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Las Cruces wins grant to fight childhood obesity

January 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The city of Las Cruces has won a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors to battle childhood obesity. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/wiZYye) that Las Cruces was one of six cities to win such a grant. The mayors’ group says the awards went to cities with outstanding [&hellip...

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NM legislative session could cost taxpayers $5M

January 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill hearing to the governor will require taxpayers to shell out about $5 million for the Legislature’s 30-day session. The spending measure will cover session expenses and allocate more than $14 million for year-round...

Supreme Court to hear redistricting appeal Feb. 7

January 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hold a hearing Feb. 7 on a challenge to a plan for redistricting the state House of Representatives. The Legislature and a group of Democrats and minority voters are asking the Supreme Court to overturn a...

Grand jury indicts woman accused of stabbing son

January 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted a woman on charges that she stabbed her 8-year-old son with a screwdriver in his head, neck and chest. Thirty-one-year-old Liesha Henderson was charged in Wednesday’s indictment with...

Judge adopts redistricting plan for PRC

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats will continue to have a chance at winning four of the five seats on New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency under a redistricting plan approved Wednesday by a state district court judge. Two Republicans, two Democrats...

Jury convicts NM man of 2nd-degree murder

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man already facing the death penalty for killing a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy in 2006 has been convicted in another murder case. Jurors in Las Cruces found Michael Astorga’s guilty Wednesday of...

Appeals aim to overturn NM House redistricting map

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republicans tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to derail a legislative appeal of a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives. The outcome of the redistricting fight could influence policy...

Arizona officials amend wolf release policy

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A month after voting to oppose any new releases of Mexican gray wolves, officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department have amended their policy and reaffirmed their support for conserving the endangered animal. The troubled...

House approves $5M for legislative session

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a measure providing $5 million for expenses of the Legislature’s 30-day session. The measure cleared the House on a unanimous vote Wednesday after partisan sparring over redistricting. Republicans tried...

US Border Patrol to make decision on south NM base

January 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will make a decision Friday on a much-debated planned substation for southern New Mexico’s Animas Valley, the agency recently announced. Federal officials said the agency will hand down its final...