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Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

Heinrich Hosts Tribal Broadband Listening Session

on August 14, 2017 - 10:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with tribal representatives to discuss broadband connectivity in Indian Country. August 9, 2017. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with members of two Pueblo library consortiums representing the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, San Felipe, and Santo Domingo to discuss legislation he plans to introduce to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country.
 
“Access to high-speed internet is

Broad Support For Ten Commandments Monument Reflected In Numerous Briefs At Supreme Court

on August 14, 2017 - 9:05am
Alliance Defending Freedom News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Supreme Court has received numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a New Mexico city’s ability to allow citizens to display a Ten Commandments monument among other historical monuments on public property.
 
The briefs filed in City of Bloomfield v. Felix include support from the attorneys general or governors of 23 states, 24 members of Congress, and a variety of legal experts, religious groups, and others.

Last month, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the high

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Respond To Approval Of New Mexico ESSA Plan

on August 14, 2017 - 8:43am
President Stephanie Ly
 
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“The approval of New Mexico’s state educational plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is incredibly disheartening news for public educators across our state, and will impact our students on a deep level in their schools and communities.
 
“Instead of using new federal flexibility to enact positive changes within New Mexico’s public schools, Interim Secretary Christopher

IRS: For Most, Highway Use Tax Return Is Due Aug. 31; E-file Is A Convenient Filing Option

on August 14, 2017 - 8:39am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that, in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
 
The deadline generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins July 1, 2017, and ends June 30, 2018. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Aug. 31 for vehicles used on the road during July. For vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use.
 
Though some taxpayers have
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AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About Mortgage Modification Scam

on August 14, 2017 - 8:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding a new mortgage modification scam that seeks to steal money from struggling New Mexico homeowners.
 
The callers claim to be with Nationstar and ask for money to be sent to an attorney in Florida promising a loan modification on the victim’s mortgage. The calls come from Ymax or Magic Jack phone numbers and can appear to come from any area code. The scammers are asking New Mexicans to wire money upwards of $1200, money that they may never get back.
 
“Calls and

State Auditor Tim Keller To Release Statewide Report On Government Contracting

on August 14, 2017 - 8:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller will release a Statewide Procurement Report covering both state and local government contracting.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government contracts totaling over $6.5 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. This is the first report that provides a snapshot to the public and policymakers of in-state and out-of-state purchasing by state agencies and over 400 municipalities, counties, and school districts.
 
Awarding more government contracts to

Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

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