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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Older drivers in New Mexico will no longer be required to take their annual eye exam at a state Motor Vehicle Division office due to the coronavirus pandemic. By law, drivers 79 and older are required to take the exam to keep their licenses. But that age group is also at high risk for complications from COVID-19. Some MVD locations have been reserving seniors-only hours, but those visits still put older drivers at risk.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Older drivers in New Mexico will no longer be required to take their annual eye exam at a state Motor Vehicle Division office due to the coronavirus pandemic. By law, drivers 79 and older are required to take the exam to keep their licenses. But that age group is also at high risk for complications from COVID-19. Some MVD locations have been reserving seniors-only hours, but those visits still put older drivers at risk. In an announcement Friday, the state said drivers 79 and older can take the exam at a doctor's office instead and submit the results online. 

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A former Alamogordo police officer has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2019 wreck in Roswell in which one person was killed and two others injured. Luke Maxwell Towner faces a Dec. 14 hearing after pleading guilty Thursday in state District Court to homicide by vehicle, aggravated DWI and great bodily harm. The Roswell Daily Record reports that Judge James Hudson said a plea agreement recommends a 15-year sentence, including 12 years in prison and three years suspended and served on supervised probation.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadcast licenses to dozens of rural tribal governments. The commission said Friday an initial 154 licenses of 2.5 gigahertz were awarded to Native American communities. That includes about 20 in New Mexico and Arizona. The spectrum had long been reserved for educational institutions. Tribes fought to be first in line for a new batch of licenses for the wireless technology that is ideal for sending high-speed internet wirelessly.

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A few dozen cars at a drive-in rally in suburban Pennsylvania honked in unison as Democratic nominee Joe Biden blasted President Trump's handling of the coronavirus. In North Carolina, Trump told a packed crowd: "Covid, covid, covid. By the way, on Nov. 4, you won't hear about it anymore."

Officials in Afghanistan say at least 18 people are dead, including schoolchildren, from a suicide attack outside of an education center in the capital of Kabul.

The country's interior ministry confirmed that more than 57 others were wounded Saturday after the explosion went off in a heavily Shiite neighborhood, The Associated Press reported.

Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, is in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus, his spokesman announced Saturday.

"The president is fine," his spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, said on Twitter. "We are in constant contact with the relevant medical services."

Before embarking on a packed day of campaign rallies, President Trump stopped at a library in Florida's Palm Beach County on Saturday to cast his ballot.

"I voted for a guy named Trump," he told reporters.

While the president has voted by mail in the past, in recent months, he has decried the integrity of voting by mail, falsely asserting that it results in rampant fraud.

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