Congressional Candidate Says 'F--- The NRA' In TV Ad – KRQE-TV, Association Press
A Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico is using an expletive in television ads to condemn the National Rifle Association and inaction by U.S. lawmakers on gun control.
Albuquerque City Council member Pat Davis says "F--- the NRA" during the 15-second ad broadcast Friday by an Albuquerque-area television station.
KRQE-TV General Manager Bill Anderson says the station is not permitted by law to censor or edit Davis' commercial and must provide equal access to candidates.
Davis is competing in a six-way race for the Democratic nomination for an open congressional seat based in Albuquerque.
The winner will face Republican Janice Arnold Jones and Libertarian Lloyd Princeton in the November general election.
The congressional seat is open because U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of Albuquerque is running for governor.
Laguna Pueblo Receives Funding For New Elementary School – Association Press
Laguna Pueblo has received funding from the Bureau of Indian Education to rebuild its elementary school campus that serves about 220 students.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Friday confirmed approval of $26 million to replace worn-down classrooms at the elementary school serving the Laguna tribal community about 45 miles west of Albuquerque.
Pueblo of Laguna Governor Virgil Siow said in a statement that the investment would benefit the community and its children for decades to come.
Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich say the funding will pay for both design work and construction.
Autopsy: Pilot In Fatal Copter Crash Had Fentanyl In System – Associated Press
An autopsy shows a pilot had a low concentration of fentanyl in his system when his helicopter crashed in New Mexico, killing him and four others, including key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett.
State medical investigators released autopsies Friday for pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd, co-pilot Paul Cobb and wealthy businessman Charles Burnett III — all killed in the January crash near Raton.
Bennett's wife, Heather, also was killed.
The autopsy didn't say whether Dodd may have been taking fentanyl for health reasons. Prior reports have not indicated that drugs were a cause of the crash.
The released autopsies show all three men died of blunt force trauma. Burns also were a cause of death for Burnett.
The autopsies determined that Cobb had no drugs in his system, while Burnett had alcohol, amphetamine and oxycodone present in his.
New Mexico Mother Charged With Trafficking Daughter – Associated Press
A detention hearing for a New Mexico mother on charges stemming from a probe about the possible human trafficking of her 7-year-old daughter will take place next week.
The New Mexico attorney general office says her scheduled court appearance Friday had yet to take place by the time the court adjourned for the day.
Court records show the woman was taken into custody on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The girl's father is accused of prostituting their 7-year-old daughter, and forcing her to sexually touch adults in exchange for drugs and other items.
The mother's attorney says the New Mexico attorney general office's push to keep her detained without bail as she awaits trial is unfair.
The Associated Press is not naming the parents to avoid identifying the child, whom authorities have identified as a crime victim.