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APS may seek independent police force

October 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools plans to take “aggressive” steps toward making its police force independent of other law enforcement agencies. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/pr336u) says board members decided on that course of action in a meeting Friday. They also decided to ask for an extension from Bernalillo...

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Bransons, space tourists anxious for maiden flight

October 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Few people know British billionaire Richard Branson better than his mother. After all, some say she instilled in him much of his resourcefulness and thirst for adventure. From flying around the world in a balloon to swimming with sharks,...

Albuquerque man convicted of marijuana trafficking

October 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury found a 53-year-old Albuquerque man guilty of a marijuana trafficking offense. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/pnDwtD ) Edwin Toro Sanchez Sr. faces a five- to 40-year sentence for the conviction....

Sandoval County seeks new nominees for Senate post

October 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandoval County Commissioners decided to defer a decision on nominees to submit to the governor as a candidate for the Senate District 21 seat vacated by Kent Cravens. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/oXJdJP )...

NM police subdue man after protesters assaulted

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police subdued a 48-year-old man who lunged with a knife at a group of protesters gathered Friday evening near the University of New Mexico in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police Sgt. Patrick Ficke said...

NM Dems oppose special master for redistricting

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats and Native Americans opposed on Friday a Republican-backed proposal to have a court-appointed special master draw boundaries of elected office districts, including Congress and the Legislature. Groups of Democrats and several...

Balloon fiesta officials release 2011 stats

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are blaming the weather for a dip in the number of people who visited the event this year. The fiesta released the attendance numbers on Friday. This year’s estimated...

Watchdog sues again over Los Alamos lab proposal

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nuclear watchdog group on Friday filed a second lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a $5.8 billion plutonium research lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The suit filed in U.S. District Court by the Los Alamos Study Group...

NM police investigate pumpkin patch damage

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Curry County are looking for whoever is responsible for causing an estimated $4,500 in damages by driving through two eastern New Mexico pumpkin patches. Deputies say the first incident happened Tuesday night when someone...

Lawmakers decide against fight over subpoena

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has decided against waging a legal fight with Attorney General Gary King over the Legislature’s subpoena power and whether he had to turn over documents from an investigation of former Public Regulation Commissioner...