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New Mexico Governor, Lawmakers Haven't Sent Real ID Letter - Russell Contreras, Associated Press, 

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers have not sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking an extension on REAL ID requirements.

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New Mexico Finishes Year With Record Dose Of Wet Weather – The Associated Press

New Mexico is finishing off the year without a single square mile mired by drought.

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Governor Issues Order To Keep Propane Available – The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order to keep a steady supply of propane throughout New Mexico as winter weather continues in the state. The order suspends regulations that limit the number of hours propane suppliers are allowed to drive.

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DWI Court's Treatment Program Promotes Native Culture - Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

The state's busiest courthouse has revived a program that gives Native Americans with two or more DWIs an alternative to jail time with treatment that incorporates traditional aspects of Native American cultures.

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Authorities have identified two men in Roswell found dead in the aftermath of last weekend's snow storm.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder says 64-year-old John Spain died while shoveling snow.

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Farmington Woman Charged In Fatal Colorado Crash - The Associated Press

A Farmington woman is behind held in Colorado on charges that she caused a crash that left one woman dead.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported Thursday that 36-year-old Yolanda Griswold remains held on $10,000 bond in Durango.

According to court records, she is facing charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving for the Dec. 11 accident near the New Mexico state line.

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New Mexico Bracing For Powerful Post-Christmas Storm – The Associated Press

Residents throughout New Mexico are being warned to expect the days following Christmas to be especially white and blustery.

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Navajo Seeks To Be Part Owner Of Coal-Fired Power Plant – The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation is pursuing partial ownership of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

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Ex-Inmate Settles Solitary Confinement Lawsuit For $750K - Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

A Tennessee man has reached a $750,000 settlement with a New Mexico county over how he was treated while held in solitary confinement at a local jail.

Muscling Down On Mussels

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New Mexico Game and Fish officials are trying to stop two species of non-native mussels from spreading into local waters by revising the Aquatic Species Rules. The department has opened public comment for the proposed rule changes.

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The number of people who are behind bars in America is much bigger than it was 40 years ago. In fact, it’s five times higher. That means a lot more parents are doing time, and having a record can limit people’s ability to get a job, find a place to live and provide for their kids. A local program is trying to help dads get around the obstacles and back on track with their families.

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Contract To Manage Federal Nuke Lab Up For Grabs After 2017 – The Associated Press

The $2 billion contract to manage one of the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratories will be up for grabs after 2017.

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Cochiti Dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the country. The Rio Grande was transformed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished building it in the 1970s.

Some communities downstream experienced serious negative impacts, and the river's ecosystem suffered.

But a lawsuit may have federal water managers shifting the way they manipulate water flows out of the dam to support wildlife.

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Federal Grand Jury Sought Records Related To Susana Martinez – The Associated Press 

The 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office was asked to turn over documents including a variety of payroll, expense and law enforcement records connected to the governor's former job as Doña Ana County's top prosecutor.

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Gov Apologizes For Staff's Holiday Party Conduct - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is apologizing for her staff's conduct at her annual holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel.

AUDIO: Governor Appears 'Inebriated,' Says Bottles Were Thrown

Dec 18, 2015
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UPDATE 12/22 1p Associated Press: A recording from a police sergeant's belt tape suggests New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was inebriated the night police responded to a complaint at a hotel where she was hosting a holiday party.

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Governor Revives Effort To Take Away Truant Students’ LicensesAlbuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez says she will push once again to strip drivers’ licenses from students who are habitually truant.

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Over a period of decades, cancer-causing solvents quietly seeped from a warehouse owned by Laun-Dry Supply Co. into the groundwater underneath dozens of homes and businesses near downtown Albuquerque. Today the plume of contamination stretches a mile and a half across the city, putting hundreds of people at risk of chemical exposure.

And government records show that employees of Laun-Dry were exposed to toxins from the plume. 

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For centuries New Mexico has served as an inspiration to artists from all over the world. The New Mexico PBS/KNME original production New Mexico Masterpieces features some of the Land of Enchantment’s most enduring, pivotal, provocative, and beautiful artworks.  

KUNM's Chris Boros spoke with KNME Executive Producer Michael Kamins about the film.

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AG: 2,400 Albuquerque Schools Workers Lack Background Checks – By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general says he's "concerned" 15 percent of employees in the state's largest school district don't have background checks on file.

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Chimpanzees have been bred for research here since the 1950s, and at one point, the state was home to the largest captive chimpanzee colony on the planet. But the National Institutes of Health decided to stop funding chimp research last month. The move marks a sea change in biomedical ethics—and might prove smarter for human health.

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New Mexico Regulators Settle Fate Of Coal-Fired Power PlantThe Associated Press

State regulators have adopted a plan that calls for closing part of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that serves customers across the Southwest.

The 4-1 vote by the Public Regulation Commission came Wednesday after years of public meetings, protests and legal challenges that reached the highest courts in New Mexico.

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Martinez Names Winter As Interim Secretary Of State – Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has named Albuquerque City Councilor Brad Winter as the state's next secretary of state.

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Disgraced New Mexico Politician Gets 30 Days In Jail By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

After making a tearful plea for leniency, former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for siphoning money from her election account to fuel a gambling addiction.

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NM Officials Say 'Operation Lilly' Aims To Curb Road RageThe Associated Press

Law enforcement officials say they are targeting reckless and aggressive drivers with Operation Lilly, an initiative that puts more patrol cars on the streets in the Albuquerque area.

Operation Lilly is named for 4-year-old Lilly Garcia, who was shot and killed on Interstate-40 during a road rage dispute.

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The Human Services Department is once again trying to expand work requirements for people who use the food stamps program. But fatigue on this issue might be dampening community response.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging a gun control law in Illinois and gun control advocates are seeing the move as a green light for states and local governments to pass gun laws.

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Police Union President Placed On Leave Amid Abuse AllegationsThe Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police union says its president has been placed on leave amid allegations she abused a teenage relative.

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This week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The new law gets rid of many of the standardized testing requirements that had been in place under No Child Left Behind, and gives states more leeway in designing their own education standards.

Public Health New Mexico spoke to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, who supported the bill, about what the changes mean for our state.

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City Council Allots Funds To Recruit And Retain Police Officers - Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council voted on Wednesday night to commit $8.2 million to recruit and retain police officers.

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