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Students take test for diploma or certificate

March 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Getting a high school diploma in New Mexico is about to get a little harder. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/GDxVYI ) reports students are taking for the first time the New Mexico High School Graduation Assessment exam. The new test replaces a former exam that tested high school students’ skills at an eighth grade [&hellip...

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President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into...

Former NM legislators seeking political comebacks

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several former lawmakers, including one who switched political parties, filed for election Tuesday seeking to reclaim their seats in the Legislature. Two former state senators from Albuquerque — Shannon Robinson and H. Diane Snyder...

Hispanic groups, Democrats challenge PRC districts

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hispanic advocacy groups and northern New Mexico Democrats are challenging new political districts for a state utility regulator. The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit in federal court last Friday...

Former NM prison official sentenced for bribery

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Corrections Department official has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced...

6 hour chase ends with arrest near Farmington

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say a man accused of trying to steal a safe from a Farmington store and breaking into other businesses led police on a nearly six-hour chase before he was captured and arrested. A sheriff’s office...

NM's Interstate 25 reopens after weather closure

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation says the state highway patrol has reopened the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 between Raton and Raton Pass. The interstate in the Raton area was closed for part of Tuesday due to extreme...

Mayor-elect blamed in lap dance vid arrested again

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The mayor-elect of a troubled New Mexico border town has been arrested — again. Daniel Salinas, of Sunland Park, was arrested overnight Monday on bribery and conspiracy charges alleging he gave acting Police Chief Luis Monarez...

NM hotel owners plead guilty in nanny slaves case

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The owners of a New Mexico hotel have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Elina Sihombing and her 55-year-old husband David Girle were arrested last May after two nannies claimed they...

State audit of border town to take 3-4 weeks

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will take three to four weeks to complete an audit of a troubled New Mexico border town and determine whether the state should take the unprecedented step of overseeing the financial management of the community, state officials said...