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  • AG: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states banning same-sex marriage are discriminatory are not obligated to defend them. For an example, he cited the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that led to public school integration.

    “If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities,” Holder said in an interview with The New York Times.

  • Session likely to have no impact on gov race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The recent New Mexico legislative session likely had little to no effect on this year’s upcoming governor’s race, according to political observers.

  • 4-month-old girl dies; was abused

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    An Albuquerque man accused of beating and raping his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter will face more serious charges now that the infant has died, police said Monday.

    The child died Sunday after spending two weeks on life support. Doctors determined she had suffered brain damage. The child was found with bruises and red marks on her face after authorities responded to the family’s home Feb. 7.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Entry Pass’ waiting list low
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hundreds of airline passengers are stopping in Albuquerque to pick up pre-approved clearance passes aimed at helping international travelers quickly move through customs.
    KOAT-TV reports that travelers are drawing Albuquerque International Sunport Airport because there isn’t a long waiting list to get a “Global Entry Pass” like at other airports.

  • Officials: Leak no threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

    More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

  • Police: Man shot during beating

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico man is facing charges after Alamogordo police say he fatally shot another man who was beating his girlfriend.

    Albert Witehead, 21, was charged Monday with an open count of murder in the death of Eric Gillock, 36, of Hurst, Texas, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.

    Authorities say Whitehead saw Gillock beating his girlfriend outside an Alamogordo home late Sunday, grabbed a .22 rifle and ordered Gillock to stop hurting the woman.

  • East chief won’t be back

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools has come to an abrupt, but expected closure.

    During a meeting Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved putting her on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, which expires at the end of this school year.

    The board by a near unanimous vote also switched the title for Lydia Flores, who has been serving as acting superintendent since last month, to interim superintendent.

  • Putting on a show - Grease musical set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a production of the popular musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Grease is set in 1959 in a fictional working class U.S. high school, following the lives of the students as they navigate both the dramatic and lighthearted complexities of young love.

    The crowd-pleasing musical score relies on the early influences of rock and roll.

  • Uncertainty over teacher pay raises

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers are in line for a possible $2,000 increase in their base salaries under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s some uncertainty over the raise.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a budget provision intended to make sure local districts implement the higher salaries.

    An educational union leader said Friday he hoped Martinez accepts the Legislature’s directive over teacher pay.

  • Lawmakers fail to clarify abuse law

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities.

    Without a “crystal clear” law, New Mexico’s children are being put at risk, said Henry Varela, a spokesman for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.