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NM seeking more Native American foster families

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico needs more Native Americans willing to serve as foster families. The governor made the appeal Wednesday at a forum with tribal leaders. New Mexicans willing to become foster families can contact the Children, Youth and Families Department. Under federal law, Native American children in state...

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Ex-state regulator gets probation for felonies

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. avoided a lengthy prison sentence Wednesday as a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies. Block had faced up to 4½ years...

$10.2M settlement reached in NM coal waste lawsuit

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A two-year legal battle over the disposal of millions of tons of coal combustion waste in northwestern New Mexico is on the verge of being settled with a $10.2 million agreement announced Wednesday by the Sierra Club, a BHP Billiton...

Albuquerque police shootings spur downtown rally

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of community groups and family members of those shot and killed by Albuquerque police are protesting against recent officer-involved shootings. Around three dozen protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon at Albuquerque...

Police: UNM student died from apparent suicide

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has died from an apparent suicide at a University of New Mexico fraternity house. Authorities say Garrett James Elders was found dead Tuesday at the UNM Sigma Chi house. Fellow members discovered his body after he...

Nearly 50 fed inmates moved from Luna County jail

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 50 federal prisoners have been transferred out of the Luna County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico because of overcrowding concerns. KOTS-AM reports (http://bit.ly/GYAUdV) that 48 federal inmates were removed from the...

Texas senator tries to block dunes lizard listing

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. Cornyn on Wednesday filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation that would block the...

Albuquerque police union executives step down

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president and vice president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association resigned Tuesday in the wake of New Mexico activists calling for a federal probe into recent city police shootings. President Joey Sigala and Vice...

NM Investment Council member Doug Brown resigns

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Investment Council member Doug Brown has resigned, saying he no longer has the time to serve on the board overseeing management of New Mexico’s permanent funds valued at more than $15 billion. Brown is the dean of the...

State forestry knows cause of Chimayo fire

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Forestry says the Chimayo fire was ignited when a property owner’s son was using battery jumper cables. Investigators determined the jumper cables were lying on the ground and set dry plants on fire when the...