against a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits physicians from helping terminally ill patients die. Aja Riggs, 48, is joining a lawsuit that seeks to clarify a state law that makes assisted [&hellip...

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NM coach accused in a sexual exploitation case

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested a public school basketball coach in Las Cruces on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child. Las Cruces police announced Wednesday that 32-year-old Erik B. Khan is accused of 15 felony counts....

Las Cruces toddler killed by family dog is ID’d

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a baby girl who was fatally mauled by her family’s dog in Las Cruces. Las Cruces police say the child’s grandmother appears to have been accidentally shot by a neighbor who was trying...

Astorga denies killing in NM death penalty trial

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County deputy and faces the death penalty has denied killing the deputy. Michael Astorga took the witness stand Wednesday in his own death penalty sentencing trial and said he did not kill...

Bernalillo Co. commissioner censured after photo

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An embattled Bernalillo county commissioner, under fire for a controversy over photos of him in Philippines red-light district, has been publicly censured. Michael Wiener was censured Wednesday by a 3-0 vote following harsh...

‘Breaking Bad’ star to lead NM softball team

May 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At least he hopes to hit a breaking ball. Emmy-Award winning actor Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White in the Albuquerque-based TV show “Breaking Bad,” announced Tuesday that he will participate in a celebrity...

UNM women’s swimming coach quits after 7 seasons

May 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico head women’s swimming coach Tracy Ljone has resigned after completing her seventh season at the school. The resignation was announced Tuesday by the university. The Lobos never finished higher than sixth place at...

Las Cruces toddler is fatally mauled by family dog

May 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a baby girl has been fatally mauled by her family’s dog in Las Cruces. Las Cruces police say the child’s grandmother appears to have been accidentally shot by a neighbor who was trying to stop the animal...

Ex-tribal leader’s hit-and-run conviction affirmed

May 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of Pojoaque (poh-WAH’-kay) Pueblo’s former lieutenant governor for leaving the scene of an accident in which she hit and killed a pedestrian in 2009. A three-judge panel of...

NM high school’s computer glitch causes GPA errors

May 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A computer glitch at a New Mexico high school led to a batch of incorrect grade-point averages that graduating seniors have been sending to universities and scholarship programs. Vannetta Perry, interim superintendent of Socorro High...