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Ohio zoo’s gorilla death spurs review of Albuquerque zoo

June 11, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque zoo officials have re-evaluated the facility’s gorilla exhibit in the wake of the killing of a gorilla at a zoo in Ohio. ABQ BioPark zoo manager Lynn Tupa told the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday that the zoo reassessed its two gorilla enclosures and made one alteration. Tupa says a slight [&hellip...

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Ex-Dona Ana County worker gets prison in ID theft case

June 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An ex-document technician at a southern New Mexico county clerk’s office has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with a check-cashing scheme. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Maria Ceniceros also was sentenced Friday...

Senators push for wilderness within New Mexico monument

June 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

In this March 15, 2015 file photo, a sign is installed at the new Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument in Las Cruces, N.M. Almost a half-million acres in southern New Mexico were designed as a national monument two years ago, and now members of the...

Judge calls for temporary halt to Mexican gray wolf releases

June 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife managers will not be allowed to release any Mexican gray wolves into the wild unless they get permission from the state of New Mexico. A U.S. district judge ruled Friday in favor of the state’s request to stop...

Court sets limits on homeless man’s history in officer trial

June 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has set limits on what parts of a homeless man’s criminal history can be disclosed to jurors when the two officers charged in the man’s death stand trial. A New Mexico judge ruled Thursday that defense attorneys...

Authorities: 2 of 3 bodies found in Bernalillo identified

June 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two of the three bodies found in a shallow grave near the San Felipe Casino have been identified. Sandoval County Sheriff’s officials say the homicide victims are 32-year-old John Santistevan and 48-year-old...

Group in Trump protest says staffers getting death threats

June 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Javier Benavidez, executive director of the advocacy group Southwest Organizing Project, speaks at a press conference in Albuquerque, Monday, June 6, 2016. Benavidez is pointing to images of an Albuquerque anti-Donald Trump protest last month that he says...

Decrease in drug overdose deaths in 2015 around New Mexico

June 8, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say drug overdose deaths around New Mexico decreased 9 percent last year. Preliminary mortality data shows the number of drug overdose deaths dropped from 540 in 2014 to 492 in 2015. State Department of Health...

Judges must ask about youths’ tribal status under new rule

June 8, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings — especially when there’s reason to believe a child is a tribal member. Under the...

Men charged with heroin trafficking accused of user’s death

June 8, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men already charged with heroin trafficking were accused Wednesday of a death that resulted from use of the drug. Rosendo Flores Angulo, 38, of Albuquerque and Curtis Hutchinson, 30, of Edgewood were arraigned on an...