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Redistricting attorneys OK'd for Legislature

October 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans. The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers. They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new...

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Man pleads guilty of luring girl to NM

October 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 58-year-old Albuquerque man accused of bringing an underage girl from California to New Mexico for sex pleaded guilty Monday to two federal charges and faces nine years in prison. Edward Christy was arrested in November 2009 at...

Albuquerque voters to vote on red-light cameras

October 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque voters are set to decide the future of the city’s red-light camera program — kind of. City councilors said the results of the non-binding question in Tuesday’s special election will help them decide whether...

Marine from NM killed in Afghanistan

October 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Marine from Albuquerque has been reported killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. The U.S. Defense Department recently announced that 27-year-old Sgt. Christopher Diaz and 28-year-old staff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff of...

Scientists study high altitude sickness in cattle

October 4, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

This Sept. 26, 2011 image shows cattle heading toward a corral in Valles Caldera National Preserve, N.M. New Mexico State University’s Top of the Valle research center at the preserve has teamed up with researchers from other universities to study...

Balloonist's widow works to build lasting tribute

October 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

A hot air balloon inflates during the 40th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. Fiesta organizers said 550 balloons and 600 pilots from around the world are registered for this year’s annual event. (AP...

KOB-TV reporter dies after surgery complications

October 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (1)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A reporter at an Albuquerque television station is dead after suffering complications from surgery. KOB-TV announced Sunday that 30-year-old Sharon Erickson died Saturday evening at an Albuquerque hospital. Station officials say she...

Aztec teen gets NASCAR big brother

October 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Dalton Reese hangs out with his big brother Alex Kennedy in Aztec, N.M. For Kennedy, the joy of being a big brother to Reese is watching him grow up and becoming less of a trouble maker. (AP Photo/ The Daily Times, Jon Austria)...

2 suspects arrested in 4 Las Cruces robberies

October 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two men believed to be responsible for at least four residential burglaries in Las Cruces are now in custody. Police say 27-year-old Harley Ray Pena and 22-year-old Michael A. Hodgson are charged with four counts each of residential...

Report calls for overhaul of state regulator

October 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico should reorganize the Public Regulation Commission and impose minimum qualifications on its members, according to a report released after a second elected regulator was forced from office. Jerome Block Jr.’s departure...