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NM grad rate jumps after exit exam reprieve

January 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

Gov. Susana Martinez, center left, and education secretary Hanna Skandera, center right, reveal the latest graduation rates at a news conference Thursday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2013 at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. New Mexico’s four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state’s...

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Gun restrictions go before NM legislative panel

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature joined a national debate over gun violence Monday as lawmakers considered a proposal to require criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers, including at gun shows. The House...

‘Breaking Bad’ filming in downtown Albuquerque

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews are in downtown Albuquerque to begin filming the fifth and final season of the popular television show “Breaking Bad.” KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/WJJK31) reports that filming is scheduled Tuesday in Civic Plaza and in...

NM House OKs bill to expand Amber Alert system

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to broaden a state warning system for finding abducted children. The House approved a measure on Monday to expand the Amber Alert system to include...

Democrats propose lifting film subsidy cap in NM

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fight is brewing between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over whether New Mexico should offer more tax subsidies for film production. House and Senate Democratic legislative leaders said...

Legislation would toughen human trafficking laws

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation supported by Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry would toughen New Mexico’s laws against human trafficking. The legislation to be introduced by Reps. Monica Youngblood and Tim Lewis this week...

Fraud allegedly targeted Dell Computers

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico The...

Albuquerque officials eye changes to police review

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two members of the Albuquerque City Council say they want the city to consider changing how it oversees the Police Department. Councilors Dan Lewis and Don Harris are proposing a study to consider ways to revamp the existing system...

Fire in Albuquerque home kills family dog

January 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Fire Department says a family dog died after the owners of a home returned home and found it full of smoke. One of the owners took the dog to an animal hospital but it did not survive. Meanwhile, firefighters put out...

Mesilla mulls creation of online payment system

January 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Town trustees in Mesilla are considering whether to create an online payment system for its more than 1,000 utility customers. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/VEYvEw) that if town officials approve the proposal, it...