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Most in NM support holding back struggling readers

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal finds a strong majority of New Mexico voters want to keep third-graders who can’t read from advancing to the fourth grade. The poll shows strong support for ending so-called “social promotion” regardless of party affiliation, region or ethnicity. Ending...

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Farmington Daily Times editor to step down

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington Daily Times Editor Troy Turner has resigned to accept a position in New York with the newspaper’s parent company. The Daily Times announced (http://bit.ly/U9q8Tr) Thursday that Turner will serve as an editor at...

NM man in child porn ring case pleads not guilty

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man charged in a child pornography ring and who authorities have said talked about raping and cooking children has pleaded not guilty in federal court. Richard Dates entered his plea Wednesday in Albuquerque after being...

Men guilty of Las Cruces kidnapping, assault

September 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A jury in Dona Ana County has convicted two men in a 2010 kidnapping and assault case. Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando says 23-year-old Carlos Herrera and 21-year-old Daniel Herrera were each found guilty of two...

NM Supreme Court: Minimum wage on Nov. 6 ballot

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that Albuquerque’s minimum wage initiative must be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot. The justices say they’re relying on a county clerk’s testimony that there’s still time to...

NM man accused of causing girl’s drinking death

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say a Beclabito man is accused of causing the death of a juvenile girl by serving her alcohol. Stanford Benally made his initial appearance Wednesday in Albuquerque federal court. A two-count indictment...

Purple violin causes controversy in classroom

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (1)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — When it comes to fiddling around, the classic wooden body seems to be preferred in the orchestra class at Farmington’s Tibbetts Middle School. Camille Cruz was told that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra...

Defense contractor relocating to Albuquerque

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Defense contractor Air USA is moving is corporate headquarters to New Mexico. Company officials joined Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry Wednesday to announce they are moving from Quincy, Ill., to Albuquerque. The company...

Census: Poverty rate up in NM

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. The poverty rate in New Mexico was 20.2 percent in 2010-2011 compared with 18.8...

UNM Cancer Center computer hacked

September 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say hackers who attacked a University of New Mexico Cancer Center computer may have accessed personal information for up to 2,365 people, possibly including Social Security numbers. UNM Health Sciences Center officials...