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Proposal to rename NM center for late boxer KO’d

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has shelved a proposal to rename a community center after the late boxer Johnny Tapia. Councilman Ken Sanchez proposed renaming Wells Park Community Center after the five-time champion who spent time there as a child. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/V5Fw7b) says critics pointed to Tapia’s drug addiction...

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‘Breaking Bad’ actor seeking NM school board seat

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An actor from the TV show “Breaking Bad” is running for a school board seat in New Mexico. Steven Michael Quezada plays agent Steven Gomez on the Albuquerque-based show. Quezada says he’s running in District 5, a...

Judge upholds $22 million verdict in jail case

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Santa Fe has upheld a $22 million jury award to a man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. U.S. District...

Albuquerque police search for man after standoff

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man wanted on a felony warrant who fled from a northeast Albuquerque home after a lengthy standoff with police. The incident began around 3:15 p.m. Monday when Albuquerque police received reports of a...

NM girl pleads no contest in foster mom’s killing

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder and other charges in the 2011 killing of her foster mother. The attorney for Desiree Linares, of Roswell, told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/VNowia ) that his...

Martinez: State should keep guns from mentally ill

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said the state should consider taking steps to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns. The governor tells The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/ZfA31H ) in a statement that she will pursue a...

Skandera seeks $140 million increase for schools

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera is urging lawmakers to support a funding increase of about $140 million for public schools in fiscal year 2014. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/ZfBHAB) that the...

Zooey Deschanel, rocker husband finalize divorce

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2011 file photo, actress Zooey Deschanel, left, and her husband, singer Ben Gibbard attend the 2011 HBO Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Court records show a Los Angeles judge finalized the former couple’s...

Miss Las Cruces is arrested on suspicion of DWI

December 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman recently named Miss Las Cruces has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated DWI. Las Cruces police say 22-year-old Sarah J. Richardson was taken into custody after her car struck a light pole Sunday night. The Las Cruces...

19 indicted for drug trafficking in New Mexico

December 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nineteen members of a drug trafficking organization allegedly operating in central and northern New Mexico have been indicted. The 60-count indictment was unsealed Monday following the arrests of 13 of the defendants. They all made...