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Morning Roundup

News from around New Mexico:

  • Veteran pilot Troy Bradley and co-pilot Shane Robinson left this year’s America’s Challenge gas balloon race just a few hours after it started after someone in a pickup truck began shooting at the balloon around sunset Saturday near Lubbock, Texas.
  • Kewa Pueblo officials are trying to find homes for nearly 70 people after a hail storm punched holes in roofs, broke windows and skylights and flooded homes on Oct. 2.
  • Clovis police believe a 73-year-old man found dead in a burning mobile home early Monday morning died of smoke inhalation.
  • Former President Bill Clinton will be in New Mexico this week to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish.
  • Santa Fe police are looking for a pair of suspects who allegedly took a woman’s purse, then dragged her about 30 yards through a Walmart parking lot on Sunday.
  • Preliminary data from a state-commissioned market study concludes that when Spaceport America and three visitor centers are completed, they could draw 562,000 visitors per year.
  • Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and his 3rd Congressional District Republican challenger Tom Mullins found little to agree on during a face-to-face debate Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, clashing over immigration and taxes.
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 10 traffic checkpoint east of Deming last Thursday arrested a man wanted for sex offenses in Putnam County, Fla.
  • A former Los Alamos National Laboratory fellow has channeled a devastating diagnosis into an opportunity to refine the much-debated technology behind testing for breast cancer.
  • Abraham Otero-Aragon, 17, and Anthony Aragon, 15, who had been sought in connection with the Sept. 23 shooting of an 18-year-old male near Alamogordo’s Oregon Park, were arrested Thursday morning in Denver by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group.
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says her campaign has raised more than $1 million during the past month.
  • Sergio Saenz, 38, of Raton, was shot to death while sitting in a car in Parral, Mexico, with three other people who survived the attack on the night of Oct. 1.
  • Las Cruces police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 47-year-old woman who has been missing from her Las Cruces home since last Thursday and because of cognitive disorders, may be in danger.
  • Although their slogan is “Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood,” a lawsuit filed in Taos claims that one of Applebee’s customers was drinking good as well. Perhaps too good. The lawsuit alleges restaurant employees continued to serve a drunken customer drinks before he knocked a man unconscious, fracturing his skull in the parking lot.