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New Mexico teen pleads not guilty in 2 deaths

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his adoptive mom and sister in Tucumcari has pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ToAK2P) that the teen waived his right to a preliminary hearing and arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and instead had a lawyer enter...

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Federal prosecutors collect $8.7 million in NM

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico collected $8.7 million during the last fiscal year in cases in which money was owed to the federal government or to victims of crimes. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Ex-lawman improves after suspected overdose in NM

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former South Carolina sheriff’s lieutenant suspected in the armed robbery of a Santa Fe pharmacy and the attempted robbery of another is improving after having suffered a suspected drug overdose. The...

Storm that made driving tough in eastern NM gone

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Blowing snow and icy conditions that made for tough Christmas driving in eastern New Mexico’s plains are tapering off now that a cold front has left the state. The state Transportation Department says most of the severe driving...

Rio Grande minnow’s plight could affect others

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water managers are scrambling to find a way to maintain wild populations of the Rio Grande silvery minnow after the annual fall census failed to locate any of the small fish for the first time in 20 years. Failing to find the fish...

Tests show bees in Las Cruces attack Africanized

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Genetic tests show a swarm of bees that attacked a tree removal crew in Las Cruces this summer was Africanized. Tests recently completed at Oklahoma State University confirm the bees were the aggressive hybrids, said Carol...

Santa Fe to get 1st bowling alley since 2008

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to a build lounge-style venue with a video-game arcade and eight-lane bowling facility on the top floor of a building in the Santa Fe Railyard would return the sport to the state capital for the first time since 2008. Railyard...

NM Environment Dept. seeks river restoration funds

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — River restoration efforts in several New Mexico counties could get a boost next year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) that the state Environment Department plans to ask the Legislature for $1.5 million in capital outlay funding to...

Work on abandoned mines near Deming to start

December 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — State officials have awarded a contract to begin safeguarding more than two dozen abandoned mines near Deming. The Mining and Minerals Division says the $475,000 contract with Duran Bokich Enterprises represents the first of a...

Man taken into custody after chase at NM mall

December 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man led police on a chase through Albuquerque’s Coronado Mall parking lot as pedestrians dodged behind parked cars to avoid being hit by him. Sergeant Ferris Simmons says 24-year-old Justin Cordova was...