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WNMU prof wins NSF grant to study spider-wasps

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A Western New Mexico University biology professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study spider-wasps in New Mexico. The school recently announced that Manda Clair Jost won the $273,000 grant for a research project exploring the ecological, evolutionary, and molecular interactions between spider-wasps in New...

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Governor proposes $2M for law enforcement vehicles

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is asking the Legislature to provide more than $2 million to buy replacement vehicles for law enforcement officers. The governor’s budget seeks $2 million for the Department of Public Safety for vehicles for...

Police stop 14-year-old driver for speeding in NM

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested for allowing his 14-year-old stepson drive a car in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say the teenager told them that Juan Quirez was too drunk. The man was sitting in the front passenger seat...

Southern NM hit with winter blast

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The latest winter storm to pass through New Mexico has left behind plenty of snow in southeastern New Mexico. Weather spotters reported about 12 inches of snow on the ground in Hobbs by Monday evening. That’s the most snow the...

Activists keep asking for Albuquerque police probe

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Despite a drop in police-involved shootings and policy changes in the wake of a recent incident, civil rights advocates said Monday they will keep pressing for a federal investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department....

Albuquerque man says city street project is unsafe

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man whose young son fell into an uncovered manhole says the construction project is dangerous and more should be done to protect the public. Bob Anderson told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/Au4SqZ) that his 5-year-old son...

Feds seek comments on proposed NM uranium plant

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators have released a draft environmental impact study on a proposed uranium deconversion plant in southeastern New Mexico. Idaho-based International Isotopes Inc. plans to deconvert the tons of depleted uranium tails that...

Roommate facing charges after fatal NM stabbing

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials in Dona Ana County say a man is facing an open count of murder and tampering with evidence charges after he allegedly stabbed his roommate. Investigators say 29-year-old Manuel Ortega was booked into the county...

Study measures NMSU system’s economic impact

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new report says the New Mexico State University system had a gross domestic product of $902 million in 2010. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/wirbBZ ) university President Barbara Couture says the report produced...

No environmental study needed for Spaceport road

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An in-depth environmental review of a proposed southern road to Spaceport America in New Mexico won’t be required after all. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/zPGUVZ) that Spaceport and county officials recently...