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Facebook Chooses New Mexico For New Data Center Over Utah – The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich says Facebook is choosing New Mexico for a new data center over Utah after questions arose about a tax-break deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Advocates have been trying to get a question on the ballot about whether all businesses in Albuquerque should be required to offer paid sick leave to workers. They faced a setback in court on Monday night.

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Funding for people with developmental disabilities in this state has been tight for years. And one organization might have had thousands less than it should have. The state auditor says a program director may have siphoned federal funding into his personal bank account.

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Jury Selected For 2 Officers Charged In Homeless Man's Death – The Associated Press 

A jury has been selected in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers who are scheduled to stand trial next week in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man in 2014.

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An organization based in Santa Fe is hoping lawmakers will consider a plan in an upcoming special session that would raise taxes on all alcoholic beverages. The group recently commissioned a poll that found a majority of New Mexicans are in favor that idea—but Governor Susana Martinez has said she won’t support any kind of tax hike.

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It’s been more than six months since Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas announced the temporary closure of its obstetrics unit. Pregnant women in northeastern New Mexico have had to drive to places like Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Taos for routine check-ups and delivery.

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Jury Selection Begins In Trial For 2 OfficersThe Associated Press

An attorney prosecuting two former police officers charged with second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of a homeless man has asked potential jurors with law enforcement ties whether they could be fair and impartial in deciding the case.

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Gov. Martinez: 'More Items' May Be Added To Special SessionAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is signaling she may add "more items" to a looming special session on the state's budget crisis.

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A judge decided Friday afternoon that Bernalillo County’s ballots for the November election can’t be printed until the issue of paid sick leave is sorted out. Advocates filed a lawsuit after the initiative failed at a Bernalillo County Commission meeting. 

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Flu season starts next month. The state Department of Health is asking people to get vaccinated before the disease starts to spread.

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On display this month at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center is a series of ten murals -- all made entirely out of seeds.  The murals were created in towns and schools and at community events all around New Mexico, as part of an artistic effort to promote healthy environments.

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Valencia County Man Dies From West Nile VirusAssociated Press

New Mexico Department of Health officials say a 63-year-old Valencia County man has died from West Nile virus.

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Advocates wanted voters to make the call about whether all businesses in Albuquerque should be required to offer paid sick leave to their workers. The measure died before the Bernalillo County Commission on Thursday.

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Trial Begins For Man Charged In Rio Rancho Officer's Death The Associated Press

An attorney for the man charged in the shooting death of a suburban Albuquerque police officer has called into question the honesty of a key witness for the prosecution in the case.

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UNM’s Kiva Club, a Native American issues student club, and a Native American Studies class are holding a demonstration Thursday to show solidarity with tribes from across the country that are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.  

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State Advocate For Elderly Fired Over Public Records Release Albuquerque Journal

The former top advocate in the state for elderly in long-term care facilities is suing over her firing after she released information in response to a public records request.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory has been one of the country’s foremost nuclear research centers ever since the atomic bomb was developed there in the 1940s. Weapons and engineering programs continue there today, but the U.S. Department of Energy is still cleaning up contamination left over from World War II.

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New Mexicans have needed help after wildfires and floods in recent years. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has done its part: sending money to the state of New Mexico. But the state has not released tens of millions of dollars for contractors who did disaster recovery work.

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Meeting To Address Ballot Questions On Sick Leave, Campaign Finance – Albuquerque Journal

Bernalillo County Commissioners will meet Thursday to discuss adding questions to the Nov. 8 ballot on public financing for campaigns and an ordinance mandating paid sick leave for workers.

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Former New Mexico Official To Lead Oil Industry GroupAssociated Press

The former head of the New Mexico Environment Department has been appointed to lead an oil and gas industry group that represents producers around the state.

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New Mexico To Share In Veteran Homeless Prevention GrantsAssociated Press

Veteran families across New Mexico will get a boost thanks to more than $2 million in homeless prevention grants.

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 The man accused of drugging, assaulting and killing a child in Albuquerque slipped through the cracks of the probation system because of a missed email, according to the state Corrections Department. Twenty-two other people may have as well.

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Folks on the Navajo Nation still haven’t received the compensation they were promised after the Gold King Mine spill last year, according to leaders there. On Saturday starting around 6:30 a.m., people will walk and run from Hogback to Shiprock to keep the focus on long-term effects in the community.

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Police Officer And Suspect Both Killed In New MexicoThe Associated Press

Police say a New Mexico police officer was shot and killed after he encountered a 38-year-old man with three active warrants out for his arrest who opened fire.

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It can be hard to get motivated to exercise. But what if your doctor wrote you a prescription for it? One physician in Albuquerque is leading the charge against inactivity.

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State Looks To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Federal Nuke Lab Cleanup – The Associated Press 

The New Mexico Environment Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a watchdog group's lawsuit over a cleanup effort at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons factories.

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Stories of outsiders coming to New Mexico to exploit the state's resources are nothing new – think Spanish colonization.

That’s how many critics see Santolina, a 22-square-mile development proposed for an area west of Albuquerque. But opponents of the project are fighting back in court.

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Members Of New Mexico Delegation Seek F-16s For Air BaseThe Associated Press

A bipartisan contingent of the state's congressional delegation is urging the federal government to relocate F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand training efforts at the southern New Mexico post.

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Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death – The Associated Press

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

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Students at the University of New Mexico who pay their tuition online are going to have reach deeper into their pockets this semester. A 2.75 percent processing fee kicked in about a week before classes started. 

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