2 Albuquerque Men Accused Of ID Theft And Debit Card Fraud - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say two Albuquerque men are in custody for alleged identity theft and debit card fraud at casinos.

Police announced Friday that both 36-year-old Chris A. Garcia and 36-year-old James Rogers have been booked into jail.

Agents with the State Police's Investigations Bureau in Albuquerque looked into a large amount of fraudulent debit card transactions that occurred at several casinos.

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New Mexico GOP Eyes Plans To Put State In Play In 2016 – Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

Republicans are laying the groundwork to put the state in play in 2016 just months after their historic victories in the nation's most Hispanic state.

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Authorities: Human Plague Case Confirmed In Santa Fe County 

The fourth confirmed case of human plague the year has been confirmed in New Mexico.

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that a laboratory confirmed a case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County.

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Albuquerque Councilors Support Reduced Marijuana Penalties 

The Albuquerque City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but that action will likely face opposition from Mayor Richard Berry, who plans to veto the legislation.

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Udall To Announce Legislation In Wake Of Mine Waste Spill – The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers.

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Japanese Government Gifts New Mexico Vets Memorial With Tree -The Associated Press 

The Japanese government has given a tree to honor New Mexico veterans to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Gets New Superintendent – The Associated Press

The executive director of the trust that currently oversees Valles Caldera National Preserve will be taking over as the preserve's superintendent.

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Feds To Pay $940M To Settle Claims Over Tribal Contracts Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

The Obama administration has agreed to pay a group of Native American tribes nearly a billion dollars to settle a claim that the government failed to adequately compensate tribes for education, law enforcement and other federal services.

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House Panel Schedules Meeting In Secretary Of State CaseThe Associated Press

The panel of New Mexico lawmakers that will be investigating fraud and other charges against one of the state's highest ranking officials as part of impeachment proceedings has scheduled its first meeting.

The House Special Investigatory Committee will meet Sept. 28 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The bipartisan panel will be discussing the hiring of special legal counsel, rules for the investigation and a hearing schedule.

The Legislative Council on Tuesday cleared the way for the committee to begin its work by approving up to $250,000 in state funds to finance the effort.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran has been accused of funneling campaign contributions into personal bank accounts and later withdrawing large sums of money while frequenting casinos around the state. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fraud Charges Against New Mexico's Secretary Of State –Associated Press

Embattled New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has made her first visit to her office since being charged more than two weeks ago with fraud, money laundering and other counts.

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New Mexico Secretary Of State Due In Court On Fraud Charges
-Associated Press

UPDATE 11:15 - A panel of New Mexico lawmakers has cleared the way for an investigation into fraud charges against one of the state's highest ranking officials.

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Gov. Martinez To Unveil New State Energy Plan Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to unveil a new energy policy as industry experts gather in southeastern New Mexico for an annual summit.

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Jury Finds Albuquerque Man Guilty In Child Abuse Case - The Associated Press

An Albuquerque man has been found guilty of some child abuse charges stemming from the beating death of his 9-year-old stepson.

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New Mexico AG Calls On Feds To Address Natural Gas Waste 
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general is calling on the federal government to move quickly in adopting new rules to curb the waste of natural gas and the resulting loss of millions of dollars in royalties that could benefit education and other public programs.

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Public Education Department Fined for Withholding Records – Santa Fe New Mexican

The Public Education Department must pay $14,000 in fees for failing to respond to a public records request.

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New Mexico House Speaker Names Panel To Investigate DuranThe Associated Press

New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp has announced creation of a 10-member bipartisan committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran and consider whether to recommend impeachment.

Democrat Gail Chasey of Albuquerque and Republican Zach Cook of Ruidoso will serve as co-chairs of the special committee announced Wednesday.

Duran faces a 64-count criminal indictment accusing her of funneling campaign contributions to personal bank accounts.

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Committee To Start Work On Impeachment Proceedings Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A New Mexico legislative committee plans to start work next week on impeachment proceedings against embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who is accused of funneling campaign contributions to personal bank accounts.

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Police: Man Dies In Police Custody At Walmart Parking Lot Associated Press

Authorities say one person has died in the custody of Bernalillo police at a Walmart parking lot after an apparent domestic dispute.


  New Mexico To Get Federal Funds To Combat Drug Overdoses - The Associated Press 

New Mexico health officials say the state will get federal funding for the next four years to stop prescription drug overdoses.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that the state will be part of the new program that will issue an annual grant of $850,000.

New Mexico is one of 16 states that successfully competed for the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New Mexico Vaccination Rates Reach Record High Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say vaccination rates among toddlers reached an all-time high last year.

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NM Regulators Accused Of 'Chummy' Relations With UtilityAssociated Press

An environmental group says members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too "chummy" with utility executives and should not be making any decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest.


Charges Against Official Fuel NM's Reputation For CorruptionAssociated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

Dianna Duran won two terms as secretary of state on the promise she would clean up the office after her predecessors were accused of wrongdoing.

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Albuquerque Starts New Superintendent Search Amid Turmoil - 
Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Albuquerque Public Schools must enter another superintendent search after its new school chief resigned following the hiring of an administrator facing child sex abuse charges.

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UPDATED: Board Accepts Albuquerque School Chief's Resignation - Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

The board that oversees New Mexico's largest school district has unanimously voted to accept the resignation of its embattled superintendent, who hired an administrator charged with child sex abuse.

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Secretary Of State Accused Of Embezzlement, Money Laundering - The Associated Press

New Mexico's Democratic attorney general has filed a complaint in state district court, accusing Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran of embezzlement, money laundering and other campaign-finance violations.

Attorney General Hector Balderas' office filed the 64-count complaint in Santa Fe late Friday afternoon.


New Mexico Utility Tries Again With New Rate RequestAssociated Press

New Mexico's largest electric utility is renewing its request to raise rates, this time by more than 14 percent.


PRC Approves Utility's Deal With Environmental Groups Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The Public Regulation Commission has accepted an agreement between Public Service Company of New Mexico and three environmental groups about the utility's proposal for a coal plant.


New Mexico Rolls Out Work Rules For Food StampsAssociated Press

New Mexico is pushing back the timeline for certain low-income adults who will have to meet work and job-training requirements to remain eligible for food stamps.

Denver Prosecutors Seek Arrest Of Former Deputy Superintendent - Albuquerque Journal

Prosecutors in Denver are seeking an arrest warrant for the former deputy superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools.

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Lab Manager Settles Lobbying Claims With $4.8M PaymentThe Associated Press 

The managers of one of the nation's premiere federal laboratories in New Mexico have agreed to pay nearly $4.8 million to settle allegations of improperly using taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and others to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract.

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EPA Knew Of 'Blow Out' Risk For Tainted Water At Gold Mine -
Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press

Internal documents show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.