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8:50am

Tue March 25, 2014
Local and State News

Jeb Bush To Fundraise for New Mexico Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is to visit New Mexico this week to raise campaign money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez political spokesman Danny Diaz said Bush will attend a fundraiser Tuesday in Farmington and another in Santa Fe on Wednesday.

Central Consolidated School District announced that Bush, Martinez and Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will speak at an elementary school in Shiprock Wednesday morning.

Bush served two terms as governor, first winning election in 1998.

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8:49am

Tue March 25, 2014
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Mesita Man Facing Prison for Choking, Biting Woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mesita man is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman in New Mexico two months ago.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Brian Dyea entered his plea Monday.

He was arrested on a criminal complaint alleging that he assaulted a Laguna Pueblo woman by choking and biting her on Jan. 12.

Authorities say the woman lost consciousness as a result of the assault. She suffered contusions to her forehead and foot, three bite marks to her left hand and forearm and a sprained wrist.

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8:48am

Tue March 25, 2014
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Protest of Albuquerque Police Shooting Planned

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Demonstrators are planning to protest the shooting of a man in the Sandia foothills by Albuquerque police.

A coalition of various groups will gather downtown Tuesday evening before marching to Albuquerque police headquarters.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says two officers unloaded three shots each after a 38-year-old James Boyd made threatening moves and refused to drop a knife.

Eden says police first used bean-bags and stun guns to try to disarm the man.

Boyd, who police say had a lengthy criminal record, later died.

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8:47am

Tue March 25, 2014
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Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a "premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

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8:33am

Tue March 25, 2014
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Bosque Farms Frustrated by Flood Insurance Hikes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the small village of Bosque Farms that borders the nearly dry Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, home and business owners have shelled out more than $600,000 a year recently for federally subsidized flood insurance. The payments covered claims that have totaled only $2,192 during the decades-old life of the program.

And the rates just keep going up.

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9:59am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Top Water Officials Briefed on Rio Grande

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top water officials from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are indicating a willingness to work together as severe drought continues to hammer the region's water supplies.

Still, there was tension Thursday as officials with the Rio Grande Compact Commission gathered in Santa Fe for an annual meeting focused on management of the river.

New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines told his fellow commissioners he was disappointed the fight over the lower Rio Grande continues.

Texas officials say they're trying to defend their water rights.

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9:57am

Fri March 21, 2014
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State Police Fired Albuquerque Officer in Shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer in Sunday's fatal Albuquerque police shooting was hired by the department shortly after he was fired from New Mexico State Police in connection with a double-dipping scandal.

Detective Keith Sandy, a seven-year veteran with Albuquerque police, was fired by New Mexico State Police in 2007 following allegations a private contractor paid him for teaching classes while state police paid him to take classes.

Sandy never faced criminal charges in connection with the allegations.

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9:56am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Dealers Sue New Mexico Over Auto Inspection Rule

ALBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico automobile dealers are suing the state attorney general over a new rule requiring inspections and damage disclosures for used vehicles before they're sold to the public.

Attorney General Gary King's office says his office now faces three separate lawsuits filed by the New Mexico Independent Automotive Dealers Association, the New Mexico Automotive Dealers and multiple individual dealers over the rule his office enacted.

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9:55am

Fri March 21, 2014
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New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Obama

Obama and is facing up to five years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say Tracy York White, of Las Cruces, entered into a plea agreement Thursday in a Las Cruces court.

White remains in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

He was arrested last October, days after making the threats.

A criminal complaint alleged that White threatened Obama during an Oct. 24 telephone conversation with an employee of the Social Security Administration in Ohio.

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9:53am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Landfill Search for 'E.T.' Video Game Halted

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

The Alamogordo News reports "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" game cartridges were rumored to have been dumped in the landfill in the 1980s.

New Mexico Environment Department spokesman Jim Winchester says an approved waste excavation plan is needed before any dig.

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9:52am

Fri March 21, 2014
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Nuclear Waste from New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The operator of the nation's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until it reopens.

Waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad is halted because of a Feb. 5 truck fire and a Feb. 14 radiation leak that contaminated 17 workers.

Nuclear Waste Partnership says it and the Department of Energy propose to ship Los Alamos waste to a Waste Control Specialists site in Texas' Andrews County.

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9:11am

Thu March 20, 2014
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Gov. Highlights Tax Help for New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Low income residents and senior citizens in New Mexico can get their taxes prepared for free.

Gov. Susana Martinez was in Albuquerque Tuesday to highlight Tax Help New Mexico, which offers free tax preparation for anyone over 65 and New Mexicans with an annual income of less than $52,000.

Last season, Tax Help New Mexico prepared 31,478 returns that resulted in $19 million in refunds and saved New Mexicans more than $4 million in tax preparation fees.

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9:09am

Thu March 20, 2014
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New Mexico Enrolls 103K in Medicaid Since October

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reports that about 103,000 low-income New Mexicans have enrolled in Medicaid since the state expanded who qualifies for the health care program last year.

Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the state is on track to meet projections that about 130,000 people will gain medical coverage during the first year of the Medicaid expansion.

Enrollment opened in October and services started in January. Medicaid provides health care for nearly 30 percent of the state's population.

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9:08am

Thu March 20, 2014
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New Mexico Seeking To Avoid Past Tesla Mistakes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are hoping to avoid the mistakes of six years ago after Tesla Motors opted not to build an auto manufacturing plant in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that New Mexico officials are discussing a variety of options in an effort to lure Tesla into building a lithium-ion battery factory in the state.

New Mexico is one of four states identified as finalists for a lithium-ion battery factory that would supply the company's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

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9:06am

Thu March 20, 2014
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Officers in Albuquerque Police Shooting Identified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The officers in a fatal Albuquerque police shooting of a man in the city's foothill have been identified.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez says officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez are linked to the fatal shooting Sunday.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital. The man, who has not been identified, later died.

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9:05am

Thu March 20, 2014
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Democrat Staying in State Treasurer's Race

Democrat staying in state treasurer's race

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The secretary of state's office says former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla has secured a place on the June primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for state treasurer.

Padilla turned in additional nominating petition signatures Tuesday to continue his candidacy after failing to win a place on the ballot at the Democratic pre-primary nominating convention earlier this month.

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8:51am

Wed March 19, 2014
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2 New Mexico Tribes Considering Opening Casinos

(Information in the following story is from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico tribes have approached the governor about gambling compacts, making for a crowded field in the world of Native American gambling operations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials with Zuni Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo said Friday that fewer federal and state funds and the economy's downturn factored into their decision.

Both tribes sent letters to Gov. Susana Martinez in January expressing their interest.

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8:49am

Wed March 19, 2014
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Report: New Mexico Leans on Oil, Gas Revenue

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report detailing New Mexico's reliance on oil and gas shows diversifying the state's economy could prove challenging.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Tax Research Institute found even counties where there is little oil and gas development have benefited from those industries.

According to the institute, $1.7 billion of $5.5 billion of the state's general fund last year was from oil and gas revenues.

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8:48am

Wed March 19, 2014
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Santa Fe Man Convicted in 2012 Party Killings

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting two men at a Santa Fe-area Christmas party in 2012 has been found guilty of the slayings.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a jury convicted 19-year-old Joe Rivera on Saturday of one count each of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Rivera shot 23-year-old John Griego and 29-year-old Nicholas Baker outside of Griego's home on Christmas Day.

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8:42am

Wed March 19, 2014
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National Science Foundation Gets New Director

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An internationally recognized astrophysicist with ties to New Mexico has been tapped to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation.

The nomination of France Cordova was approved by the U.S. Senate this week.

Cordova, a Santa Fe resident, is a former president of Purdue University. She's also on the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution and she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1979 and 1989.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says he looks forward to working with Cordova.

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