BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM


Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

New Mexico news at 1 p.m.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The teen accused of killing his parents and three siblings is portrayed in charging documents as a boy haunted by homicidal and suicidal thoughts that included fantasies of killing his girlfriend's parents and gunning down random people at a Wal-Mart. To his family, he was a bright and talented musician who played guitar, drums and bass with a church group. He also was a champion wrestler who dreamed of following his family's long tradition of military service, and a boy who accompanied his pastor father on rescue missions to Mexico. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Jeri Clausing.


SANTA FE, N.M. — Virgin Galactic says it supports newly proposed New Mexico legislation to limit liability of spacecraft part suppliers from damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights launched from the state. Virgin Galactic President George Whitesides also confirms that the company was involved in negotiations that led to a proposed bill that may be introduced at the Legislature Wednesday. By Barry Massey.


ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez says despite signally that she might be open to a compromise, she will continue to push for full repeal of a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. By Russell Contreras.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Walgreens won't allow individual pharmacists' personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions, two New Mexico advocacy groups have announced. By Russell Contreras.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Arizona man serving 90 years in prison on assault and firearms charges will have that sentence significantly reduced after a federal appeals court ruled that prosecutors did not prove he was a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, the first step to charging him with felony offenses that occurred on reservation land. By Felicia Fonseca.


SANTA FE, N.M. — Eileen Rogosin danced with Elvis Presley. Roy Rogosin conducted Johnny Mathis. Now, the Rogosins are in Santa Fe starting an interdisciplinary studio for the arts called Santa Fe C-A-M-P studios. By Chris Quintana, The Santa Fe New Mexican.


— MONUMENT'S BIRTHDAY — Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico's San Juan County is celebrating its 90th birthday as part of the national park system.

— MEDICAID SUSPENSION — New Mexico is withholding some Medicaid payments to hospitals while the state tries to resolve a funding dispute with the federal government.

— FARMINGTON POLICE SHOOTING — Farmington police say an officer fatally shot a man while responding to a domestic violence call at a home.

— TEACHER INITIATIVE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a $2 million initiative to hire math and sciences teachers in low income and rural schools in New Mexico.

— NONCITIZEN VOTERS — A Republican lawmaker wants New Mexico elections officials to check to ensure that noncitizens aren't registered to vote.

— SANTA FE-JAYWALKING — It looks like Santa Fe won't be stiffening its penalty for jaywalking after all.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Colorado State (15-3, 2-1 Mountain West) is on a roll and will be looking for a signature win Wednesday night when the Rams visit No. 15 New Mexico (16-2, 3-0) in the Pit.