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Judge won’t lift freeze on mental health payments

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico can continue to freeze payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied a request from eight nonprofit providers for a restraining order to stop the state Human...

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NM court rules in domestic well permitting case

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s process for issuing permits for domestic water wells is constitutional. The court also acknowledged the legal tensions created by competing demands for water in...

Albuquerque chief’s interview comments draw fire

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz is drawing fire for saying “nature was at play” when he was asked during an interview about officers’ extramarital affairs — behavior that figured in a philandering former...

NM sheriffs, Texas troopers meet with club owners

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Joining a shift among law enforcement agencies across the country, a group of New Mexico sheriffs, federal agents and a dozen Texas state troopers met with adult club owners in Albuquerque Thursday to discuss ways to battle sex...

Pearce attacks GOP congressman’s immigrant remarks

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman Steve Pearce says a fellow Republican congressman’s comments comparing young college-age immigrants to drug mules are “unproductive” and “divisive.” The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Exceptional drought lessens grip on NM

July 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There has been enough rain in New Mexico to lessen wildfire danger and to cause flooding, but it’s still dry. A map released Thursday by federal climatologists shows a big swath of severe and exceptional drought stretching...

Police: 2 dead after shooting at Albuquerque home

July 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a shooting in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say officers responded to a home in response to a shooting call about 8 p.m. Wednesday. They say a woman called police to say there was a...

NM man arrested after SWAT team standoff at home

July 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former South Carolina law enforcement officer is in police custody in New Mexico after a SWAT team standoff at his Santa Fe home. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials say 44-year-old George Smith was taken to a hospital to be...

NM man sentenced after meth trafficking conviction

July 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 40-year-old Donald Keith Colvin was given a 121-month prison term followed by three years of supervised release....

Correction: Driver’s License Fraud story

July 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — In a story July 23 about driver’s license fraud, The Associated Press reported erroneously Veronica Diaz’s plea in the case based on information provided by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Diaz entered what is...