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Legislation would toughen human trafficking laws

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation supported by Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry would toughen New Mexico’s laws against human trafficking. The legislation to be introduced by Reps. Monica Youngblood and Tim Lewis this week would require people convicted of human trafficking to register as sex offenders when trafficking...

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Fraud allegedly targeted Dell Computers

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico The...

Albuquerque officials eye changes to police review

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two members of the Albuquerque City Council say they want the city to consider changing how it oversees the Police Department. Councilors Dan Lewis and Don Harris are proposing a study to consider ways to revamp the existing system...

Fire in Albuquerque home kills family dog

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Fire Department says a family dog died after the owners of a home returned home and found it full of smoke. One of the owners took the dog to an animal hospital but it did not survive. Meanwhile, firefighters put out...

Mesilla mulls creation of online payment system

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Town trustees in Mesilla are considering whether to create an online payment system for its more than 1,000 utility customers. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/VEYvEw) that if town officials approve the proposal, it...

Prisoner in Los Lunas dies, cause to be determined

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Los Lunas has died. The Albuquerque Journal quotes (http://bit.ly/X1aI4f) officials as saying that prisoner William Owens was being treated for a serious medical condition. The cause of death will be...

NM’s bankruptcy filings fell for 2nd straight year

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico decreased in 2012 for the second straight year. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/X2Mdp3) that the state saw a 15 percent drop in filings from 5,674 in 2011 to 4,811 in 2012. The 2012...

NM improves data compilation for background checks

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s effort to provide mental-health records for a federal database used in background checks for gun buyers had been lacking until about 18 months ago. New Mexico is one of three dozen states that rely on the FBI to...

State: 7 in 10 NM births paid for by Medicaid

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid, according to a recent state analysis. The study by the state Legislative Finance Committee showed 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in the state during 2010 were...

NM gun show attendance could double amid new laws

January 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at a southeastern New Mexico gun show scheduled this weekend is expected to double as gun owners race to purchase assault weapons that soon could be banned. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/V4wkyU) that...