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Budget Cuts Prompt More Court Clerks To Limit HoursAssociated Press

Another of New Mexico's judicial districts will be reducing the hours its court clerks have to help the public due to budget cuts and resulting staff shortages.

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Originally published on January 11, 2017 2:11 pm

For the first time in 167 days, President-elect Donald Trump held a wide-ranging news conference.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, live-annotated the speech. Portions of the transcript with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact checks below.

Note: The transcript was updated throughout the press conference. While we are working to correct errors, it may contain discrepancies and typographical errors.

He was born in Albuquerque's Old Town in 1938 and passed away in January 2015, after a lifetime as a writer, historian, educator and activist.  Teatro Paraguas pays tribute to the beloved New Mexico poet Tony Mares with Rio del Corazon, dramatic readings of poems selected from his books.  Performances are later this month at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe and at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Special Prosecutor Steps Down In Albuquerque Shooting Case – The Associated Press

Metro Albuquerque's new district attorney will decide if two former Albuquerque police officers should be retried in connection to the shooting death of a mentally ill homeless man after the special prosecutor handling the case stepped down.

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A rash of broken windows at businesses along Central Avenue in Albuquerque that started last week continued Wednesday night. At least five Mexican and New Mexican restaurants and one tire shop were vandalized in recent days, including Los Compadres and Garcia’s Kitchen

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President-Elect Donald Trump is still talking building of a border wall and spurring speculation about deportations around the United States. Local civil rights groups are uniting to march for immigrant rights this weekend. 

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The state Department of Health has struggled to quickly process applications for the medical cannabis program, and supplies sometimes run short. Lawmakers have proposed a bill that could address those issues and improve access for patients.

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Land Managers to Hold Online Lease Sale in New Mexico – The Associated Press

Federal land managers in New Mexico are planning their first online oil and natural gas lease sale later this month.

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Governor Susana Martinez designed a budget plan to close the state's funding shortfall, while sticking by her vow to avoid tax increases. The plan was announced Tuesday. It preserves funding for economic development and public safety, while deepening cuts at the Legislature and state universities. 

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Thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits have piled up around the state, most of them in Albuquerque. One measure that’s been filed ahead of next week’s legislative session would pitch in some state funds to get them tested.

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State Auditor Joins Race To Become Albuquerque's Next MayorThe Associated Press 

State Auditor Tim Keller has entered the race to become Albuquerque's next mayor.

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KUNM Call in Show 1/12 8a: State lawmakers return to Santa Fe next week for a 60-day session during which they'll have to make some tough decisions about the budget, education, criminal justice, government accountability and more. 

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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Remembering Dr. King

Jan 10, 2017
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Sun. 1/08 7p: We honor Martin Luther King Jr., and take a listen to some of his most prolific speeches, that hold fast today. Join us in hope and resiliency for this new year.

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Supreme Court Rules For NM Officer in Fatal 2011 Shooting - The Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a New Mexico State Police officer in a wrongful death lawsuit from 2011.

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A neighborhood association and an environmental justice group say a gasoline distribution plant is polluting the air in a low-income area of Albuquerque. The city will hold a hearing on the plant Wednesday.

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After last year’s fatiguing election cycle, candidates in Albuquerque are gearing up for another one: The 2017 race for mayor. 

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US Energy Boss Lauds Opening of Nuke Repository – The Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Energy Department says it was the determination of workers and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release.

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EPA: 540 Tons Of Metals Entered River In Colorado Mine SpillAssociated Press

Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated Colorado's Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned gold mine in 2015.

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The nation’s only underground nuclear waste dump is back in operation again. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad stored low level nuclear waste deep in the earth Wednesday for the first time since the facility was closed following a fire and a radiation leak in early 2014.

The New Mexico Environment Department enforces hazardous waste regulations at WIPP. Secretary Butch Tongate says they’ve reviewed procedures, equipment, safety protocols and permit compliance at the facility.

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Feds Issue Decision on Operating Plan for Rio GrandeThe Associated Press

Federal officials have signed off on a plan that spells out how the Rio Grande will be allocated and delivered to users in southern New Mexico and Texas over the next three decades.

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Nuke Dump Disposes of First Drums Of Waste in Three YearsThe Associated Press, The Carlsbad Current-Argus

Employees at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository have resumed disposal work after a nearly three-year hiatus that was prompted by a radiation release.

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Ex-School Chief Sues Troubled Northern New Mexico DistrictThe Associated Press

A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent.

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Public Education Gets Boost From New Mexico Permanent Funds Associated Press

Funding for public education will get a boost this year from New Mexico's two major sovereign wealth funds thanks to strong investment results.

New Top Prosecutor Sworn In For Bernalillo County Associated Press

A new top prosecutor has taken over as district attorney in Bernalillo County for the first time in 16 years.

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Arizona Advocates Buoyed By Obama Monument Action – Associated Press

Advocates for the creation of a new national monument covering areas around Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park say they are hopeful after President Barack Obama created two new monuments this week in Utah and Nevada. But Arizona's governor is threatening legal action if Obama acts.

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The Santa Fe Symphony will welcome a new Principal Conductor in 2017, and filling the position will be one of the best known musicians in the area.  Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa was for twelve seasons the popular Music Director of the now-departed New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  His new role in Santa Fe begins with a concert on January 22 at the Lensic Center.

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New Mexico Highlights Progress On Overdose DeathsAssociated Press

New Mexico officials are highlighting the state's progress in reducing drug overdose deaths as a new law goes into effect to increase monitoring of prescriptions for opioid pain medication.

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District Attorney Clears Albuquerque Officer In Shooting – The Associated Press 

Prosecutors have cleared an Albuquerque police officer in the 2014 shooting death of an Air Force veteran during a standoff at the man's home.

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Lawmakers Could Push For Higher Minimum Wage – Santa Fe New Mexican

A push to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage is likely in the upcoming legislative session, with two bills already filed by lawmakers.

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