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Suspect pleads guilty in NM restaurant shooting

October 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a restaurant cook in Albuquerque in 2009 has pleaded guilty to felony murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Marvin Antonio Aguilar-Lopez is facing a 40-year prison sentence after entering his plea Friday in federal court in Albuquerque. Aguilar-Lopez and two co-defendants were...

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'Rio Grande Rivalry' continues rare faceoff

October 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

New Mexico interim football coach George Barlow speaks during a news conference Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. The school fired Mike Locksley as coach on Sunday. New Mexico’s bad record, a lack of fan support, and a number of...

Tucumcari commissioners dismiss city manager

October 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — Tucumcari needs a new city manager. City commissioners Thursday fired city manager Bobbye Rose. City Clerk Christine Dougherty tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/qJ0vhL ) community development director Doug Powers has been...

Al-Qaida cleric killed by US was Las Cruces born

October 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An al-Qaida cleric, who U.S. officials said played a key role in inspiring attacks against the U.S and was killed Friday by U.S. counterterrorism forces, was born in Las Cruces. U.S. and counterterrorism officials said Anwar...

New game agency director to be named in October

October 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Game Commission plans to select a new director for the Game and Fish Department in two weeks. The commission changed its schedule for filing the director’s job after receiving only five applications for the post. The...

PRC member Jerome Block Jr. resigning in plea deal

September 29, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

Cammie Nichols and Jerome Block Jr. listen as charges are read by the prosecution during a hearing on Block Jr.’s election fraud case in Judge Michael Vigil’s courtroom Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in Santa Fe, N.M. Public Regulation Commissioner...

Feds work with New Mexico pueblo on fire recovery

September 29, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army...

'Dysfunctional' NM border city under fire

September 29, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of a small New Mexico border city admits he was drunk when he signed a $1 million city contract. Councilors levy insults and charges of impropriety at each other during meetings. The mayor and the mayor pro-tem get face to...

Chinese immigrant convicted in NM license scam

September 29, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An illegal immigrant from China who authorities say helped obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses for several illegal immigrants by using fake documents has been convicted of conspiracy. Santa Fe jury convicted Tuesday 51-year-old...

Luna County contract deals ruled unconstitutional

September 29, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that contracts providing luxurious “double-dipping” arrangements for two former Luna County employees are unconstitutional because they amount to illegal debt. The Albuquerque Journal reports ()...