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Outside political groups spent nearly $4M in NM

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two outside political groups free from New Mexico’s campaign contribution limits spent nearly $4 million to influence legislative races, which ended up with Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate. According to a campaign finance report filed on Thursday, a political committee with ties to Republican Gov. Susana...

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NM to receive $25M federal grant for education

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials were elated Thursday after getting word that the state will receive $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education over four years to improve early education. It was news the state had...

McMillan wins recount to retain House seat

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — State Rep. Terry McMillan of Las Cruces has survived a tight challenge for his House seat. After a two-and-a-half day recount, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins Thursday declared McMillan the winner of New Mexico House District 37 by...

Hobbs couple claims a $2 million Powerball prize

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lottery officials say a couple from Hobbs has claimed a $2 million prize from a recent Powerball game. Joe and Lisa Woodruff say they didn’t know their winning ticket was worth that much until they arrived Thursday...

Jury probes into NM police shootings may resume

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she plans to begin tackling a backlog of 10 police shooting cases by February amid a federal probe into Albuquerque police. Brandenburg told the Albuquerque Journal...

Redford teams up with NM school on scholarships

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oscar winner Robert Redford is teaming up with a Santa Fe school on a scholarship program for artists and filmmakers. The program will be funded by the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Redford will help pick award recipients of...

Inmate accused in nun’s death faces arson charge

December 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing a nun on the Navajo Nation tried to set the bed sheets in his cell on fire this week. Santa Fe sheriff’s Lt. William Pacheco says 21-year-old Reehahlio Carroll now faces a petty...

Change of venue in murder trial of ex-NM policeman

December 6, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A change in venue has been granted for next year’s trial of a former Albuquerque police accused of killing his wife. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/TDlXPU) reports that the defense motioned Wednesday to move Levi Chavez’s trial...

Senate approves NNSA reform study

December 6, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s proposed study of ways to reform oversight of the nation’s nuclear facilities. The measure by Udall, a Democrat, and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was added to the...

NM probation officer accused of sexual assault

December 6, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was supervising has been arrested. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Gordon Chavez was arrested Tuesday Chavez works as a probation officer for the New...