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  • On the front lines

    Editor’s note: As state lawmakers debate whether to enact tougher penalties for repeat drunk drivers and for those who enable them, San Miguel County DWI Planning Coordinator Yolanda Cruz gives us a glimpse of the problem locally.

    San Miguel County appears on a lot of Top Ten lists throughout the state. Regrettably, the incidence of people’s willingly getting behind the wheel while intoxicated isn’t the kind of list we should aspire to be on.

  • State braces for budget crunch

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The chairman of New Mexico’s Senate Finance Committee warned Thursday that the state could be short on revenue by $700 million or more during the current fiscal year because of reduced income from oil and gas production and anemic corporate and sales tax receipts.

    The outlook from Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, for the budget year ending in June represents a sharp shift from recent forecasts. In January, the state anticipated a $145 million revenue shortfall.

  • HU hires education dean

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Accreditation, online education degrees and increasing enrollment are among the top priorities for Highlands University’s new School of Education dean.

    “My very top priority is to regain national accreditation for the university’s education programs,” said Lora Bailey, School of Education dean.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: We’re a gigabit city

    When Mark and I moved here in October, I didn’t know what a gigabit was, much less a gig city. Now I’m living in one!

  • MADD: Car-locking systems stopped 1.77M drunk drivers

    By Brian Witte
    The Associated Press

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a first-of-its-kind report on the devices nationwide.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local internet taxes

    By Alan Fram
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

    On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it.

  • Teen who killed family to be sentenced as juvenile

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen’s attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.

  • Auditor finds $4.4B in unused funds

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state auditor has found $4.4 billion in unspent funds tucked away in hundreds of agency accounts.

    State Auditor Tim Keller announced the findings Friday as the Legislature scours state accounts for unspent cash to make up for plunging state revenue forecasts linked to low crude oil prices and lower-than-expected sales tax receipts.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 14, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Los Alamos executive resigns

    SANTA FE, N.M.— A high-ranking official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced his resignation after more than 15 years with the institution.

    According to a memo sent to lab employees on Thursday, Los Alamos Executive Director Richard Marquez told lab Director Charles McMillan that he would leave the lab, effective immediately.

    Marquez did not respond to requests for comment and lab officials declined to comment.

  • NM senator says ID bill talks ongoing

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — With only a week left in the New Mexico Legislative session, a key Senate Democrat said Thursday he still is negotiating with a Republican colleague to resolve a conflict on a bill that would make New Mexico compliant under with federal law on identification cards.