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NM agency eyes preventing taxpayer from meetings

May 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Elected members of a powerful state agency are discussing whether they should seek a restraining order to ban one taxpayer from their public meetings. Patrick Lyons, chairman of the state Public Regulation Commission, told his fellow commissioners Tuesday that he wanted to obtain a court order to prevent Martin de [&hellip...

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Protesters turn out for PNM shareholders meeting

May 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are continuing their push to see that a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico is closed. About 50 people from various environmental groups turned out Tuesday to protest during Public Service Company of...

NM pays $22M in credits to ‘Avengers’

May 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico shelled out millions in movie tax credits to have a co-starring role in “The Avengers.” KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/IZirew ) reports the state Taxation and Revenue Department says the production company behind the...

NM whoop cough cases up as fewer get shots

May 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of children in New Mexico who were exempt from required vaccinations has tripled, as the number of cases of whooping cough reported in the state spiked in recent years, state health officials said. A recent state report...

NM governor makes statewide drought declaration

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s no question it’s dry in New Mexico. Many argue that’s an understatement, including Gov. Susana Martinez. The governor on Tuesday issued a drought declaration covering all of New Mexico, confirming what...

Lawsuit: NM inmate raped by prison captain

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit says a former inmate of a New Mexico prison was repeatedly raped by a captain and prison authorities thwarted a federal investigation into the rapes. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Valencia County district court...

Jury gives guilty decision in deputy killed case

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe jury decided Tuesday that a man convicted of killing a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy is guilty of aggravated circumstances in the murder, setting up a hearing for a possible death penalty. The guilty decision...

Gov. Martinez’s PAC reports raising $77K

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s political organization raked in more than $77,000 during a five-week period as she aims to make GOP gains in the New Mexico Legislature. Susana PAC reported Monday raising the money during the reporting...

Body found on NMSU campus IDed as restaurant owner

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A body found at New Mexico State University has been identified as a Las Cruces businessman who operated restaurants not far from campus. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/JG4kMt ) reports NMSU Police say 32-year-old La Var...

Nageezi man pleads guilty in NM highway crash

May 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Nageezi man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/IUY9CS) reports that...