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DOE awards management contract for WIPP

April 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A new group of contractors will be taking over management and operations of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico later this year. The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday it has awarded a five-year, $1.3 billion contract to Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC. The partnership includes URS...

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Student says Albuquerque teacher used headlock

April 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An elementary school teacher in Albuquerque is on paid leave after a 12-year-old student accused him of grabbing him and putting him in a headlock. The 5th grade student at Mary Ann Binford Elementary School tells KOAT-TV...

NM state police plan DWI crackdown in 3 counties

April 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Carlsbad, n.m. (AP) — State Police plan to be out in force this weekend in three southeastern New Mexico counties. Drivers will see more officers on the highways and may come across checkpoints as officers fan out across Eddy, Chaves and Lea counties. State...

Ex-Sunland Park mayor-elect, police chief indicted

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Sunland Park’s former Mayor-elect Daniel Salinas and its former acting police Chief Luis F. Monarez both were indicted Thursday on bribery and conspiracy charges. A Dona Ana County grand jury indicted Salinas on 18 criminal...

Albuquerque police shoot rifle-wielding man

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a dispute over drugs ended with an officer shooting an armed man in southeast Albuquerque. The man was undergoing surgery Thursday at UNM Hospital. Police didn’t release his name but said he has an extensive...

Panel proposes stricter NM horse racing standards

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Racing Commission wants to adopt stricter standards for horse racing and betting to help ensure the integrity of the sport. The commission announced Thursday that it has scheduled a public hearing May 2 on a proposal...

2 N M business partners charged in spa fraud case

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Vegas, N.M., city councilor and his business partner are facing securities fraud charges for bilking an investor out of $50,000 over a closed oxygen bar and spa in Albuquerque. State officials announced Thursday that...

Court: Online bookseller owes New Mexico sales tax

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nationally known online bookseller must pay more than a half million dollars in taxes for books, music and movies bought by customers in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals has ruled in a dispute over the state’s power to...

Ariz. regulators approve NM power plant purchase

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s one more step forward for a plan by Arizona’s largest utility to restructure ownership of a coal-fired power plant it operates in northwestern New Mexico. Arizona utility regulators have approved Arizona Public...

Police ticket 49 in Las Cruces crackdown

April 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces ticketed 49 drivers during a crackdown on seat belt and cell phone violators. Police say 20 drivers were cited for not wearing seat belts and 11 for using their cell phones while driving. The remaining tickets...