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State regulator rejects insurance rate increase

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini has rejected a health insurance rate increase proposed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. The state regulator said Tuesday the company didn’t provide enough evidence to justify the 9.9 percent increase. The state Insurance Division is part of the Public Regulation...

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Governor signs $86 million capital outlay package

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nearly $86 million package of capital improvements, including upgrades at state prisons, was signed into law on Tuesday by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Despite agreeing to the measure, the governor expressed disappointment the...

Attorney general defends $15K campaign donation

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King says money raised to retire his 2010 campaign debt isn’t covered by newly imposed caps on political contributions. King reported Tuesday receiving a $15,000 contribution last month from a New York City...

Governor's PAC raises about $560,000 since April

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political action committee affiliated with Gov. Susana Martinez has raised more than a half million dollars during the past six months, providing the Republican governor with a potent amount of cash to use against Democrats in next...

No bodies found in NM sex torture case search

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — No bodies were found Tuesday during a search by authorities of a New Mexico reservoir for possible victims of a man convicted a decade ago of sexually torturing women, the Federal Bureau of Investigations said. FBI...

Navajo water project ordered expedited

October 12, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Obama Administration has ordered regulators to speed up the permitting process for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project. The project, which will deliver clean water to the reservation through 280 miles of pipeline, was one of 14...

Missing Albuquerque woman in NM sex torture search

October 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have reopened the unsolved case of an Albuquerque woman missing for 16 years after authorities received new information connected to a man who boasted in writings that he was responsible for around 40 victims. Albuquerque...

Cops: Facebook app on cell phone left at burglary

October 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing burglary charges after authorities say he broke-in an Albuquerque-area home then left behind a cell phone linked to his personal Facebook profile. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/qNbS0G) that Bernalillo...

Experts: Ponderosa may be gone in Jemez Mountains

October 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Jemez Mountains landscape may never again see ponderosa forests. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/oUs1fe) that forest scientists believe the twice burned landscape may see something different emerge because of climate...

Charges filed in Las Cruces officer assault case

October 11, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County prosecutors have filed charges against a man suspected of assaulting a Las Cruces police officer. Police arrested 21-year-old Isaac Gutierrez on suspicion of aggravated battery on a peace officer and resisting,...