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WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08. ENDWI.

Larry A. Silva, Jr.

Dec. 25, 2:34 am

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Gallup Police Department Jessie Diaz arrested Silva for DWI. Diaz’ reports states that Silva told him that he had drank “Bud Lights.” Silva, 40, blew a .14 and .15 during the alcohol breath test.

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AG files lawsuit against Volkswagen Porsche, Audi also named in suit

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SANTA FE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Jan. 20 that he filed suit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and their U.S. subsidiaries for state air quality control act and deceptive trade practice act violations.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force filed the suit in state District Court yesterday afternoon. The Attorney General’s suit stems from Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche’s admitted use of emissions-cheating software in diesel-powered vehicles delivered and sold throughout New Mexico, as well as from those companies’ false advertisement portraying those diesel vehicles as being...

Martinez lays out priorities for tough-on-crime session

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SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez’s regular list of legislative priorities was joined by a number of public safety initiatives that confirmed that this year would be a session with a lot of tough on crime rhetoric.

Martinez, a former prosecutor, spoke about the need to curb crime and spoke about how increased sentencing is the way to do that during her “State of the State” address Jan. 19.

She laid out this and two other issues—education and jobs—as priorities at the top of her speech, which she read off Teleprompters on Tuesday afternoon.

She spoke passionately about the deaths of two police officers while in the line of duty, officers Nigel Benner of Rio Rancho and Dan...

Bill to fund legislative session clears House

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The House of Representatives wasted no time in passing the bill that pays for the legislative session.

The Feed Bill is annually HB 1, and contains funding for running the legislative session, including salaries for legislative staff.

The bill also pays for interim activities, including interim committees and studies by legislative staff.

The House introduced the Feed Bill shortly after the governor’s State of the State Address Jan. 20.  The House then sent the bill to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, which passed the legislation quickly on Tuesday afternoon.

Then the House passed the legislation on a 61-0 Wednesday morning. It now heads to the Senate, where it is...

Legislators seek to update privacy laws

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SANTA FE – Two New Mexico lawmakers announced sponsorship of a bill on Jan. 19 that would require New Mexico law enforcement to obtain a search warrant in order to obtain personal electronic records.

Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe and Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, announced their co-sponsored legislation, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, in the Roundhouse.

ACLU-NM Director of Public Policy Steve Allen said constant technology advancements creates ambiguity when it comes to accessing personal records.

“The golden age of convenience has also made this the golden age of surveillance,” Allen said.

Allen said the Senate bill, which does not have a number...

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