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Cannon Air Force Base to get housing overhaul

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — Cannon Air Force Base is finalizing plans for a major overhaul of base housing that should help ease a shortage of affordable housing in the Clovis area. The plans are part of a $470 million deal approved by the U.S. Air Force this week to provide new and [&hellip...

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NMSU eager to put losing season behind

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Coming off its first losing season since 2004-05, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team can’t get back on the court soon enough. While the Aggies lost their leading scorer from last year’s 16-17 team, NMSU...

Clovis man gets 9 years on felony drug charges

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Possession with intent to distribute cocaine has landed a Clovis man in prison for nine years. The district attorney’s office says 31-year-old Melvin Payton was sentenced Thursday on felony drug charges. Payton was arrested Feb. 4....

Head of state’s medical marijuana program quits

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico’s medical marijuana program has quietly resigned and nobody is saying why. A state health department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Dominick Zurlo gave the state his notice about two weeks ago....

Cops: NM dad in DWI crash just released from jail

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her two children have been killed in a rollover after her husband, drunk and fresh out of jail, crashed their car. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/vWoHLi) that the crash Wednesday night in Valencia County...

Report: New Mexico foreclosures up 75 percent

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Initial foreclosure actions filed in New Mexico district courts against homeowners jumped 75 percent last month, according to new data released Thursday. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/rqTMGj ) that Irvine,...

DA to present ring charges soon to grand jury

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says the case against former UNM President F. Chris Garcia and other suspected leaders of a large-scale online prostitution ring will likely be presented to a grand jury within a month. Garcia is...

State police drop gang unit

November 12, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A shortage of personnel has forced the New Mexico State Police to disband its anti-gang unit. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/sYxjDJ) reports that instead of a three-person street crimes task force, state police will rely on...

Murder conviction upheld in 2005 Gallup killing

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions of a McKinley County man for the murder of a Gallup teenager in 2005. Joseph Evans was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 16-year-old Felicia Penaloza. The Gallup High...

Court affirms Robert Fry’s murder convictions

November 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a Farmington man for killing two people in the northwestern New Mexico community in 1996. Robert Fry is on death row for another murder. The court on Thursday upheld Fry’s...