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Colo. police arrest NM man in Four Corners killing

April 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Colorado authorities have arrested a New Mexico man in connection with the shooting death of a Four Corners man earlier this week. KOB-TV reports La Plata, Colo., deputies arrested 18-year-old Elijah Anglin on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Joey Benavidez of Ignacio. Authorities are also...

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Shakedown at state prison uncovers inmate weapons

April 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An unusually high number of handmade weapons called shanks were found during a prison shakedown, New Mexico officials said, suggesting more violence had been planned at the lockup. The crackdown at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south...

Launch Thursday at Spaceport America

April 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America officials say they have successfully launched the tenth rocket from the southern New Mexico launch site. The SpaceLoft-6 reached the highest altitude on record for a launch for the spaceport north of Dona Ana...

Justice Petra Jimenez Maes elected chief justice

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has a new chief justice, but someone who’s very familiar with the job. Justice Petra Jimenez Maes was sworn in as chief justice on Wednesday for a two-year term. She held the position from 2003 to...

Supreme Court to hear election filing challenges

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve a dispute over whether candidates, including the Senate’s top leader, should remain on this year’s ballot despite missing information in their election paperwork. The...

Legal bills for redistricting could top $5 million

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The legal cost of redrawing political maps in New Mexico could cost taxpayers more than $5 million this year. The Albuquerque Journal reports lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez filed a petition with retired state District Judge James...

Ugandans visit natural gas well sites in NM

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

NAVAJO DAM, N.M. (AP) — A delegation of diplomats from the Republic of Uganda visited natural gas well sites in northwest New Mexico to learn about technology that may help them back home. The office of energy programs for the state department says the...

Curry County voters reject jail bond

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Voters in eastern New Mexico said Tuesday that now is not the time to spend $9 million on a jail in Curry County. They rejected by 68 votes a bond proposal to expand and renovate the jail. County officials say that because of...

Flights from NM to Dallas likely affected by storm

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Albuquerque International Airport say flights to Dallas-Fort Worth are expected to be impacted Wednesday because of weather. Airlines canceled flights Tuesday afternoon and evening because of tornadoes in north Texas....

Limits placed on road booths during Easter week

April 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation has asked law enforcement to enforce a state law that does not allow booths and concession stands along state highways. Transportation officials are concerned about the annual pilgrimages in...