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NM couple arraigned in child pornography case

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico youth football league president and his wife have had their initial court appearances after being accused of manufacturing and distributing child pornography. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests last Friday of 42-year-old Fredrick Gonzales and 36-year-old Carey Gonzales after a...

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NM courts ask lawmakers to approve 9 new judges

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico courts need more judges to cope with a case backlog and delays in resolving civil and domestic lawsuits, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court said Tuesday. In a speech to a joint session of the Legislature, Chief...

Police: Hobbs jail inmate found hanged in his cell

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a jail inmate in Hobbs has been found hanged in his cell and it appears to be a suicide. Hobbs Detention Center Staff say they found 48-year-old Rene Van Der Pol dead in his single cell just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. That...

NM high school graduation rate was 67.3 percent

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent. The so-called “average freshman graduation rates”...

Tribal colleges in NM seek scholarship eligibility

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal colleges in New Mexico want their students to have the same eligibility for the state’s lottery scholarships as students attending state colleges and universities. Tribal colleges also want the same so-called...

Authorities arsonist started 2 fires in Grants

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Grants suspect a serial arsonist is active in the area. The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR ) reports that Chief Robert Hayes of Grants Fire and Rescue says an arsonist apparently started two fires that occurred...

Bloomfield mobile home park evacuated during fire

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A mobile home park in Bloomfield was evacuated during a fire because of the threat of a possible explosion. Police say a family’s Winnebago was fully engulfed in flames Monday when the first officer arrived and spotted a...

Gun debate likely to intensify in NM Legislature

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The shooting deaths of five members of an Albuquerque family likely will intensify a debate in the Legislature over restrictions on firearms, lawmakers said Monday. A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Saturday’s shooting deaths of...

Democrats plan bill for state-run health exchange

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A potential clash looms between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over the administration’s plan to implement a state-run health insurance exchange. At issue is whether state law must be...

NM proposal would allow concealed handguns in bars

January 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican legislator is proposing to allow people licensed to have a concealed handgun to take their weapons into a bar. Rep. Zach Cook, a Ruidoso lawyer, introduced the measure last week in the House. The proposal is similar to a...