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New Mexico proposes changes for dealing with polluters

May 11, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tens of millions of dollars in civil fines levied against some of New Mexico’s worst polluters have been funneled toward environmental improvement projects over the past decade, but state officials are concerned that existing policy isn’t strong enough to keep politics from getting in the way. The New Mexico...

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Survey: New Mexico students miss third of instructional time

May 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A survey of available instruction time at public schools across New Mexico has found that a third of the hours are lost to a combination of standardized assessments, test preparation, re-teaching distracted students, absences,...

Farmington police arrest suspect in Sept. 2015 homicide case

May 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an arrest has been made in a murder case in Farmington last year. Farmington police say 32-year-old Timothy Serrano was taken into custody Tuesday. He’s being held at the San Juan County Detention Center under a...

Fugitive wanted on multiple warrants arrested in Albuquerque

May 10, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive wanted by Albuquerque police on multiple felony warrants including impersonating an officer now is in custody. U.S. Marshals Service officials announced Tuesday that 34-year-old Shane Garcia was arrested by deputy U.S....

In Dulce, NM, Bightfoot, UFO claims keep lore alive

May 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When most people think UFOs and the unexplained in New Mexico, they turn to Roswell. But residents of a tiny town in the northern part of the state say they’ve also seen some strange sights. Residents of Dulce (DUHL’-say),...

Navajo Nation plans new alert system in wake of girl’s death

May 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s president has reacted to concerns raised by the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl by setting a 60-day goal for establishing a new tribal alert system to provide notifications of abductions and...

Officer shooting suspect pleads guilty to drug charges

May 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ex-convict who is accused in the fatal shooting of an Albuquerque police officer pleaded guilty Monday in a separate federal case to heroin trafficking and a firearms charge. Davon Lymon’s guilty plea in federal court comes...

New Mexico ban on teachers criticizing tests to end

May 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Education Department said Monday that it will remove a rule that prohibits state teachers from making disparaging remarks about standardized tests. Robert McEntryre, a spokesman for the department, confirmed...

New Mexico projects a shrinking Medicaid shortfall

May 9, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are predicting they can shrink a state budget shortfall for Medicaid health care to $24 million if proposals go forward to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals and physicians along with other accounting...

Trading wheels for a stationary location

May 7, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

In this April 14, 2016 photo, Laura Mitchell assists a customer at Conchita’s Cafe in Albuquerque, N.M. Kristina Leeder started her Conchita’s Creations truck in 2012. It was the booming catering she did on the side that prompted her to seek a...