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Indicted ex-Martinez aide wants racino evidence

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former campaign manager for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez accused of hijacking her campaign's email system and lying about it is seeking information tied to a state contract for the Downs at Albuquerque.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that in court documents filed last week, Jamie Estrada's attorney says evidence related to the Downs Racetrack & Casino lease could reveal possible credibility problems with Martinez and other potential witnesses.

Prosecutors argue the Downs case is unconnected to the charges Estrada faces.

Estrada briefly served as campaign manager in 2009 before being ousted by Martinez as she was starting her bid for governor. Martinez was elected in 2010.


Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico below US average

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico dipped in 2013, continuing a downward trend that started in 2010.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the clerk's office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque says the state overall had a rate of two bankruptcy filings per capita last year. The rate falls below the national average of 3.3.

The data show Valencia County with the highest rate of the state's 33 counties with a ratio of 2.8 filings.

Sandoval and Torrance counties came in second and third, respectively.

Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque, showed 2.5 filings per capita but hasn't ranked in the top three in the last decade.


Missing Albuquerque man, 87, found in Socorro

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say an 87-year-old Albuquerque man is being treated at a hospital after being stranded for three days without food or water.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says John Roger Houghton was spotted Sunday morning off a dirt road in Socorro.

Sheriff's spokesman Aaron Williamson says Houghton was last seen Wednesday night driving his Honda Accord from his home.

Authorities issued a "Silver Alert" Saturday and said he was endangered and missing.

Williamson says Houghton is being treated at Socorro General Hospital but did not give details on his condition.

He says Houghton was on a hard-to-reach road.


Anthony man stabbed while walking home from work

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a southern New Mexico man who was stabbed while walking home from his job at McDonald's.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the body of 21-year-old Gilberto Wences in Anthony on Saturday around 11:20 p.m.

Deputies say Wences suffered multiple stab wounds.

Authorities say Wences worked at a McDonald's restaurant just across the state line in Anthony, Texas.

They say his shift ended at 11 p.m. and he was apparently walking home when an altercation occurred.

Deputies say preliminary evidence indicates Wences ran from the attacker and tried to fight back.

The Sheriff's Office has not released any details about possible suspects.


Carlsbad among parks with free weekend admission

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The National Park Service is waiving admission fees this weekend as part of National Park Week.

The various parks are hosting special events such as Junior Ranger Day.

The Current-Argus reports that visitors to Carlsbad Caverns can come enjoy the caves and see Mexican free-tailed bats in the evening.

Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says additional fees will be required for special ranger-guided tours.

Admission is also free at nearby Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

National Park Week runs through April 27.


'Breaking Bad' prequel seeks extras in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The same company that handled casting for AMC drama "Breaking Bad" is looking for extras for the show's spinoff, which will be shot in Albuquerque.

"Better Call Saul" will follow sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

The show is scheduled to debut in November.

KRQE-TV reports that Casting Company asks that actors submit a current photo with their name, height, weight, age, availability and their city of residence.

The company also wants a description and year of an actor's vehicle.

"Breaking Bad," which ended last year and filmed in Albuquerque, followed former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

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