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Suspect Killed In Confrontation With APD, Elections Officials See Major Voter Surge

Nov 5, 2018

Suspect Killed In Confrontation With Albuquerque PoliceAssociated Press

Albuquerque police are investigating the scene where officers shot and killed an armed suspect.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex near Louisiana Boulevard and Gibson.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says 911 calls reported that multiple shots had been fired in the complex.

Investigators say there was a confrontation between a man with a gun and responding officers and that one officer fired a weapon.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries.

Drobik says the officer who fired a weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave.

This marks the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting this year.

Top Races In New Mexico's General Election Associated Press

New Mexico voters will pick the state's next governor to replace a termed-out Republican in Tuesday's election and fill a long list of statewide offices.

The state House is up for election as Democrats defend their majority.

In federal races, voters are deciding a three-way Senate race and filling three congressional seats, including two with no incumbent. Ballot issues include a constitutional amendment to create an independent state ethics commission.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are due by 7 p.m. at Election Day polling places or county clerks' offices.

Man With History Of Trespassing On UNM Campus Is ArrestedKRQE-TV, Associated Press

Authorities say a man with a history of trespassing on the University of New Mexico campus has been arrested.

UNM Police say 24-year old Jose Barron allegedly tried to stab a student union building manager after being caught going through some equipment used for the school's blood drive.

Police say the manager chased Barron outside and picked up a metal patio chair to defend himself.

But when he put the chair back down, Barron allegedly grabbed it and threw it at the manager, hitting him in the lower back.

KRQE-TV reports Barron was later arrested Thursday trying to rob someone else on campus.

Police say Barron has been caught trespassing on campus three times before since last July, including once posing as a construction worker.

Early Voter Participation Surges In New Mexico -Associated Press

New Mexico election regulators are reporting a major surge in early and absentee balloting as voters decide on a new governor, two open congressional seats and whether to re-elect a Democratic U.S. Senator.

The New Mexico secretary of state on Sunday reported that 430,796 ballots had been cast at the close of early voting over the weekend. That represents a 31 percent increase in early voting from the last midterm election with an open seat for governor in 2010.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs is running for governor against Democratic U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham amid public frustration over the economy, public schools and crime.

In the state's southern congressional district, Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell faces Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.

Country Sees High Number Of Native American Candidates - By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

Deb Haaland is not the first Native American woman to run for Congress, but she could be one of the first elected Tuesday.

More than 100 Native Americans are seeking seats in Congress, governor's offices, state legislatures and other posts. Political observers say it's been a record year for the candidates.

The uptick comes amid the #MeToo movement and as the president's administration has taken stances that tribes say attack their status as sovereign nations.

The editor of Indian Country Today, Mark Trahant, has been tracking the Native American candidates.

On Election Day, he'll co-host a program focusing on the candidates that will be broadcast online, and on television and radio.

If elected, Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, says she'd ensure her colleagues recognize the disparities in Indian Country and listen to tribal leaders.

GOP Defends High Offices In Border State Of New Mexico - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico Republicans are trying to defend their hold on the governor's office and a key congressional district along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tuesday's election, as Democrats stoke discontent with President Donald Trump.

Early voting concluded Saturday with statewide participation exceeding all previous midterm elections.

Republican Steve Pearce is one of the two members of Congress running for governor. He has taken aim at concerns about crime.

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham has highlighted her experience as the former state health secretary, rallying supporters with calls for expanding medical coverage through a Medicaid buy-in plan.

New Mexico's next governor will inherit discontent about a lagging state economy and a troubled public education system.

In a southern congressional district, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is competing against Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell.

 

Anxious About Caravan Militia Members Scout US Border Town – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Militia members concerned about a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico toward the United States have traveled to Columbus, New Mexico, but the mayor of the border town of 1,600 residents says he sees no reason to be fearful.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a few militia members were in Columbus in the past week offering help but that Mayor Salas Ezequiel said many people from elsewhere "hear things that are not true."

Jim Peyton, a militia member from Jasper, Alabama, said they were scouting locations to prepare for the caravan.

Peyton said the militia members' goal is to stop "bad guys" but that they're armed only for self-defense.

Columbus, 68 miles west of El Paso, Texas, was raided in 1916 by the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

 

Exhibit To Honor Latino US Medal Of Honor Recipients -Associated Press

A new exhibit recognizing the six Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor recipients with New Mexico connections is set to open.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center on Thursday will hold an opening reception at the History and Literary Arts building to kick off the tribute to the Latinos who have received the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows for acts of valor and heroism.

The exhibition of will feature photographs and narratives.

The tribute honors World War II veterans Private Joseph Martínez, Private José Valdez and Master Sgt. Alejandro Ruíz. It also honors Vietnam War veterans Daniel Fernandez and Louis Rocco, and Leroy Petry of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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