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12:17pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Local and State News

$350K Buyout For Albuquerque Ex-School Chief OK'd

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has approved a $350,000 buyout for former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks who resigned earlier this month.

The judge ruled Friday that the settlement was in the best interest of the public and New Mexico's largest school district.

Brooks resigned after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.

The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

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12:14pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Mayor Appoints Navajo To Homelessness Task Force

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has appointed Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's former chief of staff to chair the city's new Native American Homelessness Task Force.

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12:13pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Costs Of NM Coal Power Plant Proposal Challenged

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Renewable energy advocates say the state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe-based group New Energy Economy in a filing with the Public Regulation Commission on Friday accused the utility of withholding from regulators key information about the plan's price tag.

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12:09pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Sheriff's Office: Man Fatally Shot During Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say an armed robber was shot and fatally wounded by an employee at an Albuquerque-area Dairy Queen.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says deputies in the area on a traffic stop heard the gunshots, went to the business and found the wounded man outside with apparent gunshot wounds late Thursday. He later died.

Williamson says the robber pointed a gun at a worker at the counter, demanded and received money but continued to point the gun. Williamson says that's when a second employee shot the man multiple times.

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12:08pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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County Changes Policy On Immigration Checks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's most populous county no longer will keep inmates in jail while their immigration status is being checked if there's no order to keep them in custody once they've posted bail.

Bernalillo County officials say the new policy means the county won't keep inmates confined at the Metropolitan Detention Center merely on the basis of a request from immigration authorities.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, County Attorney Randy Autio said the policy change is a result of court cases around the country.

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9:21am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Lawsuit Argues Medicaid Evaluations Hurt Disabled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Family members of developmentally disabled New Mexicans suing the state say a Medicaid assessment system puts recipients of services at risk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorneys for eight families asked a judge Wednesday to halt a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include 24-hour residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

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9:20am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Snake Sightings on the Rise in Southern New Mexico

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday that the Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes.

Treatment for a bite from a Mojave rattler requires different anti-venom.

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9:18am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Homicide Probe Leads to Albuquerque Chop Shop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say an Albuquerque man is facing charges of operating a chop shop where he sold off stolen car parts.

A judge ordered Jack McComas Jr. held Saturday on $15,000 bond. McComas faces six charges of receiving stolen property.

Authorities say investigators of a homicide went to a food equipment supply store in northwest Albuquerque in search of a truck involved in the crime.

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9:16am

Mon August 25, 2014
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UNM Expands Online Courses After Early Success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is expanding its global presence in the online world in a massive way.

School officials say they are increasing the number of free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, after one course last semester drew thousands of students from nearly 200 countries.

The Albuquerque Journal reported earlier this month that UNM will offer three courses this fall.

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9:13am

Mon August 25, 2014
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3 Sharks Born at ABQ BioPark Aquarium

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three baby Whitespotted Bamboo sharks have been born at Albuquerque's BioPark Aquarium.

ABQ BioPark officials announced Friday that the shark babies were born last Monday.

They were hatched from eggs laid by one of the female sharks in the aquarium's Shark/Ray Encounter exhibit.

The baby sharks measure about 4 inches long. They are projected to grow up to 3 feet.

Officials say Whitespotted Bamboo sharks are harmless to people. They are known for reproducing without the need for a male presence.

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11:43am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Court Reverses Conviction for 2005 Child Abuse

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has reversed the child abuse conviction of a Las Cruces man for allegedly causing severe brain injuries to his 2-month-old nephew in 2005.

The court on Thursday ordered the child abuse charge against Daniel Consaul dismissed with prejudice so it can't be refiled. Consaul was sentenced in 2009 to 18 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted when Gov. Susana Martinez was district attorney in Las Cruces.

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11:41am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Bear And Cub Removed From Santa Fe Neighborhood

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Game and Fish officers have tranquilized a mother bear and her cub that were treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

City police had been warning parents driving their children to Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast one street so the treed bears would not be spooked.

Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says neighborhood residents called police about 6 a.m. Friday to report the roaming bruins. Officers chased the bears into a tree and called Game and Fish.

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11:40am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Gov. Susana Martinez Travels To Meeting In Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled across the international border to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.

The governor's office said Martinez went Thursday to the Sonoran city of Hermosillo to attend a meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission along with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday.

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11:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
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NM, Mexico Sign Work Safety Agreement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.

Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.

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11:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Air Force: Airman Found Dead At New Mexico Base

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

Base officials say in a news release that the airman's body was discovered at housing on the base about 8 a.m. Thursday.

No other details were released, including anything related to a cause of death.

The Air Force says an investigation is underway.

The name of the airman is being withheld until after the family has been notified.

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9:52am

Wed August 6, 2014
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New Judge Files Lawsuit to Appear on Ballot

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A newly appointed judge is challenging New Mexico's system of allowing political parties to select the general election nominees in certain state judicial races.

District Judge Gina Manfredi in Sandoval County filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the 1st Judicial District court in Santa Fe to place her on the ballot rather than Bernalillo lawyer Christopher Perez.

A Democratic Party committee picked Perez to appear on the ballot rather than Manfredi, a Democrat appointed last month by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to a newly created judgeship.

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9:49am

Wed August 6, 2014
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State Building Plan Could Topple Historic Casitas

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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state proposal to construction a new multimillion-dollar office complex near the state Capitol could come at the expense of some historic Santa Fe buildings.

The New Mexican reports that officials presented the state Capitol Buildings Planning Commission with a proposal Monday for the $25 million government office building.

City officials, however, say the plan calls for the demolition of four 80-year-old "casitas."

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9:46am

Wed August 6, 2014
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New Mexico Man Blames Robbery on Stomach Scratch

(Information in the following story is from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man facing robbery and larceny charges says he merely scratched his stomach and didn't pull a gun when a grocery store clerk handed him cash.

KRQE-TV reports that Patrick Silva told police he only asked for change Sunday when a grocery store clerk thought he was robbing her and handed him more than $1,600.

Silva told police anyone handed lots of cash would take it and run, so that's what he did.

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9:44am

Wed August 6, 2014
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VA Review: No Patient Deaths Linked to Wait Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Veterans Affairs officials in New Mexico say a review has determined there was no link between the deaths of dozen veterans and their place on the waiting list for medical care.

Amid an investigation into lapses in care, the New Mexico VA health care system initially identified 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor. Officials promised to investigate each case to determine if the wait was a factor in their deaths.

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9:42am

Wed August 6, 2014
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NM Teens Indicted in Homeless Men Killings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers arrested for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated assault and numerous other charges.

The indictments were returned Tuesday by a Bernalillo County grand jury. Arraignments for the three teens have yet to be scheduled.

Because the 15- and 16-year-old suspects were charged as serious youthful offenders and indicted on first-degree murder charges, they will be tried alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios in adult court.

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