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Senate OKs liability limits for space companies

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to help New Mexico attract commercial space travel companies is speeding through the Legislature. The Senate unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday to protect spacecraft manufacturers along with their parts suppliers from most damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights. British billionaire Richard...

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Men plead guilty in 3-state cellphone scheme

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say three California men have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme in which high-dollar cellphones were fraudulently obtained from retail stores in three states and then resold for profit. U.S. Attorney...

Lawmakers propose to elect some university regents

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters could elect some members of the governing boards of New Mexico’s largest universities under a legislative proposal that supporters say will lessen the influence of politics over higher education. Two constitutional...

Fugitive wanted in NM gun case captured in NY

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say the last person wanted in connection with the Christmas Day burglary of six guns from a local Wal-Mart has been captured by federal authorities in New York. Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick says Gary Wilson was...

NM panel shelves bill against enforcing gun laws

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico House committee split along party lines as it shelved a bill to prohibit enforcement of federal gun laws in the state. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/WeG2kk ) reports that the Consumer and Public Affairs...

WNMU ‘Chicano music’ project seeking theme song

January 30, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A Western New Mexico University project aimed at producing a documentary on Chicano music in Grant County is searching for a theme song. The project announced this week that it has launched a singer/songwriter competition to select...

New Mexico renewing fight over immigrant licenses

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee has shelved a proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants but the issue isn’t likely to go away in the Legislature. The Labor and...

Gallup bishop to undergo thyroid cancer surgery

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Diocese of Gallup officials say Bishop James S. Wall was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is scheduled to have a tumor surgically removed Thursday in Phoenix. Diocesan officials didn’t say what specific type of thyroid...

Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Chavez takes DC lobbying job

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez has been hired by a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm. Ibarra Strategy Group announced Tuesday that Chavez recently was hired to assist with “business development and strategic...

NM man pleads guilty in a drug trafficking case

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing at least a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Homero Varela entered his plea Tuesday. They say the plea...

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