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NM agency assesses nearly $7 million in penalties

November 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been nearly a year and environmentalists are still uneasy about where Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stands on protecting air, water and other natural resources. Their perception of the administration being cozy with industry persists, but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department have grown...

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Trial date set for ex-Albuquerque police officer

November 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge ordered prosecutors and an attorney for a former Albuquerque police officer to be ready to go to trial by next summer in a murder case dating back four years. Defendant Levi Chavez is accused of shooting his wife in the...

Holocaust survivors donating ‘everyday’ items

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

A Nov. 17, 2011 photo shows a 158-year-old doll house owned by German-Jewish family and a hidden away during World War II that is part of new exhibit at the Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico in Albuquerque. As aging Holocaust victims and...

Mexican man sentenced in Albuquerque bank robbery

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in connection with an armed bank robbery in Albuquerque. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Edwin Vismar Urena-Hernandez was sentenced Monday and will be deported back to...

Minimum retirement age of 55 proposed for teachers

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees. The...

State Fair Commission approves Downs lease

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Fair Commission has approved a 25-year lease with the Downs at Albuquerque that will allow the Downs to build a new casino on the south end of the fairgrounds. KOB-TV says the commission made its decision on a 4-3 vote...

FBI: Unknown woman not NM sex torture victim

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An unidentified woman who authorities thought was another victim of convicted sex torturer and suspected serial killer David Parker Ray has come forward. The Federal Bureau of Investigations in Albuquerque announced Monday that the...

Groups ready for 2nd hearing over emissions rules

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly two dozen groups are gearing up to support regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico. The state Environmental Improvement Board has scheduled a public hearing in early December to consider petitions...

NM officer in surgery after hit by drunk driver

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer is in surgery after authorities say a driver under the influence of alcohol dragged the officer and ran over his right leg. Police said officer Justin Montgomery was injured Sunday following a stop of...

Bookkeeper to testify on real estate Ponzi scheme

November 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some...