New Mexicans can register to vote online

New Mexico residents 18 and older can now register to vote online through Motor Vehicle Division offices throughout the state. 

Voters who conduct a transaction at MVD will now be offered the opportunity to register to vote online. The information will be transmitted to New Mexico county clerks electronically, eliminating delays and improving the efficiency of the voter registration process. 

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says this is yet another part of the state’s modernization program, and continued efforts to make the entire voting and elections process more convenient for New Mexicans. 

All voters will be able to update their voter registration information online from their personal computers by mid-summer of next year, according to Duran.


Judge to decide Horse slaughterhouse fate

A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses. 
State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing Monday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co. King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws. 
The plant was blocked from opening last year after animal protection groups brought a federal lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture for issuing permits to Valley and two other companies, which would become the first domestic horse slaughtering plants in seven years. A federal judge threw out that lawsuit.
 King filed the state case after a federal appeals court declined to keep the plants shuttered.


Details emerge in Roswell school shooting

Officials and witnesses say a 12-year-old boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his New Mexico middle school before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon. 
A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting Tuesday morning at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell
Gov. Susana Martinez said the students were in the gym, where they typically hang out before classes start during cold and inclement weather. The 12-year-old pulled a shotgun and opened fire there at about 8 a.m. She said the boy quickly dropped the gun and surrendered when approached by the staff member. 
Superintendent Tom Burris said the school's faculty had participated in "active shooter" training, and they responded appropriately.