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  • Inmate escapes from clinic

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday for a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver at gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases.

  • Jail Log May 13, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 3 and May 10:
    Danielle Abeyta, 29, failure to pay fines.
    Amber Baca, 22, probation violation: new charges.
    Kenneth Trujillo, 53, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, Mora
    Julius Valverde, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, Bernalillo
    Isaac Maestas, 40, probation violation: positive UA.
    Jessica Delgado, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Pierre Lovato, 38, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • NM predicts shrinking Medicaid shortfall

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials are predicting they can shrink a state budget shortfall for Medicaid health care to $24 million if proposals go forward to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals and physicians along with other accounting measures.

    The Human Services Department on Monday released detailed financial projections for its evolving plan to deal with an initial $85 million shortfall in the state’s obligations toward Medicaid through June 2017.

  • Locals take state titles

    The Pecos Panthers are 2016 Class 3A state track and field champions.

    And it wasn’t that close.

    Pecos amassed 64 team points, besting second-place Estancia (47). Dexter, Capitan, Santa Rosa and Native American Community Academy rounded out the top six.

    The Panthers racked up big points in their bread and butter — distance running events — but added several strong finishes elsewhere.

    Pecos senior Ryan Sandoval won the 800-meter run in 1:59.62; junior Isaac C de Baca was fifth to also earn points.

  • State to end ban on criticizing tests

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Public Education Department said Monday that it will remove a rule that prohibits state teachers from making disparaging remarks about standardized tests.

    Robert McEntryre, a spokesman for the department, confirmed that officials are working on getting rid of the Gov. Bill Richardson-era regulation and that the department has never used it against any teacher.

  • Media arts students showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates will present their BFA projects in the Spring Exhibit at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday).

    The public exhibit features projects with animation and video, graphic design, installation art, multimedia, interactivity, photography and websites. The exhibit is in the Media Arts East and West Building at 901 University Ave.

  • In Brief May 11, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Instructional time lost in NM

    SANTA FE — A survey of available instruction time at public schools in New Mexico has found that almost a third of the hours are lost to a combination of standardized assessments, test preparation, re-teaching distracted students, absences and disciplinary actions.

  • NMSU considers furloughs for faculty

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University may furlough faculty members to help trim $10.7 million from the budget.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the university is restructuring while enrollment declines and state funding drops.

    University Provost Dan Howard says the faculty has been largely untouched by the process so far, and is the last place to look for cost savings.

    He said furloughs are just one of the options up for consideration ahead of June budget decisions.

  • Guilty plea in homicide case

    The Anton Chico man charged with fatally injuring another man during a fight in the parking lot of an Allsup’s store last May is heading to prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

    Robert Saiz, 44, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony, in that case and agreed to a four-year prison sentence. Saiz had originally been charged with voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony.

  • Back home after long hospital stay

    Las Vegas’ own walking miracle is back home. Robertson High School senior Nat Boldin returned to his Baca Street home last week after spending 85 days recovering after a simple laser procedure went awry at Lovelace Hospital in early February. He celebrated his 18th birthday in the hospital while connected to a respirator and feeding tubes.

    Boldin is now looking forward to returning to school, attending prom and graduating with his high school class.