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Official: Tobacco payments declining for NM

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Big Tobacco’s payments to New Mexico for smoking-related deaths are declining, joining a number of states that are seeing drops due to falling national smoking rates, a state economist told state lawmakers. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/v7nvnX ) reports that state economist Elisa Walker-Moran said Monday that New...

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3 bust into Albuquerque home wearing masks

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three armed men wearing Halloween masks busted into an Albuquerque apartment and robbed the terrified residents. What the three didn’t count on was the residents fighting back. Police say the masked men were armed with a...

Cops: NM woman lost part of scalp after fight

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is recovering after police say she lost part of her scalp during a violent fight with a former friend. Las Cruces police detectives say that early Saturday 19-year-old Gabriela Nunez and a former friend, also 19,...

7 women file gender lawsuit vs. Bernalillo County

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven women in Bernalillo County’s budget department have filed a federal lawsuit against the county alleging gender discrimination and demeaning behavior from male supervisors. The lawsuit filed in September claims Bernalillo...

Taos businessman to challenge Rep. Lujan

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan will have a challenger. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/u6pbRJ) that Rick Newton, a Taos businessman whose career includes high-profile deep-sea recovery projects, is slated...

1 teen killed, 5 other injured in NM rollover

November 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

DEXTER, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a rollover crash involving a stolen government vehicle that left one teenager dead and five others injured. Police say Chavez County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about two...

UNM grants permit for ‘Occupy’ demonstration

November 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is granting a permit that will allow protesters with Albuquerque’s version of the national anti-Wall Street rallies to demonstrate during certain hours through Sunday. The university announced its...

NM commission to consider delisting desert bighorn

November 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game Commission will decide this week whether to remove desert bighorn sheep from the state’s list of threatened and endangered species. The commission will meet Thursday in Farmington. The agenda also includes...

Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

November 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators on Monday cautioned Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration against rushing the implementation of a new law requiring the state to assign grades to rate the performance of public schools. Teachers, superintendents and...

Questions raised about NM lab’s safety program

November 1, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of memos from an official with the National Nuclear Security Administration has raised questions about safety procedures at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The memos state that the northern New Mexico lab has repeatedly...