ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Thanks to an early winter blast, driving is hazardous on New Mexico highways and is delaying the opening of some schools. Areas with school delays include Santa Fe, Carlsbad and Albuquerque's eastern mountains. State offices in Santa Fe also delayed opening. The National Weather Service says bitter cold grips much of northern and central New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his father following a fight between the two men in Albuquerque in November last year. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Andrew Coppler faces nine years in prison for the death of Keith "Joe" Coppler of Cochiti. The father died a week after his son held him in a choke hold after they struggled.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Lottery Board has voted to hire a former Arkansas lottery vice president as the interim chief executive of the New Mexico Lottery. The board of directors announced the hiring of David Barden yesterday. He starts work later this month once a background check has been completed.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A new regional pet shelter is opening in Farmington, with almost twice the space as the old one. The Daily Times reports that nearly 100 dogs and cats were moved to the new facility yesterday. It opens today.
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