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Sheriff Orders Internal Investigation Into Elderly Man’s DeathAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The sheriff of Bernalillo County has ordered an internal affairs investigation into the death of an elderly man after a standoff with deputies last fall.

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House Passes $6.3 Billion BudgetAssociated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico's Republican-led House of Representatives passed a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

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New Mexico REAL ID Compromise Passes 2nd Test-Associated Press

A second Senate committee has passed a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

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Lawsuit: Sheriffs Used Pepper Balls And K-9 On Elderly ManAlbuquerque Journal

Family members of an elderly man who was shot with pepper balls and taken down by a K-9 dog have filed suit against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Study Critiques APD Lapel Camera Policy – Albuquerque Journal

A new report finds policies on using lapel cameras in the Albuquerque Police Department are confusing and impact officers’ actions interacting with people on their beats.

 

Mistrust of government is at an all-time high. As part of our People, Power and Democracy project, Gwyneth Doland is moderating conversations between state lawmakers, policy experts, and New Mexicans to explore questions like: What reforms would increase your trust in government?

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Finger Print Provision Scuttles Deal On Immigrant LicensesThe Associated Press

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants who are in the country illegally provide finger prints when applying for a special driver identification card, under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations for identification.

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Medicaid Edges Out Political Agendas In New Mexico – Associated Press

Rising costs for health care linked to the expansion of Medicaid in New Mexico are crowding out initiatives sought by Gov. Susana Martinez.

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APS Seeks $575 Million In Bond ElectionAlbuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Public Schools is looking for more than half a billion dollars from voters in a bond election on Tuesday.

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New Mexico Child Pornography Loophole Bill Heads To Senate- Associated Press

A New Mexico House-approved bill aimed at closing a loophole in the state's pornography law protecting children faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

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The Latest: Change-Of-Venue Motion Denied In Police ShootingThe Associated Press

A judge has denied a motion to move the trial for two former Albuquerque officers charged with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man in 2014.

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House Passes REAL ID Bill After Heated DebateAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The state House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

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New Mexico Court Approves Changes To Speedy Trial RuleThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved changes to a rule designed to diminish the backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial in Bernalillo County.

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Proposal To Expand New Mexico's 'Three-Strikes' Law AdvancesThe Associated Press

A proposal to expand the New Mexico's "three-strikes" law for sentencing habitual offenders has cleared another hurdle.

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Bill To Address Rape Kit Backlog Goes Before Lawmakers Associated Press

Legislation aimed at addressing a backlog of rape test kits in the state would appropriate $1.2 million to hire more forensic scientists to process DNA evidence from sexual assault cases in the next fiscal year.

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Sprint To Cut Nearly 400 Jobs In New Mexico- Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business First    

Sprint is shutting down the Rio Rancho customer call center next month.

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 GOP-Sponsored REAL ID Fix Clears First HurdleAssociated Press

A GOP-sponsored bill that would make New Mexico compliant under the REAL ID Act and allow some  immigrants to obtain driver's permit cards has cleared its first hurdle.

Department Of Defense Announces New Mexico ID RestrictionsAssociated Press

The U.S. Department of Defense says it will no longer accept New Mexico driver's licenses at its installations nationwide.

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Officer In Boyd Shooting Seeking Reinstatement – Associated Press

One of the Albuquerque officers slated to stand trial for shooting a mentally ill homeless man wants his job back.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Convene To Forge Budget Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature is convening in Santa Fe to hammer out a budget agreement amid faltering revenues and to tackle thorny issues from immigrant driver's licenses to major public safety reforms.

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Disgraced Former New Mexico Secretary Of State ReleasedAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was released Sunday from a Santa Fe County jail after a 30-day sentence for using political campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.

Isleta Pueblo Reclaims Swath Of Historic Tribal Homeland- Associated Press

The Pueblo of Isleta is adding 140 square miles to its jurisdiction under a deal the U.S. Interior Department says represents the single largest transfer of land back to a tribe's control in U.S. history. 

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EPA Reviews New Mexico's Plans To Sue Over SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's reviewing New Mexico's plan to sue the federal government over a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

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New Mexico To Sue EPA Over Mine Spill - Associated Press

New Mexico officials say they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

The New Mexico Environment Department says it filed a notice Thursday of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over last year's spill. The lawsuit would be a first and would also target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines.

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'New Mexico Truth' Campaign Launched On Child Poverty Associated Press

A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state's successful tourism ad campaign to do it.

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Teen Tells Doctor He Heard Voices Before KillingAssociated Press

A psychiatrist has testified that a New Mexico teenager appeared "detached" and "matter of fact" when he described killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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Pecos Wilderness Expansion Plan Draws Opposition Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A proposal to fold thousands of acres into the Pecos Wilderness area northwest of Santa Fe is drawing resistance from nearby residents.

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State Senate President Accuses Assistant Of Embezzling – Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate president is accusing a longtime assistant of embezzling thousands of dollars in campaign funds.

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Gov. Martinez Cautions About Keeping Spending In Check Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is cautioning New Mexico lawmakers that the state needs to live within its means due to an uncertain revenue picture.

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Libertarian Gary Johnson Launches Presidential BidAssociated Press

Libertarian politician Gary Johnson is running for president a second time after winning more than a million votes in 2012.

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