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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 accused of misconduct contested their firings, suspensions or other discipline. Mayor Richard Berry...

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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...

NM man accused in 2 killings fit to stand trial

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has deemed a 54-year-old man mentally fit to stand trial on charges that he fatally shot two people in January over a late rent payment. Arthur Anaya is charged with fatally shooting 16-year-old Austin Urban and 51-year-old...

Judge denies release for NM man in radar shooting

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge denied a request to release from jail a Santa Fe man who is accused of shooting up a parked speed-enforcement SUV so that he can seek medical and mental health evaluations. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

Bond reduced for former Sunland Park official

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge has lowered the bond for a former Sunland Park official who faces fraud, kickback and bribery charges. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/JL55Cr) that District Judge Jacinto Palomino reduced Sunland Park’s...

Board to seek deal to furnish Santa Fe courthouse

May 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Board of Finance expressed reluctance on Monday to provide a requested $1 million to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe and will try to negotiate to have Santa Fe County pay at least part of the costs. The board...