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Police: Puppy taken from NM 4-year-old returned

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A puppy stolen from a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl has been returned to her. Albuquerque police say two women snatched a poodle out of a girl’s arms Tuesday in front of her house. Olivia Lippert says the women took the puppy named Pip after they pulled up in a car and asked [&hellip...

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Eddy County appoints warden

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The acting warden of the Eddy County Detention Center has accepted the jail’s top position. Shawn Funk began his new duties Monday. County Manager Allen Sartin says he made the decision after conducting a thorough recruitment...

38 suspected DWI offenders nabbed by state police

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they arrested 38 suspected DWI offenders over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Officers conducted 15 DWI sobriety checkpoints throughout the state. Authorities say that drivers who appear to be impaired...

Curry County commissioners making less than others

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Curry County lawmakers make less money than commissioners in at least two similar-size New Mexico counties. But they make far more than commissioners in Roosevelt County and the city of Clovis. The Clovis News Journal...

Santa Fe officials looking into meter embezzlement

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe authorities think thousands of dollars has been stolen from city parking meters and still no charges have been filed. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/xe4AIx ) reports no one will say publicly how much money they...

Police: Albuquerque man faces 10th DWI arrest

March 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man faces his 10th DWI arrest after police found him asleep behind the wheel. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/FPMqC2) that New Mexico State Police found Wayne Yazza in his vehicle this week on the Interstate 40 shoulder...

Elections bring major facelift in NM Legislature

March 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades as near record numbers of House and Senate members have decided to retire or seek another office. All 112 seats in the Legislature are up for election...

Report: US makes modest gains in graduation rate

March 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M EDT MONDAY MARCH 19, 2012 – In this photo taken March 14, 2012 South Hagerstown High School senior Alton Burke, 17, talks with student intervention specialist Heather Dixon, right, at the school in Hagerstown, Md. Burke,...

Ex-Alamogordo commissioner charged in voting case

March 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A former city commissioner in Alamogordo has been charged with turning in falsified voter registration cards. Chris Lujan was charged Thursday with four felony counts for allegedly altering the date voters signed the cards. Lujan...

NM task force praised for reducing border traffic

March 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A special border task force and increased federal support are being credited for helping reduce illegal migrant traffic along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/yPEq3T) that ranchers...