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News from around New Mexico:

  • Operation Rescue, a controversial anti-abortion group based in Kansas, is planning to set up an office in Albuquerque, which the group calls an “Abortion Capital” on its website, and will protest in front of clinics that perform late-term abortions.
  • The Legislative Finance Committee reports there has been a more than 6 percent drop in state employees since New Mexico imposed a hiring freeze in late 2008.
  • Another $3 million in cuts may loom, but Santa Fe County Manager Roman Abeyta has announced his plan to get halfway to the county’s budget-slashing goal — and it doesn’t include layoffs.
  • Three men believed to be involved in more than 200 burglaries each have been indicted in Valencia County on 39 felony counts, including charges of vehicle burglary, breaking and entering and conspiracy.
  • President Barack Obama has signed legislation that honors former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall by naming the Interior Department’s building in Washington, D.C., for him. Udall died in March at his Santa Fe home at age 90.
  • Witnesses on Tuesday described the violence that occurred at a Santa Fe apartment complex last month, where a 22-year-old man was shot to death in a parking lot.
  • Robert J. Flores, 25, of Las Cruces, who is accused of causing his baby daughter’s death in December 2007 by leaving her in a clothes hamper, will go on trial in Albuquerque in September.
  • The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism says its federal funding for such efforts will more than double this year to about $3.2 million.
  • Scott Owens, the man accused of killing four Santa Fe teenagers in a 2009 crash, waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday and will go to trial in October, KOAT-TV reported.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $584,400 for an affordable housing project in Silver City.
  • Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies will go to a five-day workweek under a plan announced Tuesday by Sheriff Greg Solano. For many years, deputies have worked a four-day, 10-hour week.
  • Armando Marrufo, a 29-year-old Alamogordo man facing first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 16, 2009, death of Orlando McKinley Jr., had pleaded guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • El Paso police on Monday arrested a New Mexico middle school teacher for allegedly soliciting a teenage girl on the Internet.
  • Firefighters in the southern New Mexico city of Carlsbad are hearing from residents worried about bees.
  • The Farmington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a law requiring candidates to remove political signs within five days following an election day and limiting the placement of the signs to within 60 days prior to an election.
  • The DWI Resource Center, a nonprofit group that provides information on drunken drivers and DWI incidents to the public and law enforcement agencies around the state, has lost a grant from the city of Albuquerque that accounts for half the organization’s budget.
  • Mike Fletcher has resigned as president of the Luna County Economic Development Corporation, a move that Fletcher isn’t publicly explaining but took several local officials by surprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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