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Senate panel backs corrections secretary nominee

February 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee to run New Mexico’s prison system won Senate confirmation on Wednesday despite a Democratic lawmaker questioning whether he had truthfully answered a background questionnaire. Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel was endorsed by the Senate on a 38-1 vote. Rules Committee...

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Inmate escapes from Grant County lockup

February 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A search is under way for a man who escaped from the Grant County Detention Center. Michael Scott Freeman was reported missing Wednesday morning. Freeman was locked up on federal warrants and other charges since July. Corrections...

Fire sweeps through Clovis apartment complex

February 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A fire inside a Clovis apartment complex has left several families homeless. Fire department officials tell the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/xD1uTV ) that everyone made it out safely Wednesday morning. The apartment manager says...

Farmington tourism director reported missing

February 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The former Farmington tourism director under investigation for stealing money has been reported missing. A relative who was speaking with Debbie Dusenbery in recent days filed a missing persons report with the Farmington Police...

Albuquerque to start ‘Silver Alert’ program

February 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque is set to begin a Silver Alert program aimed at keeping track of missing patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry announced Tuesday that the new program will include GPS...

Panel shelves legislative paycheck restriction

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have shelved a proposal to require teachers and other public workers to take unpaid leave or annual leave from their jobs if they serve in the Legislature. Several educators are in the Legislature and the Republican-backed...

Man wanted in Clovis child killing is captured

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments (1)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted for the 2005 murder of a sleeping 10-year-old boy picked the wrong time to write to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who’s a former prosecutor. The governor and other New Mexico officials announced Tuesday that...

Task force eyes rural, tribal exposure to violence

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Dr. Sharon Cooper, second from left, asks a question of panelists during a meeting of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. The task force is gathering testimony from experts and victims so it...

NM regulators approve rate increase for NM Gas Co.

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a $21.5 million rate increase for New Mexico Gas Co. The Public Regulation Commission made its decision Tuesday after a two-hour meeting in which commissioners heard recommendations from a hearing...

Albuquerque police staffing below target levels

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police Department said it is short nearly hundred officers from its targeted staffing level. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ySBYiH ) that the department is down at least 75 officers. The current police force of 1,027 is...