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Governor names head of Public Defender Department

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has named Jacqueline Cooper of Cedar Crest as the state’s chief public defender. Cooper has worked in the Public Defender Department for more than 20 years, and since April has served as acting chief public defender, which is the agency’s top administrator. The department provides lawyers to [&hellip...

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Winds damage NM power lines, school roof

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strong winds sweeping across New Mexico have resulted in scattered power outages, difficult driving conditions and roof damage that ended classes early at one Valencia County school. The National Weather Service says damaging winds...

Suit filed after NM teen cuffed for burp in class

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 13-year-old was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention for burping in class, according to a lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque school principal, a teacher and school police officer. The boy was transported without his...

2 Texans in New Mexico plane crash identified

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two Texans found dead in plane wreckage in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that 49-year-old Jerry Don Greene of Snyder, Texas, and 30-year-old Tracy Martinez...

Tularosa man arrested for alleged sex trafficking

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking children by force. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/scYwf0 ) reports a New Mexico State Police officer in Alamogordo received information that...

Nursing homes asking state for more funding

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Representatives of New Mexico nursing homes say they need $7 million to $8 million in additional state money to provide for the more than 5,600 individuals currently in their care. The executive director of the New Mexico Health Care...

Death may lead to homicide charge in Las Cruces

December 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney’s office says a Las Cruces felon may face a homicide charge after a man he allegedly hit with a 2-by-4 died months later. Court documents show 38-year-old Matthias Schackow was indicted in August on a...

Federal investigation dismantles meth ring in NM

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 17 alleged members of a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in southeastern New Mexico this year. Authorities say three other people have been charged with methamphetamine trafficking...

Gov. Martinez trims cell phone use in agencies

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration expects to save about $320,000 this year by reducing the use of cell phones in state agencies. The governor’s office said Wednesday the number of smartphones, such as a BlackBerry, and...

Hispanic group allowed in NM redistricting case

December 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Wed. Oct. 26,2011 file photo New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez discusses environmental regulations in Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez and other GOP state officials are opposing a Hispanic civil rights group’s attempt to participate in a...