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Troubled NM border town approves spending plan

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A spending plan approved by a troubled New Mexico border city keeps the library open but requires employee furlough days. Most Sunland Park offices, excluding public safety, will be closed an additional day every two weeks. Officials say the savings will pay for reinstated positions. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/QO4tTt...

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Court: No license loss if DWI arrest flawed

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court says the state can’t revoke the driver’s license of someone stopped for drunken driving if the arrest was improper. The state Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday in upholding the...

Lawyer withdraws as NM Supreme Court candidate

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pool of candidates is shrinking for possible appointment to a vacancy on the state Supreme court. A judicial nominating commission said Thursday that Santa Fe lawyer Paul Mannick has withdrawn his application. That leaves two...

Troubled NM authority plans to scale back loans

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s...

10 nabbed in NM in nationwide synthetic drug sweep

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A DEA official says 10 people have been arrested in New Mexico as part of a countrywide sweep on processors and distributors of synthetic drugs. Joseph Arabit, director of DEA’s El Paso sector, says 36 search warrants were...

Audit shows Grants inmate released months late

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — An audit of the women’s prison in Grants shows that one inmate was in custody seven months longer than expected. The New Mexico Corrections Department is undertaking an audit of each prison, which is expected to last up to six...

Sandoval County names interim fire chief

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The Sandoval County Fire Department has named an interim chief after its former leader died in a car crash. James Maxon will succeed Jon Tibbetts while officials search for a permanent replacement. The 59-year-old Tibbetts died...

Cause of illness linked to NM art market unknown

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say they cannot pinpoint the cause of an illness linked to a folk art market. State Department of Health epidemiologist Joan Baumach says 33 people reported suffering from diarrhea and fever after visiting the...

NM training focuses on halting riots, disease

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from around the state are participating in intense training on stopping plane thefts, halting riots and fighting the potential outbreak of disease. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/OpmdQH) that...

2 more accused of fraud in Sunland Park election

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two more people have been charged in connection to alleged voter fraud in a New Mexico border town. Authorities say 56-year-old Luz Vargas registered El Paso, Texas, resident Mary Ann O’Brien to vote in Sunland Park’s...