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New Mexico couple facing child abuse charges

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — A Chaparral man are his common-law wife are facing charges after New Mexico authorities say two children in their home tested positive for cocaine. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say 29-year-old Enrique Gutierrez and 41-year-old Dometilla Rosales each face two counts of negligent child abuse. Investigators say the case...

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NM's mortgage delinquencies rose in 2nd quarter

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report says mortgage delinquencies in New Mexico rose during the second quarter. The Albuquerque Journal cites (http://bit.ly/P4Qkzb) a Mortgage Bankers Association report that says the delinquency rate for all outstanding home...

NM may owe $20M in back pay to state workers

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration didn’t follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature four years...

NM woman spared jail time in drunken driving death

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman who faced up to six years in prison for vehicular homicide was spared jail time and instead will undergo a year of electronic monitoring. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/S6rQnx ) that state District...

Suit over traffic cameras moves to federal court

August 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the city of Las Cruces over whether its red-light cameras violate due-process protections has been moved to federal court. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/PJiOdW) that the lawsuit was originally...

Sunland Park consultant facing fraud charges

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have filed embezzlement and fraud charges against a former consultant for the city of Sunland Park. Dona Ana County District authorities say the charges were filed Thursday against Annette Morales, who owns...

Dems question process for purging voter rolls

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive, raising questions about the criteria being used as the state begins a...

NM pueblos get federal funds for flood prevention

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two northern New Mexico pueblos will share more than $5 million in federal funding to prevent another round of post-fire flooding in their communities. Santa Clara Pueblo will get about $4.1 million. Officials say that’s in...

Feds order lethal removal of female Mexican wolf

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an order Thursday calling for the shooting of a female Mexican gray wolf that was accused of killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico. This marks the first time since 2007 that the...

Board places NM Finance Authority CEO on leave

August 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority on Thursday suspended its top executives, including one who has been arrested for fraud and other charges, while an investigation is under way of how the agency’s financial audit was falsified....