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Morning Roundup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — News from around New Mexico:

  • New Mexico needs to revamp how it distributes more than $2 billion a year in taxpayer money to public schools because the current system is too complicated, difficult to administer and shortchanges needy students, according to a report released today.
  • A man accused of stabbing a State Police officer with the officer’s own knife after a traffic stop has been acquitted of attempted murder but convicted on other charges.
  • A Las Cruces woman who didn’t have any alcohol in her system when she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving is being charged more than $300 for the lab work that cleared her of that charge.
  • New Mexico Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in an animal cruelty case against a Texas horse trainer accused of beating a colt to death.
  • A jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s escape from the Curry County Detention Center.
  • There seems to be no question that a semi driver hit a pedestrian who was crossing Interstate 40 in Gallup late Monday night, but so far that pedestrian hasn’t been found.
  • A teen mom is facing possible criminal charges after San Juan County authorities say she falsely reported that her car was stolen, and with it, her 1-year-old child.
  • Professional mixed-martial arts fighter Tyler East will likely enter into a program to help curb drug addiction after he violated terms of his probation by using cocaine in August.
  • A state water panel is close to settling a dispute over the regulation of waste from New Mexico’s $2.6 billion dairy industry.
  • Albuquerque and El Paso are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to who’s fat and who’s fit, according to Men’s Health magazine. Albuquerque is fit, El Paso is fat.

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