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Martinez: I never supported Ariz.-style law in NM

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she never supported an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants in New Mexico but understands the “frustration felt by Arizonans” due to the lack of federal action on immigration reform. Martinez issued the statement Monday in response to the Supreme Court decision throwing out provisions...

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Martinez: NM anti-prostitution laws need updating

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state laws aimed at fighting prostitution are outdated and need to be fixed to help authorities go after online sites that promote prostitution, Gov. Susan Martinez said Monday. Martinez told The Associated Press that she...

Fruitland man gets prison time in firearm case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Fruitland man has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Donovan Cortez was sentenced Monday and will be on supervised release for two years...

Woman surrenders in Dona Ana County stalking case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman wanted on suspicion of stalking her former boyfriend has surrendered to New Mexico authorities. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say 37-year-old Jennifer Woods voluntarily surrendered Monday at the San Juan...

Martinez urges NM administrators to fix colleges

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susan Martinez challenged leaders of the state’s colleges and universities Monday to develop a plan to fix schools’ remedial programs amid a scathing report faulting the state’s high education institutions for...

Kewa Pueblo man pleads guilty in machete killing

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the machete killing of another Kewa Pueblo resident. Federal prosecutors in Albuquerque say 22-year-old Adrian Chavez entered a plea agreement Monday. He faces a maximum penalty of...

NM immigrant students praised for early role

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Obama administration’s announced earlier this month that some illegal immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, college-aged immigrants across the nation cheered and texted each other in excitement. But...

New wildfire near Magdalena Ridge Observatory

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MAGDALENA, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says more than 120 firefighters are battling a new wildfire just southeast of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory/Langmuir Lab. The Magdalena Ranger District reported Sunday that the 60-acre blaze is burning on the...

Police: Dad, son start fight at NM pot dispensary

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a 42-year-old father and his 15-year-old son are facing charges after the pair got into a violent altercation with the owners of an Albuquerque medical marijuana dispensary. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Mk0k5o) that...

Police: 11-year-old steals bait car in Albuquerque

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a bait car used to catch would-be auto thieves has caught an unlikely suspect — an 11-year-old boy. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/MhrD2C) that a police video released last week shows an 11-year-old boy...