Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly six months after jury selection began, closing arguments are expected today in the death penalty trial of an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple in New Mexico. John McCluskey was convicted in October of murder, carjacking and other charges in the 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas. Now, the same panel will decide whether McCluskey should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance for parole.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to ask the Legislature to provide nearly $2.5 million next year to train more family practice physicians and nurse practitioners. To address a shortage of health care providers, Martinez is proposing to allow 24 additional nurse practitioners to train at the University of New Mexico. The funding also would provide for seven additional family practice residency positions.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says he will meet with Taos residents over a case involving an officer shooting at a minivan with a mom and five children inside. The Albuquerque Journal reports Kassetas will meet privately with community leaders Friday.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — More than 50 people have applied to be Farmington's next chief of police. The Farmington Daily Times reports that city records show among the applicants are current chiefs of smaller police departments across the country and high-ranking officers from larger police departments such as Chicago and Denver.
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