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Albuquerque police launch officer steroid probe

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Detectives are investigating allegations of steroid use among Albuquerque police officers just as the department faces its own federal probe into excessive force, Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said Wednesday. At a news conference, Schultz confirmed that detectives for months have been looking into possible illegal steroid...

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United to starts flights between Santa Fe, Denver

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Municipal Airport officials say United Airlines will begin offering flights from Santa Fe to Denver on May 1. Wednesday’s announcement comes weeks after the airport teamed up with Great Lakes Airlines to offer four daily...

Speaker of NM House of Representative Lujan dies

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer, a spokesman for...

Judge won’t release Deming man, son in gun case

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to release a Deming man and his son from jail before they are sentenced for making false statements during a 2011 firearms sting at their gun store. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack turned away requests...

Tiles falling in UNM’s Pit

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico is putting up banners inside The Pit. But they are being installed to show more than support for the Lobo basketball team. Officials say the banners were designed to protect fans from falling tiles. In the...

NM still struggling to lower teen pregnancy rates

December 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The bridal and quinceanera salon in the heart of Albuquerque’s South Valley is closed for the evening, but a small group of parents and teens gathers there. They munch on sandwiches and chips while Jessica Salas, a promotora,...

NM regulators approve renewable energy plan

December 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a plan that spells out how much electric utilities can spend and what renewable energy sources they can tap to meet state standards. The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in a...

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...

‘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...