A 17-year-old murderer was sentenced Tuesday to 31/2 years in the New Mexico Boys School in Springer for his part in last year's slaying of Placitas drug dealer Jerry Lopez, 47.

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 ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $580,000 to a former Hobbs resident who said two Hobbs police officers violated his civil rights following a 1996 traffic stop.

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The man tapped to fix the Albuquerque Police Department's 911 center has been suspended following a city investigation that found he made insulting remarks toward women and repeatedly asked a dispatcher out on dates.

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 A federal judge says the jury verdict in favor of a 911 call center employee who won $1,200 in damages last fall has "put the city on notice" that it must better educate its employees about sexual harassment in the workplace.

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