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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a legislative special session to help the state win a Tesla Motors facility is a possibility.
New Mexico is one of four states that Tesla's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant has identified as finalists for a battery factory. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Martinez says her office is evaluating whether a special session is necessary to complete a package of economic incentives being crafted to help make New Mexico more appealing to Tesla.
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Researchers report finding twice as many bats hibernating in a cave at a national monument in in northwestern New Mexico and they say that may be the result of fewer human visitors.
The Gallup Independent reports that researchers found 180 bats hibernating in Junction Cave at El Malpais National Monument near Grants during a winter count.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A school bus driver in Albuquerque is accused of unsafe driving.
Bernalillo County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says callers reported that the bus had cut off a motorist and applied its brakes without regard for the safety of kids on the bus or of other motorists.
Williamson says there weren't any kids on the bus when it was pulled over in southwest Albuquerque Monday afternoon. He says they'd already been dropped off.
He says 51-year-old Linda Barreto was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates are preparing for another string of demonstrations targeting the lone Republican of New Mexico's congressional delegation.
The group Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced this week that activists will hold at least three protests in the district of Congressman Steve Pearce. He represents the state's border region and its most Hispanic congressional district.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's School of Medicine and College of Nursing are being recognized among "America's Best Graduate Schools."
UNM says that its School of Medicine's rural medicine program is ranked second in the nation in the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" for 2015. The College of Nursing's midwife program is fifth.
The magazine also ranks the School of Medicine's Family Medicine curriculum 9th and Primary Care curriculum 40th.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman Steve Pearce says a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study on the potential impacts of the SunZia transmission line on White Sands Missile Range validates concerns over the project.
The Hobbs Republican told reporters Tuesday on a conference call the study proves key U.S. Department of Defense concerns that the proposed 500-mile transmission project could interfere with missile tests. He says a proposed transmission line would be harmful to White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base.