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  • AP-US-DEADLY-BALLOON-CRASH-LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a passenger on a hot air balloon that crashed and killed five people in Albuquerque in June is suing the estate of the deceased pilot and the companies that operated the commercial balloon. Martin Martinez's family filed the lawsuit last week in state district court. It names Hot Air Balloonatics LLC, Sventato LLC, and the estate of the pilot, Nicholas Meleski. The suit accuses Meleski of piloting the balloon in a reckless manner.

  • EDUCATION TESTING DATA

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials say not enough students were tested last spring to gauge learning loss during the pandemic. All states skipped testing in 2020 when the pandemic hit. New Mexico also got a so-called "accountability wavier" allowing it to skip testing last spring, even as schools were opening up. It's the third year in a row that comparable education data will not be available to policymakers.

Are New Mexico students learning? Hard to say without tests

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials say not enough students were tested last spring to gauge learning loss during the pandemic. All states skipped testing in 2020 when the pandemic hit. New Mexico also got a so-called "accountability wavier" allowing it to skip testing last spring, even as schools were opening up. It's the third year in a row that comparable education data will not be available to policymakers. That's because the New Mexico Public Education Department has changed standardized tests twice since 2018, and didn't implement them during the pandemic.

  • ALBUQUERQUE-MAYORAL DEBATE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's struggle with violent crime and escalating homelessness took center stage Monday night as the three candidates running for mayor in New Mexico's largest city faced off during a forum sponsored by the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative. Crime has been among the top issues for voters as the city deals with record homicides this year. Incumbent Tim Keller tried to defend his record, pointing to community policing efforts and a new public safety office.

Today in History

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  • Today in History 

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2021. There are 94 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Sept. 28, 1920, eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (All were acquitted at trial, but all eight were banned from the game for life.) 

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