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Morning Word: District Attorney Candidates Square Off

September 23, 2016, 7:30 am
District Attorney Candidates Discuss Issues in Santa Fe 
While most people were out enjoying the rain or watching Thursday night football, the two candidates for District Attorney in the First Judicial District squared off at a League of Women Voters’ candidate forum in Santa Fe on Thursday night.
Democrat Marco Serna offered some thoughts on the death penalty and marijuana decriminalization, while Republican Yvonne Chicoine said it’s not the district attorney’s place to speak on political issues and that the DA’s job is to simply enforce the law.
New Spaceport Director Appointed
The Spaceport Authority’s board selected Dan Hicks, long-range plans director at White Sands Missile Range, to replace exiting director Christine Anderson.

Former Mora Superintendent Faces More Charges
The Las Vegas Optic reports state police have filed a new case against former Mora Independent School District Superintendent Charles Trujillo.
Court documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court accuse Trujillo of forgery and attempt to commit fraud in connection with a Luna Community College job application.

Trujillo resigned following an October investigation by the Optic that Trujillo faked his credentials to obtain his administrative license.
Griego ‘Over Scrutinized’;
Phil Griego’s criminal defense attorney contends the former senator is “being singled out” and “over scrutinized.” Thomas Clark says he also thinks state prosecutors “are placing an undue amount of scrutiny on the longtime politician in response a new search warrant of bank records.”

Democrat Political Operative Indicted
An Albuquerque man, and longtime political operative, has been indicted on a variety of election fraud charges. In 2014, Carlos Villanueva admits he obtained recently deceased voters’ absentee ballots to demonstrate how it easily they could be obtained. Villanueva says he immediately turned the ballots over to state election officials. He contends the felony charges are politically motivated.

UNM Police Chief Sued for Civil Rights Violations
Two former University of New Mexico football players and another man are suing the school’s police chief and other officers for violating their civil rights. The plaintiffs contend Chief Kevin McCabe and the others conspired to build a rape case against them despite knowing the men were innocent.

Obama Honors New Mexico Pioneering Author
Thursday at the White House, President Barack Obama awarded New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya the National Humanities Medal for his “pioneering stories of the American Southwest.”
His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition,” Obama said. “And as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations.
Michael Coleman reports, “Anaya joined 16 other American arts and humanities luminaries, including humorist Mel Brooks and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, for the event in the ornate East Room.” 

That’s it for today. Enjoy the first weekend in the new fall season and see you back here on Monday.


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