SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A legal settlement in a simmering dispute over New Mexico's two-tiered system of driving credentials will ease some identification requirements and clarifying the appeals process for rejected applications. Civil rights groups outlined changes aimed at providing easier access to New Mexico's driving authorization card and alternative-ID card. The agreement does not affect licenses that meet tougher federal security rules.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County authorities says a male Metropolitan Detention Center officer is accused of raping a female jail inmate. The Sheriff's Office says Officer Johnny Reveles (ray-VAY'-lace) was arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual penetration after the inmate said during a court appearance that Reveles raped her Monday while in the shower.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is receiving $3.7 million from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to tighten cybersecurity, safeguard voter registration rolls and otherwise improve voting systems. The commission on Tuesday released a report showing how states plan to spend $380 million allocated by Congress to strengthen voting systems amid threats from Russian and others. New Mexico plans to devote more than $2 million to tightening cybersecurity.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A medical cannabis producer with dispensaries in Las Cruces and Albuquerque becomes the first in New Mexico to have its license revoked. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher revoked the license of Mother Earth Herbs, effective March 31. Mother Earth Herbs is accused of submitting falsified audits to the Health Department. President and Executive Director Vivian Moore denies the claim and says the company will fight the false allegations in court.
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