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Tuesday
Mar152011

2010 Census: Hispanic Population Surges in New Mexico

Spencer Platt/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- While the Southwest grew in overall population, New Mexico saw a shift in the composition of its population as Hispanics became the largest group in the state, according to 2010 Census data released Tuesday.

The number of Hispanics in New Mexico surged to become the largest group in the state, making up 46.3 percent of the population.  Whites now make up 40.5 percent of the state.

This is a stark change since 2000, when 44.7 percent of the state’s population consisted of whites.  At that time, Hispanics made up only 42.1 percent of the population.

Part of this leapfrogging can be credited to the faster pace at which Hispanics grew. The Hispanic population increased by 24.6 percent in New Mexico since 2000 while whites grew at only a 2.5 percent rate.

Overall, the state of New Mexico experienced a boom as it expanded by 13.2 percent with its three largest cities -- Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho -- growing substantially at 21.7 percent, 31.4 percent, and 69.1 percent, respectively.

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Friday
Dec312010

New Mexico Governor: 'I've Decided Not To Pardon Billy the Kid'

Photo Courtesy - Hulton Archive/Getty Images(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- 2010 was a year of pardons: from two Mississippi sisters paroled in exchange for one donating a kidney to another, to rock singer Jim Morrison, to a lucky turkey that received a presidential pardon at Thanksgiving.  But one American legend who narrowly escaped redemption was Billy the Kid.

"I've decided not to pardon Billy the Kid because of a lack of conclusiveness and the historical ambiguity as to why Governor Wallace reneged on his pardon," New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told ABC News Friday.

As legend has it, Gov. Lee Wallace made a promise to Billy to grant him amnesty if he testified before a grand jury about another murder case in Lincoln County.  Billy the Kid was in jail at the time for having killed then-Sheriff William Brady.

Wallace reneged on his agreement to pardon Billy the Kid.

In 2003, Richardson, a history buff, first said that he would consider pardoning the famous outlaw.  He finally made up his mind Friday.

"It was a very close call.  I've been working on this for eight years.  The romanticism appealed to me to issue a pardon, but the facts and the evidence did not support it and I've got to be responsible especially when a governor is issuing pardons," Richardson said.

Richardson said that Billy the Kid's decision to continue to murder after the pardon wasn't granted to him impacted his decision.´╗┐

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