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State District Judge Bob Schwartz dies at age 62

November 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State District Judge Bob Schwartz, a former district attorney who helped prosecute some of the biggest crimes in Albuquerque history, has died at age 62. Schwartz died Monday at a Rio Rancho hospital. His death was confirmed to The Associated Press by the Second Judicial District administrator’s office. Chief District Judge...

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Albuquerque man says he shot teen in self-defense

November 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man was arrested on aggravated battery and other charges after he shot a 13-year-old boy outside his home. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/X2QbCI) that 42-year-old Michael Zamora shot the boy...

NM attorney general to investigate voting problems

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King’s office is investigating why Rio Rancho voters had to wait in line for hours to cast ballots after polls closed in last week’s election. King said in a statement Monday he was concerned about...

Oldest NM survivor of Bataan Death March dies

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who was the state’s oldest survivor of World War II’s infamous Bataan Death March has died at the age of 99. Virgil Wallace was being buried with full military honors Monday afternoon in Tatum, according to...

NM Legislature underwent election-year face lift

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a third of the 112 members of Legislature will be new to the House and Senate when lawmakers convene in January, and that could end up helping Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her push to end driver’s licenses for...

Documents: NM woman tried to mail pot to inmate

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after authorities say she tried to mail marijuana taped to a picture of a transformer to an inmate. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/UD7NOn) that 33-year-old Melissa “Fierce”...

Woman accused of driving kids while drinking beer

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque woman caught driving twice the speed limit and drinking alcohol with two children in her car has been booked on one count of child abuse. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/SeSNpv) cites a criminal...

Santa Fe tries to get more businesses to recycle

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe didn’t meet its goal of doubling its recycling tonnage over the past year, but the amount of recyclable materials delivered to a regional processing facility is rising. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

City mulls where to put giant roadrunner statue

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — City officials in Las Cruces are considering where to relocate the city’s giant statue of a roadrunner. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/SbZ3hM) that the 20-foot-tall, 40-foot-long statue is currently in the...

Source of hazardous release in NM remains unknown

November 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the origin of a substance that led to the evacuation of an industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas state line and sickened about 200 people remains unknown. Capt. Rich Libicer of the New Mexico State Police tells...