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NM girl faces murder trial in foster mom’s killing

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — One of two New Mexico girls accused of killing their foster mother will face a murder trial after a plea agreement was scrapped, a newspaper reported. Desiree Linares and fellow 16-year-old Alexis Shields are accused of smothering Evelyn Miranda, 53, in her San Patricio home in 2011 and of stealing her [&hellip...

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Santa Fe eyes toughen penalty for jaywalking

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials are considering a big increase in the city’s current penalty for jaywalking after backing off from an even stiffer penalty. The City Council’s public safety committee is endorsing a traffic code amendment...

Conference on oil shale scheduled in Farmington

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Speakers from major oil companies and the U.S. Department of Energy are expected to participate in a conference on the potential for shale oil production in the San Juan Basin. The conference is scheduled to be held March 18-19 at...

Economist says migration keeps NM jobless rate low

January 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An economist says one reason why New Mexico’s unemployment rate is only 6.2 percent could be because some people leave the state to find work elsewhere. University of New Mexico economist Lee Reynis says natural population...

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...

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...