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NM approves smaller increase for Presbyterian

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Presbyterian Healthcare has received approval from New Mexico regulators for a rate increase, but it’s not as much as the company had hoped for. The state Insurance Division recently denied Presbyterian’s request for a 9.7 percent rate increase for its health insurance. That prompted the company to reduce the request...

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Trial ends on NM congressional redistricting

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A trial that will decide new boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts wrapped up Tuesday with political science experts offering differing views on whether a Hispanic majority district should be established in the...

NM police get access to FBI’s new high-tech lab

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation office on Tuesday opened a new Albuquerque crime lab at the University of New Mexico campus that officials say will help streamline local investigations and give law enforcement agencies in the...

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico dealt with the aftermath Tuesday of a severe winter blast that left at least one person dead and closed more schools and highways in the southern part of the state. Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the...

Roswell man dies in weather-related crash

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell man has been killed while trying to free his vehicle after sliding off an icy roadway Tuesday morning. The police department says 36-year old Pedro Campos was attempting to chain two vehicles together when a third vehicle slid...

2 students charged with defacing national monument

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service says two University of New Mexico students allegedly inscribed their monikers “Super Duper Dana” and “Gabriel” within a few feet of a sign that reads, “It is unlawful to mark...

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

A New Mexico Department of Transportation truck spreads cinder on U.S. 550 west of Rio Rancho, N.M., after the state was slammed with severe winter weather Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Heavy snow, up to a foot in some parts of New Mexico, closed dozens of schools...

NM pension funds lost $2B during last quarter

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s pension funds for government workers and educators lost more than $2 billion in the past quarter because of a downturn in financial markets. A report by the Legislative Finance Committee said the value of assets in...

Lea County sheriff found dead

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State police are investigating the apparent suicide of Lea County Sheriff Rod Coffman. State police spokesman Robert McDonald says the sheriff was found dead in his home Sunday night from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot...

Trial starts on NM congressional redistricting

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political tilt of New Mexico’s three congressional districts will be influenced for the rest of the decade by the outcome of a trial that started Monday. It will be up to state District Judge James Hall to decide how to...