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15 charged with trafficking meth in Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 15 people have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine in the Albuquerque area. The indictments were announced Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Division. Authorities say that over nine months, federal agents seized more than 13...

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State slaps fines on private prison operators

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state has fined a pair of private prison operators for what it said were lax operations at two facilities. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/AdnBpR ) reports the state correction’s agency fined Florida-based GEO Group...

Sony Pictures pulling out of downtown Albuquerque

March 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing its downtown Albuquerque studio this July when the company’s lease expires. Sony spokesman Don Levy declined to discuss reasons for the closure, but said the nearly 60 workers at the studio...

NM court denies request for stay in emissions case

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday denied a request by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico to delay pollution control requirements from taking effect at a coal-fired power plant in...

Albuquerque man says he registered dog to vote

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who went on Albuquerque television anonymously to say he was able to register his dog to vote has been outed as the husband of a campaign worker for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson. Thomas Tolbert admitted in...

I-40 in eastern New Mexico reopens after fire

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Traffic is flowing again along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico after a wind-whipped fire forced the closure of the roadway for about two hours. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the Cuervo Fire started at 1 p.m....

Slots machines in NM raked in nearly $1B last year

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s tribal casinos and state-licensed racinos raked in nearly $1 billion from their slot machines last year. The latest numbers from regulators show the state’s gambling parlors reported $973.8 million in...

NM border city election cancellation considered

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Upcoming elections for a troubled border city where three employees face extortion charges in connection with a secret video recording of a mayoral candidate getting a lap dance may be canceled or postponed, New Mexico officials...

NM court clears way for state House elections

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for elections in newly redrawn districts for the 70-member House of Representatives. Candidates for House seats will file for office on March 20. The court on Thursday lifted a previous order...

Bingaman pushes for national clean energy standard

March 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s energy committee is pushing for a national standard aimed at bolstering clean energy and encouraging more industrial efficiency. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, says his legislation...