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NM 11th-graders improve in reading proficiency

June 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. New Mexico has a “very long way to go to reform education” despite gains by some students, Martinez said. “Even...

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11-year-old mariachi from NBA finals coming to NM

June 29, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Latino boy whose singing of the national anthem at the NBA Finals set off a barrage of racist tweets is coming to Albuquerque. The New Mexico-based Atrisco Companies announced this week that San Antonio-born Sebastien...

Explicit videos surface in NM officer murder case

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer are arguing over whether the jury should see explicit photos and videos in the case. Levi Chavez’s lawyer says he didn’t want to risk showing jurors...

Triple digit temperatures recorded across NM

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It hasn’t been this hot in Albuquerque in nearly 20 years. The National Weather Service’s temperature gauge at the Albuquerque International Sunport hit 105 degrees Thursday afternoon, marking the hottest temperature for...

NM high court asked to legalize gay marriage

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court was asked Thursday by a same-sex couple in Santa Fe to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state. If the court decides the case, it could resolve a politically difficult issue that has stalled...

NM man sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Acoma Pueblo man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison in a child sex abuse case. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Terrence Joseph Kie will be on seven years of supervised release after serving a 41-month...

NM court declines to resolve open meeting issue

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s highest court has ruled that Rio Rancho’s former city manager can’t sue the community for back pay, but the justices declined to decide an open government question in the case. The Supreme Court said...

Extreme weather fuels fire burning in southern NM

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in southern New Mexico picked up speed Thursday as the hot, dry and windy weather intensified. Managers said the Silver Fire advanced to the northwest over the Crest Trail and jumped the Rabb Trail, which forced...

IG pushes Los Alamos to do more on safety

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Another federal report is criticizing Los Alamos for not doing enough to protect the public from dangerous releases of radiation in the event of wildfires or an earthquake. An audit released Thursday by the Department of...

Report: NM Air Force fuel cleanup system struggles

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force cleanup system used for sucking jet fuel contamination from Albuquerque groundwater has been out of service for most of the month, according to a new report. Documents show the system at Kirtland Air Force Base shut...