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Local News

  • Vegas man charged with 7th DUI

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police arrested a local man on his seventh DUI on Monday after he refused to submit to chemical testing.

  • 52,000 youths have had parent imprisoned

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — One in 10 New Mexico youths  have had a parent serve time behind bars at some point during their childhood as the state’s incarceration rate increased in recent years, a report released Monday said.

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows 52,000 children in New Mexico have had a parent jailed or in prison, and the state is one of six where 10 percent of youth have had an incarcerated parent.

    Nationwide, more than 5 million children — or 7 percent — have had a parent behind bars.

  • A Board Divided

    Discord and infighting have plagued the West Las Vegas School board for months, culminating on April 14 with the resignation of one board member who delivered a blistering attack on the current superintendent and two board members.

    The discord that pervades many board meetings these days is a far cry from four years ago when the West Las Vegas School Board was named school board of the year.

  • More families eligible for child care help

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance and announced Thursday the state will expand eligibility requirements until late May
    The Republican governor said the effort is needed to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.

  • Tubman’s replacing Jackson on the $20 a deeply symbolic move

    By Deepti Hajela and Errin Haines Whack

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Growing up in Oklahoma, Becky Hobbs noticed some of her Cherokee elders wouldn’t even touch a $20 bill because they so despised Andrew Jackson. To this day, the 66-year-old songwriter pokes him in the face whenever she gets one.

    For Hobbs and many other Native Americans, the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Jackson’s portrait with Harriet Tubman’s is a hugely meaningful change.

  • Judge search continues in corruption case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two semi-retired New Mexico state judges have been nominated to oversee a criminal fraud case against former Sen. Phil Griego after a string of judges in Santa Fe District Court declined to hear the case.

    State prosecutors and Griego’s attorney agreed to recommend substitute Judges James A. Hall of Santa Fe or Michael E. Martinez of Albuquerque. Defense attorney Tom Smith says they are both active as substitute judges.

  • Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music

    By David Bauder
    AP Entertainment Writer

    NEW YORK — It’s only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.

    That’s not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy.

  • Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music

    By David Bauder
    AP Entertainment Writer

    NEW YORK — It’s only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.

    That’s not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2016

    The Associated Press

    State must pay ACLU $90K

    New Mexico has lost a long-running lawsuit over legal fees in a public records case.

    The New Mexican reports that state taxpayers will now be responsible for $90,000 in legal fees for the American Civil Liberties Union.

    The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2014 decision that the ACLU is entitled to more than $87,000 in legal fees from the Secretary of State’s Office, a number that doesn’t include the fees incurred by the appeals process.

  • DNA test ordered to prove man’s claim

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A man who says he is the biological father of the late boxer Johnny Tapia will need a DNA test to prove it.

    A New Mexico judge ruled last week that Jerry Padilla must undergo a blood test to prove his claim after the fighter’s widow demanded it in a legal battle.