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Arizona prison fugitive to face death penalty

January 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — An Arizona prison fugitive will face the death penalty if he’s convicted of killing an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico, federal officials announced Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office submitted this week an updated indictment against John McCluskey for the 2010 carjacking and shooting deaths of Gary and Linda Haas, both...

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Immigrant license repeal falls short in first vote

January 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Jan. 24, 2012 photo, immigrant advocates use an image of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on a mock state driver’s license during a rally in Santa Fe to protest her proposal to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain...

Wolves’ senses tapped to keep them clear of cattle

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are running out of options when it comes to helping Mexican gray wolves overcome hurdles that have thwarted reintroduction into their historic range in the Southwest. Harassment and rubber bullets haven’t...

AP Enterprise: NM license data points to fraud

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press...

2 NM men get prison for branding man with swastika

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men have been sentenced to prison for branding a swastika on the arm of a developmentally disabled Navajo man. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Paul Beebe and 25-year-old Jesse Sanford, of Farmington, entered Alford...

NM man who pulled own tooth in jail awarded $22M

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $22 million to a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. Civil rights attorney Matt...

Male skier dies at Ski Valley

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A male skier has been killed in an accident at Taos Ski Valley. A spokesman for the ski area says the man died Tuesday afternoon. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/y88pWR ) reports the ski patrol responded to the scene and took the skier to a medical...

Lawsuit protection bill builds for NM Spaceport

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Commissioners have unanimously signed off on a state bill that would restrict space travelers’ right to sue certain contractors in most cases of injury or death. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/wHJtie )...

Former Richardson spokesman seeks benefits

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000. The Albuquerque Journal reports Gallegos has filed...

Man arrested for alleged horse rustling

January 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A case of horse rustling in northern New Mexico. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/yQ9SZi ) reports state livestock authorities arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with stealing 41 horses over the past year from people in the...