Letter: New Mexico cadets worried over cheating
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A group of cadets say they feared the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy was encouraging them to cheat after the director and other instructors gave cadets answers to exams.
KOB-TV reports that the letter sent by anonymous cadets from a June 2013 class says they were routinely given answers to exams before taking them and cadets were worried about being seen as cheater. The letter asks Gov. Susana Martinez and academy board member Nate Korn to look into the policy.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Lynn says everything on tests is taught.
The news comes as the academy faces scrutiny over recent proposed changes to its curriculum critics say gives officer more leeway on using deadly force. Director Jack Jones also told a reporter he'd rather burn the curriculum than release it publically.
PARDONED FELONS-GUN LICENSE
Pardoned felons can obtain concealed gun license
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's attorney general say felons who are pardoned can be eligible to obtain licenses to carry concealed handguns.
According to an official opinion by Attorney General Gary King, that's because the person is no longer considered convicted under the state law on carrying concealed handguns.
King's office says the opinion resulted from a request by Gordon Eden when he was state public safety secretary.
Eden is now the Albuquerque police chief.
Attorney general opinions provide legal guidance to government officials.
N.M. trial over Ten Commandments monument starts
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A trial is underway in federal court in Albuquerque on whether a northwestern New Mexico city can have a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in front of City Hall.
A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two Bloomfield residents contends the monument violates their religious freedoms by conveying a message that the city endorses a particular religious belief.
Bloomfield's lawyers contend that private individuals erected and paid for the monument under a 2007 city resolution. That resolution allows people to erect historical monuments of their choosing.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the case is being heard by Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker.
Filing deadline looms for New Mexico legislators
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico legislators are nearly out of time for deciding whether to seek re-election.
Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates for the 70-member House and some other offices, including the Public Regulation Commission.
At least 10 incumbent House members have announced they're retiring.
This year's legislative races will determine whether Democrats retain a House majority. Currently there are 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans in the House.
Republicans haven't held a House majority since the 1953-1954 Legislature.
Senators aren't up for election until 2016.
Legislative candidates in single county districts file with their local county clerks. Candidates in multicounty districts file with the secretary of state.
The secretary of state's office says its web site will be updated throughout the day with candidate filings from across New Mexico.
Gov. Susana Martinez to sign $6B state budget
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign a budget measure allocating more than $6 billion to finance public education and government programs next year.
The governor's office said Martinez will sign the budget Tuesday at a Rio Rancho school.
What's uncertain is how much the governor will cut from the bill using her line-item veto powers.
Martinez has expressed concerns that the budget, as approved by the Legislature, increases spending too much and provides for inadequate cash reserves.
By cutting spending, the governor can boost reserves.
The budget passed by the Legislature provides for a 5 percent spending increase in the fiscal year starting in July.
Martinez has said she will approve budget provisions providing for average 3 percent pay raises for classified state workers and public school employees.
SANTA FE MAYOR-NMSU BOARD
New Santa Fe mayor says he'll remain on NMSU board
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Newly elected Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales says he'll remain a member of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents -- at least for now.
Javier Gonzales was sworn in Monday night as Santa Fe's mayor.
He says he'll remain on the NMSU board at least through the summer.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, that's when he says he'll determine how much time each position requires.
He says he wants to serve as an NMSU regent through the end of his term on Dec. 31.
ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTINGS
Neighbor testifies in Albuquerque shooting trial
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A neighbor of an Albuquerque man fatally shot by police in his back yard has testified she thought he was being attacked by robbers.
Testimony began Monday in District Court in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Christopher Torres.
The 27-year-old was shot in the back at close range in 2011 by officers trying to serve an arrest warrant on an aggravated auto burglary charge.
Police have said Torres tried to punch one of the officers and was shot after he grabbed the officer's gun during a scuffle.
Neighbor Christie Apodaca testified that she saw one of the officers pull his gun after punching Torres and then tell Torres he was going to shoot him.
She said didn't see Torres with a gun.
HOMELAND SECURITY-AGENT ASSAULTED
Report: New Mexico woman assaulted federal agent
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 32-year-old New Mexico woman is facing charges after authorities say she assaulted a female Homeland Security Investigations agent and threatened to slice her throat.
Cimarron Archuleta, of Bloomfield, N.M., recently was arrested in connection with the alleged assault during a multi-agency raid of a drug trafficking ring in northwestern New Mexico.
According to federal court documents, Archuleta struck a female agent in the chest with her handcuffed hands, then told the agent, "I'll slice your throat."
Documents say Archuleta also said she would find the agent later.
She is facing charges of assault on a federal agent and resisting arrest.
Archuleta's attorney, Wayne Baker, did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.
Close to 30 people are facing charges in connection with the trafficking ring.
Police: 32 cars hit in Raton tire-slashing spree
RATON, N.M. (AP) - Police say close to three dozen vehicles in Raton have been hit in a bizarre tire-slashing spree.
KOAT-TV reports that investigators say at least 32 vehicles have been vandalized since Friday in the small, northern New Mexico city. Police say some vehicles had one tire slashed while others lost all four.
Authorities have told residents to make a copy of repair bills and take them to the police station so officers could tie all the reports together into one investigation.
Police are uncertain about a motive and no arrest have been made.
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