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Farmington police face abuse lawsuit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two American Indian families have filed a lawsuit against the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Farmington Police Department over alleged abuse of power. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://goo.gl/KefO4) that the suit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says authorities in March pulled over an elderly couple...

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State: Albuquerque groundwater scare false alarm

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental officials say the reported discovery of a possible Superfund groundwater site beneath southeast Albuquerque appears to have been a false alarm. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/zWaVu) that the New...

Lab: ‘Unauthorized visitors’ spur LANL firings

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force were fired because of “unauthorized visitors” at the shooting range. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://goo.gl/YSQ79) that the lab said...

Workers asked to pay more for retirement benefits

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and local government workers and educators could see their take-home pay shrink in the next several years under proposals to have them contribute more out of their salaries for retirement benefits. Taxpayers also would chip in...

NM father sentenced for role in daughter’s death

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mescalero man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of his 6-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 37 months in prison. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Nathaniel Chee III was sentenced Tuesday in...

Rail line opens after southern NM train derailment

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Mexico rail line is back open following a train derailment. Television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Tu6164) the derailment happened Tuesday night north of Las Cruces. It involved a freight...

Mexican gray wolf program sparks another lawsuit

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over what environmentalists claim is the agency’s failure to implement decade-old recommendations aimed at boosting recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The Center for...

Commission exempts NM lab from animal ordinance

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County commissioners have decided to exempt a large research laboratory from the county’s animal protection laws. The commission voted to approve the amended animal welfare ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. With...

NM deputy shooting nabs ‘person of interest’

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A man arrested in the shooting of a Lea County sheriff’s deputy is a person of interest in two recent Chaves County murders. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RipsPV) that Chaves County Sheriff’s Department says Juan Uribe-Vidal...

Cudi man pleads guilty in fatal DWI crash

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico man faces up to 8 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a fatal DWI crash outside Shiprock. The U.S. attorney’s office in Albuquerque says 20-year-old Jervis...