SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A drought across New Mexico will likely persist despite a spate of recent snow and rain and more to possibly come. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report indicates a few inches of snow that fell in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last weekend still aren't bringing the state's water levels close to where they need to be.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque aviation officer is in critical condition after his car was clipped by a suspected drunken driver. KRQE-TV reports that New Mexico State Police say 52-year-old Officer Robert Dilley was the victim in the crash that occurred Friday night on Interstate 40. Authorities say 32-year-old Michele Rivera was driving erratically at a high speed when her vehicle hit Dilley's, causing him to lose control.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Paramedics and other emergency medical service providers in New Mexico will now be required to go through criminal background checks. Gov. Susana Martinez yesterday signed into law a Senate bill that mandates the background checks be done before the state licenses an applicant or renews a license for paramedics or emergency medical technicians.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The Daily Times reports that starting next year, New Mexico students will take an entirely computer-based standards test. Educators say the traditional New Mexico Standards Based Assessment exam contains questions based on current state standards and the new national Common Core standards. The exam is taken by students in grades third through eight, as well as sophomores and juniors.
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