Former New Mexico governor remembered as Hispanic role modelApril 27, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jerry Apodaca, a Democrat who became New Mexico's first Hispanic governor in 54 years when he took office in 1975, has died. He was 88.
He died at his home in Santa Fe on Wednesday after what may have been a stroke, his son Jeff Apodaca said.
US House speaker attends rally in New Mexico swing districtApril 11, 2023 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy attended a rally in southern New Mexico on Monday for former U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell as the GOP tries to flip a congressional swing seat back to GOP control in 2024.
Cities will get nearly $200M in grants for pipeline upgradesApril 5, 2023 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The first $196 million in grants for a $1 billion federal program to repair and replace aging, sometimes leaking natural gas pipelines across the county were announced Wednesday.
NM St coach: ‘They made a statement by hiring a guy like me’March 26, 2023 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State's new coach said Sunday his focus is on rebuilding the culture of a program that was shut down in midseason after back-to-back scandals.
“I think they made a statement when they hired a guy like me,” said Jason Hooten, who came from Sam Houston State and was introduced in a pep rally setting at the Aggies' arena.
New Mexico opts for veto power on spent nuclear fuel debateMarch 18, 2023 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor on Friday signed legislation aimed at keeping spent nuclear fuel produced by commercial U.S. nuclear power plants from being shipped to the state, just hours after the measure cleared its final legislative hurdle.
New Mexico House budget plan would boost spending, savingsFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico House lawmakers endorsed a $1 billion increase in annual state general fund spending Wednesday to raise public salaries, shore up rural health care networks and expand no-pay day care and college.
New Mexico may seek veto power over spent nuke fuel storageFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate on Monday approved a proposed ban on the local disposal of spent nuclear fuel, unless the state provides its consent first.
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New Mexico lawmakers aim to attract hydrogen investmentsJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers will consider public incentives aimed at attracting investments in hydrogen production and distribution as a potential new source of industrial employment and an alternative for vehicles and factories that rely on climate-warming fossil fuels, as the legislature convenes next week.
Sam Houston secures 75-62 win over New Mexico StateJanuary 1, 2023 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Qua Grant had 17 points in Sam Houston's 75-62 win against New Mexico State on Saturday night.
Grant had five rebounds for the Bearkats (11-3). Donte Powers scored 14 points, shooting 4 for 9 (4 for 7 from 3-point range) and 2 of 3 from the free throw line.
New Mexico State to begin search for next chancellorDecember 28, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is searching for its next chancellor.
The Las Cruces campus announced in a news release Wednesday that the university's Board of Regents has approved the administration to start looking for a new leader.
New Mexico seeks tougher provisions for US nuclear dumpDecember 20, 2022 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials on Tuesday released a draft permit that includes tougher provisions for the U.S. government to meet if it wants to continue dumping radioactive waste from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making in the New Mexico desert.
Suspect arrested in death of teen hit by SUV in Las CrucesDecember 10, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in the death of a teenage boy who was killed by an SUV investigators say veered off a Highway 70 frontage road and struck him while he was walking on the sidewalk.
New Mexico State hiring investigator to probe fatal shootingDecember 6, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University announced Tuesday that it will hire an external, third-party investigator to review the events surrounding last month’s fatal shooting of a student from a rival school.
Odunewu’s 23 lead New Mexico State past Simon Fraser 77-35December 6, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Shakiru Odunewu had 23 points in New Mexico State's 77-35 win against Simon Fraser on Monday.
Odunewu also contributed 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (4-2).
Bowl-eligible New Mexico State drubs ValparaisoDecember 4, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Diego Pavia threw a career-high four touchdown passes, all in the first half, and New Mexico State celebrated bowl-eligibility with a 65-3 rout of Valparaiso on Saturday.
Pavia's TD throws were 50 yards to Jonathan Brady, 69 yards to Justice Powers, 70 yards to Kordell David, and 72 yards to Bryce Childress.
Roy scores 23 in New Mexico State’s 95-70 win against UTEPDecember 1, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Roy had 23 points in New Mexico State's 95-70 win over UTEP on Wednesday.
Roy was 7-of-10 shooting, including 3 for 4 from distance, and went 6 for 6 from the line for the Aggies (3-2).
NMSU coach offers condolences to family of slain UNM studentNovember 30, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State basketball coach Greg Heiar says he feels responsible for a fatal shooting that involved one of his players and has offered condolences to the family and friends of the deceased University of New Mexico student.
New Mexico State rolls past Lamar for third straight winNovember 13, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Diego Pavia threw for two touchdowns, Jamoni Jones had a pair of short scoring rushes and New Mexico State defeated Lamar 51-14 on Saturday for the Aggies’ third straight victory, their first three-game win streak since 2017.
Democrats flip House seat in New Mexico with Vasquez victoryNovember 10, 2022 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic challenger Gabe Vasquez has won election to Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd District, defeating incumbent Rep. Yvette Herrell in a majority-Hispanic district along the U.S.
New Mexico State project seeks more nutritious chile peppersOctober 19, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It’s no secret that chile is a popular and essential crop in New Mexico.
Now researchers at New Mexico State University are working to develop more nutritious and better-yielding chile pepper varieties to improve overall productivity in the nation’s top chile-producing state.
Frakes leads New Mexico State past New Mexico 21-9October 16, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Freshman Gavin Frakes threw two touchdown passes and New Mexico State breezed to a 21-9 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night.
After Luke Drzewiecki's 44-yard field goal staked New Mexico (2-5) to a 3-0 lead, Frakes fired a 22-yard scoring strike to Ahmonte Watkins with three minutes left in the first quarter and New Mexico State (2-5) never trailed again.
Study shows sharp decline in teacher vacancies in New MexicoOctober 11, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University study has found that teacher vacancies in the state have dropped significantly over the last year.
Several people injured after New Mexico school bus rolloverOctober 5, 2022 GMT
BENT, N.M. (AP) — Several people have been injured Wednesday after a rollover involving a school bus in southern New Mexico, authorities said.
Roswell Independent School District officials said students from Mountain View Middle School were headed on a trip to Las Cruces on Wednesday morning when the bus left the road and went into a ditch.
Growth in licensed products gives NMSU athletics an assistOctober 3, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pete’s Most Wanted Salsa, a new product bearing the image of New Mexico State University mascot Pistol Pete, celebrated its launch Wednesday with a party at La Posta de Mesilla; and the university says more branded products will soon be joining a growing family of licensed NMSU merchandise.
Florida International tops New Mexico State 21-7October 2, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Grayson James threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions in the first half to guide Florida International to a 21-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
New Mexico St. runs for 353 yards in 45-26 win over HawaiiSeptember 25, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Star Thomas had 144 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries, Jamoni Jones scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards and New Mexico State beat Hawaii 45-26 Saturday night.
New Mexico State coach Jerry Kill replaced Doug Martin, who went 25-74 overall and had one season with more than three wins (7-6 in 2017), got his first win with the Aggies (1-4).
GOP focuses on Hispanic voters with new Las Cruces centerSeptember 9, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party is bolstering efforts to reach Hispanic voters before the midterm elections with a new outreach center in Las Cruces.
Some GOP candidates and their supporters were on hand for the opening of the center inside a strip mall earlier this week.
Lee sparks Nevada to 23-12 victory over NMSU in openerAugust 28, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Devonte Lee ran for two second-quarter touchdowns and Nevada turned back New Mexico State 23-12 in a season opener on Saturday.
New Mexico State took the lead in the second quarter on a safety, but Lee answered with a 32-yard scoring run for a 7-2 Wolf Pack lead.
Governor: Film company relocating headquarters to Las CrucesAugust 17, 2022 GMT
SANTA FE. N.M. (AP) — California-based 828 Productions will relocate its headquarters to Las Cruces, joining Netflix and NBCUniversal as film partners with the state, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday.
Crowd protests relocation of abortion clinic to New MexicoJuly 20, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Anti-abortion activists from across the U.S. converged in southern New Mexico on Tuesday to protest relocation plans by the Mississippi clinic at the center of the court battle that overturned the Roe v.
Crowd protests relocation of abortion clinic to New MexicoJuly 20, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Anti-abortion activists from across the country converged in southern New Mexico on Tuesday to protest relocation plans by the Mississippi clinic at the center of the court battle that overturned Roe v.
Mississippi clinic ends challenge of near-ban on abortionJuly 20, 2022 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi abortion clinic that was at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade ended a lawsuit Tuesday in which it had sought to block the state from enforcing a law that bans most abortions.
Owner: Mississippi abortion clinic is sold, won’t reopenJuly 18, 2022 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi abortion clinic at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade has been sold and will not reopen even if it's allowed to do so by a state court, its owner told The Associated Press on Monday.
Judge clears New Mexico cop of chokehold death chargesJuly 14, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has cleared a former police officer of criminal charges after he was accused of killing a suspect with a chokehold more than two years ago.
Defense attorneys for former Las Cruces Police Officer Christopher Smelser had argued that prosecutors failed to prove to prove he knew his actions were dangerous and created a risk of death or great bodily harm to Antonio Valenzuela, 40, after he fled from a traffic stop on Feb.
New Mexico officer testifies at ex-partner’s murder trialJuly 12, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico police officer got emotional on the witness stand Tuesday at his former professional partner’s murder trial when recalling the danger that he believed he faced in trying to arrest a man who died in a 2020 struggle with officers.
Murder trial begins for ex-New Mexico officer in 2020 deathJuly 12, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico police officer charged with murder in a man’s death during a 2020 struggle with officers didn’t properly use a chokehold that gradually ended the man’s life, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in opening statements at the ex-officer’s trial.
Ex-Las Cruces police officer’s murder trial to start MondayJuly 9, 2022 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fired Las Cruces police officer who put a suspect in a fatal chokehold is set to begin his murder trial next week.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the trial of Christopher Smelser.
Bob Talamini, member of Jets’ Super Bowl team, dies at 83June 6, 2022 GMT
Bob Talamini, an offensive lineman on the New York Jets' Super Bowl-winning team in 1969 after eight seasons with the Houston Oilers, died May 30. He was 83.
Citing his family, the Jets announced Talamini's death on their website Saturday night.
New Mexico court upholds $165M damage awards in FedEx crashMay 19, 2022 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday upheld $165 million of jury awards against FedEx in a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from a deadly crash involving a Texas family and a contract driver for the delivery company.
Family demands murder charge for officer in fatal shootingMay 13, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces family is demanding that the police officer who fatally shot a 75-year-old family member be charged with murder and plans to sue the city, the family's lawyer said Thursday.
Afghan evacuees mark first US Ramadan with gratitude, agonyApril 5, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) — Sitting cross-legged on the floor as his wife and six children laid plates of fruit on a red cloth in front of him, Wolayat Khan Samadzoi watched through the open balcony door for the sliver of new moon to appear in the cloudless New Mexico sky, where the sun had set beyond a desert mountain.
Mississippi State hires New Mexico State’s Jans as coachMarch 20, 2022 GMT
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State named Chris Jans its men’s basketball coach on Sunday, a day after he led New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament's second round.
The school announced the hire on its athletic department's website but did not provide details.
Teddy Allen scoring in ‘Buckets’ for New Mexico StateMarch 18, 2022 GMT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teddy Allen picked up the “Teddy Buckets” nickname as a freshman at West Virginia for his deft scoring ability. It took him five stops in five years to finally feel at home with New Mexico State.
New Mexico woman found guilty in 2018 double murderMarch 12, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES (AP) — A New Mexico jury has reached a guilty verdict for a female defendant accused of killing her ex-boyfriend with the help of a new boyfriend in 2018.
Prosecutors argued that Cristal Cardenas and Luis Flores tried to hire a hitman to kill the father of Cardenas’ daughter, and did it themselves when it didn’t work out.
Man who helped thwart attempted kidnapping killed in crashMarch 11, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An 18-year-old Las Cruces man who was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a 2020 attempted kidnapping and assault has died in a motorcycle crash, police said.
Canaan Bower was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a car making a turn, police said Thursday in a statement.
Allen leads New Mexico State past Utah Valley 62-46March 6, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Teddy Allen had 20 points as New Mexico State breezed past Utah Valley 62-46 on Saturday night.
Johnny McCants had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (24-6, 13-4 Western Athletic Conference).
Jossell leads Stephen F. Austin over New Mexico St. 73-71March 3, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Latrell Jossell registered 17 points as Stephen F. Austin stretched its win streak to nine games, edging past New Mexico State 73-71 on Wednesday night.
Sadaidriene Hall's two free throws with five seconds left gave the Lumberjacks a five-point edge before the Aggies made a 3-pointer at game's end.
DA warns Dona Ana sheriff on compliance with camera mandateMarch 2, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy didn't wear a required body camera during a shooting incident, prompting the district attorney to warn the sheriff that deputies must comply with the requirement set by state law.
Police: Deputies fatally shoot man after he shot at oneFebruary 25, 2022 GMT
EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Torrance County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a Las Cruces man after he allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot at one of the deputies, who was not hurt, officials said.
Virgin Galactic: Q4 Earnings SnapshotFebruary 22, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (SPCE) on Tuesday reported a loss of $80.8 million in its fourth quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Las Cruces, New Mexico-based company said it had a loss of 31 cents.
Las Cruces cancels results of bidding for pandemic aid fundsFebruary 22, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — City officials in Las Cruces have canceled results of a process that solicited bids from organizations seeking federal pandemic aid, after an audit found procurement code violations and inconsistent project eligibility practices.
Allen leads New Mexico State past Dixie State 75-64February 17, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Teddy Allen had 20 points and 10 rebounds as New Mexico State stretched its home win streak to nine games, topping Dixie State 75-64 on Wednesday night.
Johnny McCants had 17 points and five steals for the Aggies (21-4, 10-2 Western Athletic Conference).
Storm leaving New Mexico but leaving bitter cold, icy roadsFebruary 3, 2022 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A major storm was leaving New Mexico on Thursday but leaving bitterly cold temperatures and roads slick from ice and packed with snow, prompting closures of schools in several cities and nonessential government services in Albuquerque.
NMSU suspends concession sales to increase mask complianceFebruary 1, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is suspending food and beverage sales during indoor spotting events because of what the university says is inconsistent compliance with the state's indoor mask mandate.
Parker out as NMSU provost; search for replacement launchedJanuary 27, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Carol Parker is out as New Mexico State University provost two months after being placed on paid administrative leave.
NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu disclosed in an email to university employees this week that Parker was no longer a university employee as of lJan.
New Mexico may tax tickets to space on Virgin GalacticJanuary 25, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pity the poor space flight passenger: Flying up up and away from Earth could get even more expensive as New Mexico lawmakers consider taxing the tickets on Virgin Galactic.
Second-degree murder conviction in 2020 stabbing in HatchJanuary 21, 2022 GMT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 37-year-old New Mexico man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2020 fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend in Hatch.
A Las Cruces jury found Salvador Gonzales guilty on Friday.