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DA hopefuls, State Auditor want to look into rape kit backlog

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ALBUQUERQUE—Police storage rooms across the United States are reportedly filled with boxes of DNA and other evidence that could help solve rape cases.

Some of those storage rooms are here in New Mexico. Now, at least one elected official and two district attorney hopefuls are speaking up and asking for something to be...

Sanchez vows drivers license repeal won’t happen

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Sequels are rarely as good as the original and this one has been going on for years now.

Since Gov. Susana Martinez took office, the House has passed legislation that would repeal the law that allows those who are in the country illegally to get drivers licenses. Then, it goes to the Senate where it fails to make it through the committee process.

This is a well-worn script, one that has held for years with the slightest of alterations.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says it will be the same thing in this coming legislative session, according to the Associated Press.

Those who support the repeal say that the law is a magnet for criminal activity and point to convictions for...

Former bail bondsman busted for trafficking

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A five month long, joint investigation between McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI resulted in the arrest of former bail bondsman Billie Cotton.

MCSO lead narcotics investigator Pat Salazar said the the arrest and search warrants were served at Cotton’s home on 404 Zane St. at 6:45 am Oct. 12.

“We found six stolen firearms and three altered firearms,” he said.

Salazar said the altered firearms were immediately taken into evidence He explained that adding a silencer or altering a gun to make it to fire faster are common modifications.

Cotton, 58, was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for trafficking and federal gun charges. He’s currently being...

Lujan signs discharge petition to force vote on job-creating bank

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Washington, D.C.–Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District joined in an effort today to force a vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.  Luján signed a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on legislation to reauthorize the bank once a majority of the House, 218 members, sign on to the petition.  The bank’s charter expired at the end of June after House Republican leaders refused to allow a vote on reauthorization.

After 80 years of supporting U.S. jobs by financing the export of American goods and services, the bank has been unable to provide new loans to U.S. businesses.  In that time, hundreds of jobs have been shipped...

Udall pushes to expand tech transfer at DOE labs

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Intention: To build NM’s economy

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-MD, and U.S. Department of Energy Acting Director of the Office of Technology Transitions Jetta Wong at Sandia National Lab for a roundtable discussion about improving technology transfer and creating jobs Oct. 14.

Sandia and Los Alamos National Lab officials joined several local businesses that were created based on technology developed at the labs to discuss ways to expand tech transfer and build New Mexico’s economy. Udall is leading the push to expand DOE’s capacity for tech transfer and plans to reintroduce legislation...

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