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- Police: Man suspected of stabbing 11 people in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they've arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people in the city. The incidents were reported at multiple locations on Sunday, including the downtown area and near the University of New Mexico. Police say the suspect rode a bike and was armed with a large knife. The victims were taken to several hospitals and are all in stable condition. Police say two victims were critically injured and some were treated and released. Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos told TV station KRQE that the stabbings "appear to be random." Police did not identify the suspect Sunday.
- Luján plans return to Senate in weeks for Supreme Court vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Ben Ray Luján, who's recovering from a stroke, says he plans to be back at work in the Senate in "just a few short weeks" so he can vote on President Joe Biden's forthcoming nominee for the Supreme Court. In a video released Sunday by his office, the 49-year-old New Mexico senator said he's at the University of New Mexico Hospital after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain and soon will gt to an inpatient rehabilitation facility for a few more weeks. He said he's "doing well" and "strong" and looks forward to being back on the Senate floor after making a "full recovery."
- 2 charged in shooting of New Mexico State Police officer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested and charged in the shooting of a New Mexico State Police officer, who authorities said has been released from a hospital. State Police said 24-year-old Caleb Dustin Elledge and 22-year-old Alanna Martinez were located after a Saturday search at a home in the town of McIntosh. Police say Elledge has a long criminal history and multiple arrest warrants. The Albuquerque Journal reports that at the time of Friday's shooting, Elledge had been on the run for several months after cutting off his ankle monitor. State Police Chief Tim Johnson says at least three guns were recovered, but it's not yet known if one of them was used in the shooting.
- Albuquerque police investigating fatal shooting at apartment
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque police say they are investigating a homicide. They say officers were dispatched to an apartment in the northeast part of the city about a shooting that occurred around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Police say a man was found shot in the chest and he died at the scene. The victim's name hasn't been released yet. Police say detectives are interviewing several witnesses, but there is no immediate word on any suspects in the case.
- Lawmakers expand budget plan to stem violence, spur economy
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Senate legislators have proposed an additional $150 million in spending in revisions to a record-setting annual spending proposal the would provides raises for school and state-government employees, free college tuition for in-state students and an array of grants, loans and tax breaks to private industry. Sen. George Muñoz of Gallup, chairman of the lead Senate budget-writing committee, presented the revised $8.48 billion spending plan Saturday. It would increase annual general fund spending by more than $1 billion or roughly 14%. A Senate panel delayed its endorsement of the bill, amid a dispute over future locations of a training academy for the film and media industries.
- Bill advances to protect judges from threats, doxxing
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are advancing a bill with new criminal penalties aimed at protecting state and local judges and their immediate families from threats and the malicious sharing of home addresses and other personal information. House legislators endorsed the initiative on a 65-1 vote Friday night, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. The proposal responds to concerns about the physical safety of judges and about efforts to sway or disrupt judicial proceedings. Threats would carry felony penalties and the malicious sharing of personal information — also known as doxxing — could trigger misdemeanor sanctions.
- Voter-access bill advances in New Mexico Legislature
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat-backed bill to expand voting access in New Mexico is advancing toward a Senate floor vote. A legislative panel endorsed the bill on a 6-5 vote Thursday, clearing the way for debate on the Senate floor. Lawmakers have until Feb. 17 to approve bills during a rapid-fire 30-day legislative session. The bill as recently amended would make Election Day a holiday for public schools, provide convicted felons with the opportunity to register to vote as they exit prison and distribute mail-in ballots year-after-year to people who prefer them. Currently absentee ballots are available by request only for each election.
- New Mexico police arrest 2 suspects in officer shooting
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested and charged two suspects in the shooting of a New Mexico State Police officer. Police say the 24-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were arrested Saturday morning in the town of McIntosh. The New Mexico State Police said in a statement that the man has a long criminal history and multiple arrest warrants. The statement said he has been charged with a number of crimes. The agency said the woman has been charged with harboring or aiding a felon. The the officer was shot Friday along a highway east of Albuquerque after pursuing a vehicle that police said rammed his patrol car. Officials said his injuries' weren't life-threatening.