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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    State grad rate was 67.3 percent

    The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent.
    The so-called “average freshman graduation rates” indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.
    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 20 years on the bench
  • Gov: License repeal still goal

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she remained committed to “full repeal” of a New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses despite signaling a willingness to compromise with state Democrats a day earlier.

  • Galactic liability compromise eyed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Spacecraft operators and manufacturers, along with their parts and services suppliers, will be shielded in New Mexico from most damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights under a proposal touted as a compromise between trial lawyers and the fledgling space travel industry.

    Supporters of the measure say it should help New Mexico remain competitive in a race with Florida, Texas and other states to become a hub for commercial space travel.

  • Public Health Office offering free flu vaccinations

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Preparing for the worst

    After 40 years of fighting fires, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong doesn’t mince words when talking about the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire in the Gallinas watershed.

    “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” Armstrong said during a public forum on Friday. It’s merely a matter of when, he added.

  • Presidential Inauguration - Time to act, Obama declares

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

  • Local hired for veterans’ services post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Karen Abeyta is no stranger when it comes to veterans.

    Abeyta, a West Las Vegas High School graduate, is a Navy veteran and is now serving fellow veterans as a new veterans’ service officer in Las Vegas through the state’s Department of Veterans’ Services.

  • No to bullying
  • Teen accused in slayings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told authorities he was annoyed with his mother and had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts, according to a probable cause statement.

    Nehemiah Griego, 15, was arrested following the shootings Saturday at a home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque where he lived with his family. He remained in custody on charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death.