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9:30am

Thu February 6, 2014
Local and State News

NM Girl Hurt in DWI Crash To Get Firefighter Visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old New Mexico girl injured in a suspected drunken driven motorcycle crash that killed her father is getting a special visit from firefighters.

The Albuquerque Fire Department planned a visit yesterday to bring Magen Sanchez gifts while she recovers from injuries at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Authorities say a truck driven by Jacob Williams veered over a center line last month near Belen, killing 51-year-old Daniel Sanchez and seriously injuring his daughter.

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9:29am

Thu February 6, 2014
Local and State News

Fire Prompts Evacuation of Nuclear Repository

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say six people have been released from the hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation after a truck caught fire in the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials say a truck hauling salt caught fire in the north mine about 11 a.m. yesterday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.

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9:28am

Thu February 6, 2014
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Panel To Consider Higher Permanent Fund Payout

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would provide more than $100 million for early childhood education.

The proposal by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, would increase yearly payouts from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to help finance early childhood programs.

The Rules Committee approved the measure on a 5-4 party-line vote yesterday, with Republicans in opposition.

A coalition of religious, education and social advocacy groups backs the proposal.

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9:27am

Thu February 6, 2014
Local and State News

House, Senate Panels Split on Capitol Gun Limits

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to restrict firearms in part of the New Mexico Capitol has cleared a House committee but a similar proposal failed in a Senate panel.

The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure yesterday to ban firearms, except by law enforcement officers or people with concealed handgun licenses, in the House chambers, galleries and comittee rooms.

The proposal would establish the ban as rule of the House rather than changing state law. The measure goes to another House panel.

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9:26am

Thu February 6, 2014
Local and State News

NM Panel Endorses Navajo Gambling Compact

NM panel endorses Navajo gambling compact

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel is recommending the New Mexico Legislature approve a proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation that would allow the state's largest tribe to open more casinos.

The Committee on Compacts voted 12-4 yesterday to forward the gambling agreement to the House and Senate for a vote this session.

Navajo leaders said after the meeting that they are confident of winning legislative approval for the gambling agreement.

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9:03am

Wed February 5, 2014
Local and State News

Chaparral Man Arrested in Metal Theft Case

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of stealing scrap metal and vehicle parts in Chaparral now is in custody.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies say 20-year-old Lorenzo Cano is being held on a $5,000 secured bond on suspicion of non-residential burglary.

On Dec. 20, a sheriff's deputy noticed a group of men standing near a pickup truck loaded with scrap metal.

After talking to the men, the deputy determined the scrap metal and various vehicle parts didn't belong to any of them.

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9:02am

Wed February 5, 2014
Local and State News

911 Call Released Linked To Home of Dead NM Boy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released a 911 recording linked to an address where a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy was found dead six months later.

On the 911 call released yesterday and recorded June 2013, a male is heard verbally abusing and using expletives at someone named "Omaree." A woman's voice also is heard screaming as a child cries in the background.

Albuquerque police later traced the call to the same site where 9-year-old Omaree Varela would be found dead in December.

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9:01am

Wed February 5, 2014
Local and State News

5 Democrats in Race To Unseat Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque yesterday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.

No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.

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9:00am

Wed February 5, 2014
Local and State News

Panel Oks Study of Cost-Sharing for Amtrak Route

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel has approved a proposal to study whether New Mexico should pay part of the costs for keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief route, but lawmakers are reluctant to immediately commit money for maintaining and improving the track.

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3:19pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Local and State News

NM Preserve Submits Latest Report to Congress

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Not as many people visited Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2013 as the previous year.

Officials say the 11 percent drop in visitation is a result of the northern New Mexico preserve being forced to close while firefighters battled the Thompson Ridge Fire.

The blaze burned across more than 36 square miles of the preserve during the height of the summer tourist season.

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3:18pm

Tue February 4, 2014
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Panel Chairwoman Opposes Highlands Regent Nominee

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate committee leader is opposing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's appointee to the governing board of New Mexico Highlands University.

Rules Committee chairwoman Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said Monday she'll recommend the panel reject Carl Foster's nomination to the university's board of regents.

Lopez said Foster has a conflict of interest because of a pending lawsuit against the school for breach of contract.

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3:16pm

Tue February 4, 2014
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NM Agency Gives More Leeway on Physical Education

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Public Education Department is allowing some high school students to count activities such as marching band, athletics and Junior ROTC for their physical education requirement.

A recent from the department updates rules on waivers. It says current seniors and some juniors can be grandfathered in under old rules if districts apply for waivers.

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3:15pm

Tue February 4, 2014
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NM House Panel Oks Bill for Tougher DWI Penalties

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill advancing in the New Mexico House would toughen penalties for repeat drunken-driving offenders.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the bill would increase prison sentences for fourth and subsequent DWI offenses to 30 months in prison, up from 18 months. Also, 18 months of the 30 months could not be suspended or deferred.

In addition, the bill would make an eighth or subsequent offense a felony punishable by a 12-year prison sentence, of which 10 years could not be suspended or deferred.

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3:13pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Local and State News

Statements Given in NM Immigrant License Case

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in a trial of a Chinese national prosecutors said helped more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a jury on Monday heard statements in the trial of Hai Gan in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.

The 56-year-old Texas resident has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts of fraud and eight counts of transporting undocumented, among other charges.

U.S. attorney Randy Castellano says the case is about pure greed.

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10:42am

Mon February 3, 2014
Local and State News

Holloman Base To Hold Memorial for Airman

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A memorial service will be held this week for one of three airmen from Holloman Air Force Base killed in a car accident last month in Alamogordo.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports a service for 19-year-old Airman 1st Class Lamont Cullars will be held at the chapel on base tomorrow.

The 11 a.m. service will be open to all U.S. Department of Defense ID cardholders, escorted visitors and friends.

Memorials for the other two victims were held last month.

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10:31am

Mon February 3, 2014
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Albuquerque Police Investigating Stabbing of Woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating the stabbing of a woman.

Officer Simon Drobik says officers were called around 4 a.m. to respond to a disturbance in the 3900 block of Montgomery Boulevard.

Drobik says officers found the woman had suffered multiple stab wounds.

She is recovering a hospital and none of the wounds appear to be life-threatening

10:29am

Mon February 3, 2014
Local and State News

Gov. Martinez Could Derail Amtrak Partnership

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to bring Amtrak's Southwest Chief train through New Mexico and two other states could get stopped in its tracks by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The New Mexican reports that proponents fear the plan to run Southwest Chief on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will hinge on the Republican governor's support.

Martinez has said in recent months that Amtrak is funded by Congress and any agreement should not leave New Mexico taxpayers with a large bill.

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10:28am

Mon February 3, 2014
Local and State News

Police Investigate Albuquerque Nightclub Shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say a man who was able to walk into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his head will survive.

Authorities are investigating the shooting, which the victim says took place at Graham Central Station, a popular night club.

They say the man walked into Loveless Women's hospital early yesterday. The hospital is across the street from the club.

Police say he is now in stable condition and is expected to recover.

They did not have any details about possible suspects.

10:26am

Mon February 3, 2014
Local and State News

Lawsuit Against NM Seeks Marijuana License

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man is suing New Mexico health officials to address what he says is a severe medical marijuana shortage.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Mark Springer filed a lawsuit late last week against the state Department of Health.

In the suit, Springer, who owns Medical Marijuana Inc., requests that the department reopen the application period for eligible marijuana growers and permit them to grow more of the plant.

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10:23am

Fri January 31, 2014
Local and State News

Drought Worsens in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Extreme drought is expanding its reach across northeastern New Mexico, while the state's largest city approaches 40 days without any snow or rain.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque say there's no precipitation in the forecast for the Albuquerque area through tomorrow. It marks one of the longest winter dry spells in nearly a century.

Roswell has also been without moisture for more than a month.

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