New Mexico

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Ex-CIA Operative's Congressional Bid Fizzles

Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez beats Valerie Plame to win Dem House nomination in NM

(Newser) - Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez defeated former CIA operative Valerie Plame to win the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in Tuesday's primary. Leger Fernandez overcame six competitors, including Plame, to win her party's nomination to succeed US Rep. Ben Ray Lujan as he runs for... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

Teen Turns in Bag of Cash, Gets Rewarded With Job Offer

Jose Nunez Rominez found $135K next to ATM

(Newser) - Albuquerque teenager Jose Nunez Rominez wants to work in law enforcement—and his actions after finding a bag of cash near an ATM definitely didn't do his career prospects any harm. The 19-year-old community college student tells CNN that he went to the Wells Fargo machine Sunday morning to... More »

Air Force Member Accused of Killing Mennonite Woman

Mark Gooch of the Air Force first kidnapped Sasha Krause, say prosecutors

(Newser) - A US Air Force member has been charged with the murder of a Mennonite woman who disappeared from her New Mexico community in January, a month before her body was found in Arizona. Airman Mark Gooch, 21, was arrested at the Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, on Tuesday... More »

Cops: He Tried to Kidnap Kids. A Teen Wrestler Was Watching

New Mexico's Canaan Bower, 16, credited with heroic body slam

(Newser) - A man who allegedly tried to kidnap three children from a New Mexico convenience store was stopped when he came up against a champion high school wrestler. Canaan Bower, 16, was getting gas in Las Cruces on Wednesday morning when he noticed a commotion at a convenience store across the... More »

Oops: Official Santa Fe Seal Has Accent Mark in Wrong Spot

It's over an 's' in city's full name, which is never going to be correct

(Newser) - An accent mark on the official seal of the capital city of the nation's most Hispanic state is in the wrong spot, the AP reports. The misplaced accent mark at the top of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico's website was recently spotted by a reporter who... More »

Body of Mennonite Woman Found 250 Miles From Home

Sarah Krause, 27, believed to have been kidnapped from Farmington, NM

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman living in New Mexico was kidnapped, investigators say, and her body has turned up some 250 miles away in Arizona. Sasha Krause, a member of the Mennonite community, was last seen leaving her home in Farmington around 8pm on Jan. 18. She was reported missing early the... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

In New Mexico, You Could Be Pulled Over By the Hulk

Lou Ferrigno to become a sheriff's deputy

(Newser) - The Incredible Hulk will become a New Mexico sheriff's deputy, and Lou Ferrigno said this is for real. "People assume it’s just an honorary thing," the actor and bodybuilder said. "It isn’t, because I’m certified and I have police powers which I'm... More »

Family Stayed Up to Celebrate. Police Suspect Murder-Suicide

Four people are found dead in New Mexico home

(Newser) - Four people found dead Wednesday in a home in an Albuquerque suburb were members of the same family, and the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide, authorities said Thursday. "This is a tragic event for the family and for the people in our communities. Our officers and detectives... More »

Pizza Hut's Door Meets Robber's Face

That face-plant proved key in helping police nab a suspect in New Mexico

(Newser) - A locked door in a New Mexico Pizza Hut may have helped bust an armed robber who pulled off two crimes in one day back in June. The Las Cruces Sun-News has video from June 25, showing a man trying to run out of the Las Cruces restaurant about 10:... More »

'Lawnmower Man' Gets New Memorial—With a Note

Carlos Ramirez was beloved in his community

(Newser) - The first memorial honoring Carlos Ramirez was outright stolen. Now a second has appeared for the New Mexico homeless man with a note to prospective thieves: "Please don't take this mower," it says, per KRQE . "Like the first one it has been disabled and is no... More »

Country Singer Was Going 102mph Before Deadly Crash

Crash killed Kylie Rae Harris, teen in oncoming vehicle

(Newser) - The cause of the crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and a 16-year-old girl in New Mexico in September was Kylie Rae Harris, police have confirmed. The Taos County Sheriff's Office says the 30-year-old Texan was drunk and speeding when she hit another vehicle from behind on... More »

Woman Killed While Playing Pokemon Go

Cayla Campos, 21, fatally shot near New Mexico park after witnessing a robbery

(Newser) - Every night, 21-year-old Cayla Campos and her boyfriend would head to a park in Albuquerque, NM, to play Pokemon Go. It was their routine. After all, Bianchetti Park was close to the couple's apartment in what a resident describes as "a nice, quiet family neighborhood," per KRQE... More »

A Tragic Past for Parents of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car

'Miracle baby' Zariah Hasheme's mother had 6 previous miscarriages

(Newser) - Demi Petrowski had six miscarriages before a "miracle baby" arrived for her and her husband, Zachary Hasheme: daughter Zariah. Now the New Mexico couple is mourning their only child after a babysitter allegedly left the 2-year-old in a hot car. Police in Hobbs say 41-year-old Tammie Brooks was tasked... More »

In 6 States, #FreeTheNipple Spurs Reversal on Topless Ban

Federal court nixes prohibition on women going without shirts in Colorado, 5 other states

(Newser) - Two women sued the city of Fort Collins, Colo., for the right to go topless. Now, six states in total will reap the benefits of their ban-busting efforts after a federal appeals court overturned the city's prohibition on women sans shirts and the city opted not to appeal. KUTV... More »

New Mexico Just Went 'Bold' on College

With legislative approval, tuition will be free at all state schools for everyone, regardless of income

(Newser) - A good number of US states are already on board with offering free tuition at state schools to students who financially qualify, but one state just put forward what Slate calls a "bold plan" that surpasses the others. The New York Times reports that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan... More »

Valerie Plame's Campaign Ad Is One 'People Will Pay Attention To'

Ex-CIA operative is running for a congressional seat in New Mexico

(Newser) - Business Insider says it looks like a "Fast & Furious outtake"; the AV Club notes it's more reminiscent of the Bourne Identity franchise. Whatever movie you might compare Valerie Plame's new campaign ad to, there's no denying the spot is memorable. Plame , the ex-CIA operative... More »

Cops: Country Singer Killed in 3-Car Crash Caused It

Excessive speed, alcohol suspected in crash that took the life of Kylie Rae Harris and teen girl

(Newser) - The three-car crash Wednesday in New Mexico that took the life of country singer Kylie Rae Harris and a teen girl was caused by Harris herself. That's per the Taos County Sheriff's Office, which says that excessive speed appeared to be a contributing factor, and that alcohol may... More »

Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Killed in Car Crash

She died hours after emotional Instagram post

(Newser) - Country singer Kylie Rae Harris posted an emotional Instagram story Wednesday about her childhood memories of New Mexico. Hours later, she died there. Police say the 30-year-old Texan was killed in a three-car crash on State Road 522 along with another driver, a 16-year-old girl, the AP reports. Harris was... More »

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