ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Southern New Mexico has dethroned the central region of the state as New Mexico's No.1 export zone thanks to a booming border port and declining activity at Intel Corp. The Albuquerque Journal reports the U.S. Commerce Department's latest report showed exports from the Albuquerque metropolitan area plummeted 43 percent last year, from $1.76 billion in 2015 to $1 billion in 2016. Dona Ana County's exports declined by only 1.5 percent, to $1.57 billion.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Enrollment in a southeastern New Mexico oil city has hit another record high. The Hobbs News-Sun reports student enrollment at Hobbs Municipal Schools in Hobbs, New Mexico, has once again surpassed the 10,000 mark. The district reported that as of the 40th day of school, it is serving 10,070 students, an increases of more than one percent over the enrollment when school was out last spring
CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico will now accept certain Native American tribal documents to obtain a state's driver's license with federal REAL ID requirements. The Daily Times of Farmington reports New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division said last week it will accept a Certificate of Indian Blood and an affidavit of birth issued by the Navajo Nation Office of Vital Records instead of a birth certificate.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It will be up to a U.S. district judge whether Republican Steve Pearce will be allowed to tap nearly $1 million in political contributions he collected while in Congress to use in his gubernatorial run. Judge Judith Herrera heard hours of testimony Monday. She indicated she will make a decision soon on whether to grant Pearce's request for a preliminary injunction to block New Mexico election officials from enforcing limitations on campaign transfers from money raised in non-state races.
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