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NM man who pulled own tooth in jail awarded $22M

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $22 million to a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. Civil rights attorney Matt Coyte said the jury awarded Stephen Slevin, 58, the [&hellip...

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Male skier dies at Ski Valley

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A male skier has been killed in an accident at Taos Ski Valley. A spokesman for the ski area says the man died Tuesday afternoon. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/y88pWR ) reports the ski patrol responded to the scene and took the skier to a medical...

Lawsuit protection bill builds for NM Spaceport

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Commissioners have unanimously signed off on a state bill that would restrict space travelers’ right to sue certain contractors in most cases of injury or death. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/wHJtie )...

Former Richardson spokesman seeks benefits

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000. The Albuquerque Journal reports Gallegos has filed...

Man arrested for alleged horse rustling

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A case of horse rustling in northern New Mexico. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/yQ9SZi ) reports state livestock authorities arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with stealing 41 horses over the past year from people in the...

Immigrant activists rally on NM driver’s licenses

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Marina Pena, lower left, an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, “We Are a United People,” leads a group of protesters at a rally Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, N.M. Somos Un Pueblo Unido organized the rally...

Second person dead after Santa Fe shootings

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A second person has died in a shooting in Santa Fe as police searched Tuesday for the suspect. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Theresa Vigil, 51, died of a gunshot wound to the head. A teenage boy was found dead at the...

Martinez urging stronger child abuse laws

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging lawmakers to lengthen prison time for child abusers and drunk drivers who kill children. The governor announced Tuesday that her new proposal would increase penalties for child abusers from three years to...

Pleas entered in elder abuse death case

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico women appeared in court and entered not guilty pleas on charges that they neglected an elderly family member found bed-bound in a squalid trailer with missing toes that had been bitten off by animals. Prosecutors have...

Commission considers shorter NM state fair

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Closing the New Mexico State Fair on Mondays and Tuesdays over the past few years hasn’t saved as much money as hoped, so the commission that runs the annual event might shorten the fair from 17 days to 12. “The dark...