ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico lawmakers will have decide whether to put more money into a program that provides child care for low-income families or whether the funds would be better spent elsewhere. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Monique Jacobson, secretary of the state Children, Youth and Families Department, is asking the Legislature to approve an extra $25 million next year for child care assistance.
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police say they're investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 70 north of Portales. They say a car left the roadway for an unknown reason and crashed into a tree about 2 a.m. Sunday.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered in northwestern New Mexico for a memorial service for a 17-year-old student killed in a school shooting rampage in the small city of Aztec. Casey Jordan Marquez was a cheerleader who planned to travel to Florida to perform as part of a cheer squad during the upcoming Orange Bowl. Marquez and 17-year-old Francisco "Paco" Fernandez were killed Dec. 7 when a gunman disguised as a student opened fire inside Aztec High School.
GRANT COUNTY, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say an Illinois man is dead after he crashed an all-terrain vehicle in New Mexico's Grant County. New Mexico State Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Scott Jarette of Villa Park. They say the crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Forrest Road 819. The ATV driven by Jarette left the roadway and crashed for an unknown reason. State Police say Jarette was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas but died from his injuries.
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