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HSI to honor Four Corners gang, drug units

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of Four Corners gang and drug law enforcement units are earning praise from Homeland Security Investigations. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled Wednesday to recognize agents with the Region II Task Force Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit for their work in helping out with two...

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Carlsbad instructor hopes more pilots take flight

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — After two area businessmen each earned his pilot’s license on Dec. 21, their instructor, Jim Ballard, of Carlsbad, was button-popping proud of their performances. “It’s such a huge accomplishment,” he said,...

Americans Indians in NM hold ‘Idle No More’ rally

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — American Indian activists and their allies have held a rally in New Mexico in solidarity with Native American protesters in Canada. Members of the “Idle No More” movement organized a demonstration Tuesday outside the New...

NM gov uses State of State to push economic plan

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As the New Mexico Legislature returned to work Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez used her State of the State address to press lawmakers to focus on boosting New Mexico’s struggling economy. Martinez spoke to a joint session of the...

Kids Count report released at New Mexico capitol

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico children’s advocacy group on Tuesday presented the latest troubling statistics on child poverty, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency during the first day of the legislative session, hoping to spur...

Governor proposes tougher DWI penalties

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for tougher penalties for repeat drunken driving in New Mexico, including allowing authorities to seize their cars. The Republican governor recommended the proposals Tuesday in her state of the state...

Seagal movie begins filming in Albuquerque area

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A movie starring Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames starts filming this week in the Albuquerque area. The New Mexico Film Office says the production of “Force of Execution” will employ at least 65 crew members...

Senate OKs webcasting of committee hearings

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate is offering New Mexicans expanded online access to its proceedings through webcasts of committee hearings. Senators approved a rules change on Tuesday to permit people from around the state to watch or listen to committee...

Ex-NM state policeman, son accused in murder case

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A retired New Mexico State Police officer and his son have been arrested in connection with the death of a Rio Rancho man. Rio Rancho police say 56-year-old John McDowell and 36-year-old John McDowell were taken into custody after a...

Governor seeks to end immigrant driver’s licenses

January 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers gave Gov. Susana Martinez a standing ovation as she renewed her push to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Martinez used her state of the state address on Tuesday to ask...