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Martinez: NM high school grad rate up 7 points

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state’s 63 percent rate was one of the worst in the nation, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday. Speaking in front of students from Rio Rancho High School, Martinez called the seven-point [&hellip...

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Uproar in NM over bill on abortion by rape victims

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Women’s rights groups and Democrats condemned a New Mexico Republican’s proposal on Thursday that they say could lead to felony charges against rape victims seeking an abortion, but the legislator maintained her measure was...

Orangutan at Albuquerque zoo is pregnant

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sarah the orangutan at the Albuquerque zoo is pregnant, and the zoo says keepers are surprised because she was on birth control. Average gestation of orangutans is seven months, but the zoo says the surprise pregnancy makes...

Police: 2 NM sabotaged Domino’s computer systems

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police say two Roswell men are suspected of sabotaging computer systems of 13 different Domino’s Pizza stores and causing around $100,000 worth of damage. Roswell police told the Roswell Daily Record (http://bit.ly/10CRunZ) that...

Las Cruces council approves false-alarm ordinance

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Owners of Las Cruces homes and commercial businesses will be subject to new fines for chronic false reports generated by alarm systems, but enforcement won’t start until Aug. 1. The ordinance approved Tuesday by the City...

Albuquerque schools superintendent gets extension

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of the Albuquerque public school district is getting a one-year extension on his employment contract. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/Tpwm7r ) reports that the extension approved by the school board...

Zozobra burning remains a Thursday night event

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The burning of the Zozobra, a giant puppet stuffed with scraps of paper, will remain a Thursday night event in Santa Fe. The Kiwanis Club says the annual pre-Fiesta event will take place the evening of Sept. 5 at Fort Mercy Park. There...

NM to consider changing taxi, shuttle regulation

January 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing to revamp state regulation of taxis and moving companies to potential lower costs for consumers. Reps. Tom Taylor, a Farmington Republican, and Carl Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat, are sponsoring the measure to...

Ex-NM paramedic convicted in creek bed child rape

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former paramedic was convicted on Wednesday of raping an 11-year-old boy in an Albuquerque creek bed. A state District Court jury found Genaro Sandoval, 39, guilty of four counts, including criminal sexual penetration of a child...

Martinez: Immigrant license repeal still the goal

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she remained committed to “full repeal” of a New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses despite signaling a willingness to compromise with...