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  • 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.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: Just for now, adios, Las Vegas

    Before sunrise on Tuesday, we pulled out of our driveway. Trash containers lined Seventh Street like silent stocky soldiers. Curbs and front yards glistened with traces of snow. A “little silver slipper” of a moon peaked over the trees and seemed to shed a tear as we drove towards KFUN and headed north on I-25.

  • Emma and Noah still tops for baby names

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — On baby names, at least, divided Americans can generally agree: Emma and Noah are tops.
    And don’t name your child Isis.

    For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the annual list of top baby names, according to the Social Security Administration. That’s the third year on top for Noah and the second in a row for Emma, which was also No. 1 in 2008.

  • Off to national competition
  • ‘Cinco’ celebration set for Saturday

    Get your dancing shoes on for Saturday for Casa de Cultura’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

    Miguel Angel, executive director of the non-profit Casa de Cultura, said the event gives the community an opportunity to come together to celebrate Chicano history. This year’s event starts at noon Saturday at Mural Park, located on the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.