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New Mexico Supreme Court smooths way for no-bond detentions

April 12, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

  Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez fields questions from the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M., on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Prosecutors and public defenders are turning to the high court for guidance on how to apply new constitutional provisions that can keep suspects jailed without bond until trial. Justices heard arguments...

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Woman sentence to probation, restitution for embezzlement

April 12, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former New Mexico teacher to pay restitution and supervised probation for a felony embezzlement charge. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/2o6SeVW) Judge James Hudson gave 44-year-old Michelle...

New Mexico nursing board puts college on notice

April 12, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College won’t be able to accept any new students into its nursing program until its graduates’ test results improve or it wins an appeal. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2op1G89) that the...

Man indicted in ax killing of Lincoln County ranch worker

April 12, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man arrested in the ax killing of a Ruidoso-area ranch worker has been charged with first-degree murder in the near-beheading. Court records say Andrew Poteet Magill’s case was transferred Monday from magistrate...

2 Santa Fe elementary schools face closure amid budget woes

April 12, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools is considering closing two elementary schools to prepare for a possible budget shortfall totaling as much as $9 million. Superintendent Veronica Garcia sent home letters to families of students Tuesday...

New Mexico lawmakers ponder next move in budget standoff

April 11, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading New Mexico lawmakers will gather this week to weigh the consequences of the governor’s veto of funding for the legislative branch of government in the coming fiscal year. The 16-member Legislative Council that oversees...

New Mexico on track to meet federal education mandates

April 11, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is moving ahead with plans to keep raising the bar for students and public schools as it works to meet federal mandates aimed at resetting the outdated and widely criticized No Child Left Behind education law. The state...

New Mexico snowpack survives record warm weather in March

April 11, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say New Mexico will have a healthy spring runoff despite seeing the warmest March on record threaten the state’s snowpack. New Mexico had a return to cool, wet weather late last month, leaving heavy snowpack in the...

Santa Fe man gets jail time for seventh DWI

April 11, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for his seventh drunken driving conviction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2p3JErP) 63-year-old Paul Heidel was also given a one-year suspended jail sentence on...

Pot dispensary to remain open despite State Fair violation

April 11, 2017 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has issued a ruling that prohibits the New Mexico Health Department from imposing a penalty against a medical marijuana dispensary for displaying a marijuana plant at last summer’s State Fair. The Santa Fe New Mexican...