Briefs 08-15-14

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By Associated Press

Albuquerque school chief resigns amid probe

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.
In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was “the best option” for both parties.
Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.
Hispanic community leader Ralph Arellanes applauded the announcement, saying the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and the League of United Latin American Citizens have never had so many complaints about abuse of power against women and minorities by a superintendent as it had against Brooks.
Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

Official clears contested contributions to King

SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran now says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King can keep nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions that Duran previously said exceeded campaign finance limits.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran’s reversal Thursday apparently makes moot a legal action filed by King that the state Supreme Court planned to hear Aug. 28.
Duran says in a letter to King that two previously contested contributions are permissible if King can document that the contributions were intended for paying off some of his campaign debt from the primary election.

Santa Fe police: Man fatally shot at residence


SANTA FE — Santa Fe police they've made an arrest in a fatal shooting.

According to police, 57-year-old Edwin Watters was arrested on suspicion of murder in the Thursday evening shooting of 45-year-old Diego Sena at the home of Sena's niece.

Police say Sena was working for Watters on remodeling work at the niece's home.

Police say they're still trying to determine a possible motive for the shooting.

A police spokeswoman says she can't immediately say whether Watters has an attorney.