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NM to auction unclaimed property, gold coins

July 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 7-pound gold bar. An 1802 bottle of Napoleon Cognac. A stuffed teddy bear with a lost story. Those are among the unclaimed property in the state’s possession that the Taxation and Revenue Department plans to auction off next week, Gov. Susana Martinez and state officials announced Thursday. The auction is [&hellip...

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Spaceport gets NM OK for loan for visitor centers

July 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America, which was built with nearly quarter of a billion dollars in taxpayer money, is taking out a $21 million loan to build two visitor centers in southern New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez and other members of the state...

Summer rains provide some drought relief for NM

July 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The bad news: New Mexico is still on top when it comes to having the worst and most widespread drought conditions in the nation. The good news: Recent rains have offered some relief for the parched state. A map released Thursday by...

NM probe of Medicaid services could take months

July 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday it could take several months for his office to complete an investigation of overpayments and possible fraud by behavioral health providers in New Mexico’s Medicaid program. King...

Flooding closes Carlsbad Caverns National Park

July 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park closed early Wednesday because of flooding along the Walnut Canyon Park Road. All visitors and employees are being evacuated from the cave and visitor center and escorted down Walnut Canyon Park Road to...

DPS lacks approval to digitize NM weapons records

July 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has spent tens of thousands of dollars to digitize tons of paper records on concealed weapons licenses but doesn’t yet have required approval to implement its plan. The State Records...

Another bear captured in Albuquerque

July 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the second day in a row, officials have captured a bear in Albuquerque. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/16JhzVa ) that New Mexico Game and Fish officials caught the bear napping in southeast Albuquerque Wednesday morning, the day...

Hubbard buys Sandusky radio stations for $85.5M

July 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Cities-based Hubbard Radio has agreed to buy Sandusky Radio’s 10 stations in Phoenix and Seattle for $85.5 million. The deal was announced Tuesday and requires regulatory approval. Both Hubbard and Sandusky are private...

NM gun shop owner, parents facing firearms charges

July 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs gun shop owner and his parents have pleaded not guilty to violations of federal firearms laws. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against 30-year-old Carlos Jonathan Cruz, 59-year-old Carlos Carlon Cruz...

NM governor proposes more veterans cemeteries

July 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing that New Mexico establish several veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state. Martinez outlined her plan on Tuesday for providing more burial options for veterans and their spouses than the...