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Mexican man sentenced in Albuquerque bank robbery

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in connection with an armed bank robbery in Albuquerque. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Edwin Vismar Urena-Hernandez was sentenced Monday and will be deported back to Mexico after he completes his 144-month prison term. Urena-Hernandez, from Sinaloa, has been in federal...

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Minimum retirement age of 55 proposed for teachers

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees. The...

State Fair Commission approves Downs lease

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Fair Commission has approved a 25-year lease with the Downs at Albuquerque that will allow the Downs to build a new casino on the south end of the fairgrounds. KOB-TV says the commission made its decision on a 4-3 vote...

FBI: Unknown woman not NM sex torture victim

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An unidentified woman who authorities thought was another victim of convicted sex torturer and suspected serial killer David Parker Ray has come forward. The Federal Bureau of Investigations in Albuquerque announced Monday that the...

Groups ready for 2nd hearing over emissions rules

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly two dozen groups are gearing up to support regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico. The state Environmental Improvement Board has scheduled a public hearing in early December to consider petitions...

NM officer in surgery after hit by drunk driver

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer is in surgery after authorities say a driver under the influence of alcohol dragged the officer and ran over his right leg. Police said officer Justin Montgomery was injured Sunday following a stop of...

Bookkeeper to testify on real estate Ponzi scheme

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some...

Santa Fe teacher named state’s top educator

November 21, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — MaryBeth Britton got called into the principal’s office earlier this month. It was a surprise for the Pecos High School teacher, given she could not recall that happening when she was a student. But Principal Fred Trujillo had a...

Santa Fe putting the boot on parking scofflaws

November 21, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Parking scofflaws in Santa Fe can expect to have their car disabled by a device called a boot, and might even find themselves hauled into court if they continue to ignore unpaid parking tickets. The city’s new parking division...

Europe treated to works by O’Keeffe

November 21, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fame followed Georgia O’Keeffe through New York’s art galleries and across the desolate landscapes of the Southwest. But beyond America’s shores, her work is relatively unknown. For the first time, her iconic...