The Associated Press
Fugitive back in New Mexico
CLOVIS — A convicted child killer who escaped from a New Mexico prison and was captured in Mexico more than a year ago has been extradited back to the state.
The U.S. Marshals Service announced that Edward Salas was taken back Saturday to Curry County to serve his sentence for the murder of a 10-year-old Clovis boy.
Salas, who was on the agency’s most wanted list, was arrested by Mexican authorities in October 2012.
Salas escaped from curry County Detention Center in Clovis in August 2008 with seven other inmates.
He was serving a life sentence and 56 years for his role in the 2005 killing of Carlos Perez, who was shot in the head while sleeping.
Prosecutors say Salas became an assassin for the Zetas cartel in Mexico.
Balderas says posts are fake
The New Mexico state auditor says someone has been posing as him on Twitter, posting offensive and racist tweets.
Democrat Hector Balderas tells KRQE-TV that other New Mexico politicians have been mistakenly following the fake Twitter account, believing it’s his.
The account’s profile shows a picture of Balderas and a link to his official state website. However, the account has his last name spelled with a second “s.”
The comments have included degrading and sexist remarks about New Mexicans. The account’s followers include Sen. Lisa Torraco and the state Democratic Party.
Balderas says Twitter informed him the account cannot be removed because it describes itself as a parody. He says he doesn’t know who’s behind it.
Balderas doesn’t think the account will affect his campaign for attorney general.
High truancy rates in Santa Fe
Students at Santa Fe schools are showing some of the highest truancy rates in the state, a new report says.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a school district study says nearly one-third of public high school students have missed a significant number of days.
Furthermore, 1 in 5 elementary and middle school students are habitually absent.
Richard Bowman, the district’s director of accountability and achievement, says while many schools have attendance rates of at least 90 percent, there are many other students missing up to 17 days a year.
State regulations say at least 10 days of unexcused absences makes a student habitually truant.
The report comes as state legislators are proposing a bill that would take away driving privileges for students who are habitually truant.