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Ariz. man pleads guilty in child prostitution case

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PHOENIX (AP) — A Paradise Valley businessman accused in a child prostitution case last year has pleaded guilty to attempt to commit pandering. Maricopa County prosecutors say 53-year-old Michael C. Gilliland entered his plea Monday. His faces an Oct. 9 sentencing. Gilliland founded Sunflower Farmers Market, which has 35 retail stores in Arizona,...

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UNM suspends sophomore DB for team rules violation

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico sophomore defensive back Devonta Tabannah has been suspended from the football team and won’t play in Saturday’s season-opening game. Lobos coach Bob Davie announced Monday that the suspension is for a...

Sapphire Energy starts up algae plant in NM

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Sapphire Energy says operations are now under way at its algae biomass plant in southern New Mexico. The California-based company made the announcement Monday. Construction on the $135 million demonstration plant in Columbus began in...

Court rules for oil companies in royalties dispute

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled in favor of the oil industry in a dispute over whether two companies owed the state nearly $25 million in royalties for natural gas and oil produced on state land. The court’s unanimous...

Martinez comes to the aid of Juarez boy with tumor

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 9-year-old Ciudad Juarez boy who is suffering from a massive tumor has a supporter in New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez. The Republican governor recently sent a letter to federal immigration authorities asking that the boy Homeland...

Martinez GOP speech rescheduled, goes before Ryan

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The scheduled speech by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez at the Republican National Convention has been rescheduled thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac. Martinez is scheduled to speak Wednesday around 8 p.m. New Mexico time, right before GOP...

Search on for victims of NM man in porn ring case

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are looking for possible victims of a New Mexico man who authorities say talked about raping and cooking children and is charged in a massive child porn investigation. Richard Dates was ordered held...

Colorado man, Virginia woman dead in NM crash

August 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man and a Virginia woman have died in a fiery New Mexico highway crash. New Mexico state police say the crash happened on Interstate 40 near the eastern New Mexico town of Santa Rosa late Saturday night. A semi-truck...

Curry Co. official questions report delay

August 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Curry County Commissioner wants to know why county officials said a report about a jail assault was just being started when it appeared to have been nearly complete. County Attorney Steve Doerr had claimed the report was ordered after...

Man killed in Albuquerque motorcycle wreck ID-ed

August 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have identified a man who died when he lost control of his motorcycle on an Albuquerque freeway. Police spokeswoman officer Tasia Martinez says 52-year-old Albuquerque resident Fred Drake was riding his...