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Officials: Bedbugs force NM motel to close rooms

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A troubled Albuquerque motel faced with complaints over mice, roaches, and plumbing issues has been ordered to close five to six of its rooms. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/NE91Z6) that city officials ordered Friday that Pioneer Motel close the rooms due to bedbugs. City officials say the owner is being cooperative, and the...

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Mexico tile company opens in Santa Teresa

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and the Chihuahua, Mexico-based Interceramic have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new 80,000-square-foot Santa Teresa facility. The ceremony Friday celebrating the new location of the company’s newest...

NM economy losing jobs, mainly in government

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports New Mexico and two other states had the nation’s largest percentage job losses last month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there was a 0.5 percent employment drop from May to June in New...

NM prison inmate hospitalized after attack

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility is at a Las Cruces hospital after being assaulted by other inmates. The New Mexico Corrections Department Security Threat Unit and New Mexico State Police are investigating....

NM Finance Authority's ex-accountant pleads guilty

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former accountant for the New Mexico Finance Authority has pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion for stealing $59,000 from the agency that’s embroiled in a scandal over a fake financial audit. The Taxation and Revenue...

Shuffling at NM wildlife agency triggers concerns

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that reorganizing the New Mexico Game and Fish Department could spell trouble for the state’s nongame animals and programs aimed at conserving threatened and endangered species. Not so, the...

Missing woman in New Mexico found safe in Phoenix

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a woman who went missing after abandoning her car east of Las Cruces has been found safe in Phoenix. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators became concerned for 58-year-old Marguerite Goodman’s...

Drug cartel member testifies in NM gun raid trial

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An associate of a Mexican drug cartel says he told members of a Deming family that the guns he purchased from them were bound for battle with a rival cartel. Jose Roman made the comments Thursday in the trial of New Deal Shooting...

Feds charge 23 with illegal gun possession

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 23 people have been charged with illegally owning guns as part of a gang crackdown in Farmington and San Juan County. At a press conference in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzalez says 16 people have been indicted...

State investigating cause of stomach illness in 11

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a dozen people who say they ate food from a booth at a Santa Fe folk art market last weekend have reported stomach illnesses. Frank Fiore is the acting chief of the state Environment Department’s Health Bureau. He tells...