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9:06am

Thu March 20, 2014
Local and State News

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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8:41am

Wed March 19, 2014
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ABQ Biopark Zoo Welcomes Tiny New Dove To The Nest

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Feathers are getting ruffled by a new member of the Albuquerque zoo's family.

KRQE-TV reports that the ABQ Biopark Zoo is caring for a new tiny bird known as the Socorro Dove.

Zoo officials say the breed is extinct in the wild and only a hundred exist in captivity.

The zoo currently houses 25 Socorro Doves as part of its special breeding program to increase the bird's population.

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3:39pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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New Mexico Special Session for Tesla Eyed

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.

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3:38pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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More Bats Found in Cave at N.M. National Monument

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.

That's up from between 80 and 90 in the past.

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3:37pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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Albuquerque School Bus Driver Arrested

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.

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3:36pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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Advocates To Hold Protests Targeting Pearce

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.

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3:35pm

Tue March 18, 2014
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Fire Burns Thousands of Acres in Eastern N.M.

CROSSROADS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire that burned thousands of acres of prairie in eastern New Mexico is now fully contained.

Crews are mopping up hot spots remaining from the Highway 508 fire, which started in Lea County before moving into Roosevelt County.

Its size is estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

State Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware says lighter winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighting efforts late Monday.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

1:51pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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UNM Fares Well in Graduate School Rankings

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.

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1:49pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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Pearce: MIT Study Validates Concerns Over Sunzia

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.

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1:49pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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New Mexico Investments Notch 16.3 Percent Return

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.

The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.

According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.

The council says it's been reducing the overall portfolio's volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

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1:48pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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Las Cruces Orders Ethics Training for City Workers

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces is making the city's more than 1,300 employees take a refresher class on ethics.

City Manager Robert Garza says that's because of several cases of alleged wrongdoing by employees.

Those cases include pending forgery and embezzlement allegations against at least one automobile fleet management worker and streets workers being accused of diverting city materials.

New city employees already receive ethics training during orientation shorty after being hired.

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1:47pm

Wed March 12, 2014
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Feds Funnel $28M To New Mexico Water Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several water projects in New Mexico will be getting a funding boost.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to fund eight projects that will bring more than $28 million to the state.

Lawmakers say the projects will help prevent potentially dangerous and costly flooding.

The projects include work along the Middle Rio Grande Valley and in Alamogordo and San Miguel County.

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8:46am

Mon March 10, 2014
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Air Testing at Nuclear Dump Shows No Contamination

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the nation's only underground nuclear repository shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month.

Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad said Sunday that instruments used to measure air quality and radioactivity were sent underground Friday and Saturday in the first step to resuming operations at the plant.

They say initial results indicate no contamination in the air or on the measuring equipment.

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8:44am

Mon March 10, 2014
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New Law will Allow Schools to Stock Emergency Medications

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools will now be able to stock emergency medication to treat students who suffer asthma attacks or allergic reactions.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 75 into law Sunday at the American Lung Association's Albuquerque office.

Martinez says the law can and will save the lives of children.

The legislation will allow school nurses to administer the medication even to students who don't have a prescription.

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8:42am

Mon March 10, 2014
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FBI Searching for Suspect in Albuquerque Bank Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI and Albuquerque police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a US Bank.

Authorities say the suspect robbed the bank on Central Avenue on Friday while wearing a surgical mask, sunglasses and a dark hoodie jacket.

According to witnesses, the man entered the bank around 10:40 a.m. and walked up to a teller, demanding money.

The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and then left on foot.

He is described as black, in his 50s, about 5'10" tall with a medium build.

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