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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    FBI opens new lab at UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI in Albuquerque has opened a new crime lab at the University of New Mexico campus.

    FBI officials say the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory unveiled Tuesday will give law enforcement agencies in the state “highest quality digital forensics services” aimed at fighting terrorism and violent crimes. The lab will also help authorities with internet crimes, child pornography and intellectual property crimes.

  • Extra revenue projected for budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-controlled Legislature will have about $250 million available for budget increases and to potentially allow for tax cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, according to an updated revenue forecast issued Monday.

    Despite a sluggish economic recovery, the Legislature will start work in January for the first time since 2008 without a looming budget shortfall or the need to slash spending to avoid a deficit.

  • Ready for Takeoff
  • Benavidez found guilty

    Friends and family of Kevin Duran cried as the man accused of killing him was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday afternoon.

    The 10-woman, two-man jury hearing the case convicted Louis “Louie” Benavidez also of tampering with evidence, apparently shrugging off the defense argument that the Las Vegas Police Department investigation into the shooting was sloppy and that Benavidez wasn’t the man who shot and killed Duran on Sept. 25, 2009.

  • Electrifying
  • Teen accused of snatching woman’s purse

    A Las Vegas teen who was at a woman’s home to repay her for taking money from her bank account during an earlier incident apparently could not resist stealing her purse when she turned around to give him change, according to a court document.

    Now the 17-year-old teen is facing criminal charges.

    State police filed a probable cause statement in state District Court in Las Vegas accusing him with the unlawful taking of a credit card, fraud, larceny, fraudulent use of a credit card and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

  • Promotions
  • Snow, frigid temps move into region

    Two winter storm systems moved through the region over the weekend, giving way to clearer skies but colder temperatures by Sunday.

    And, according to the National Weather Service, there’s more to come.

    Another stronger winter weather system was expected to hit New Mexico, including the Las Vegas area, by Sunday night, and continue through Monday.

    Snow and single-digit temperatures were in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

  • PNM wants to halt plant emissions upgrade

    FARMINGTON (AP) — Public Service Co. of New Mexico wants a federal appeals court to set aside a decision requiring it to upgrade pollution controls at its coal-fired plant outside Farmington.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 5, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Dec. 4 — This afternoon at 2 o’clock, the canvassing board of the November election began the actual count and tabulation. All of last week and this forenoon, in the council chamber at the Capitol, were devoted to checking up missing returns. The missing ballot boxes from Quay county arrived last night but the keys to them were not enclosed. The last of the missing returns, those from several precincts in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties, are expected on Tonight’s train.