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New Mexico Lawmakers To Confront Budget GapAssociated Press

The New Mexico House is poised to vote on a solvency plan intended to vault the state out of an $80 million budget hole and restore a modest financial cushion.

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Homicides Up, Case Clearance Rate Down In AlbuquerqueThe Associated Press & KOAT 

Though the number of homicides in Albuquerque has increased, the number of cases solved by police has gone down.

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New Mexico Speaker Appeals For BipartisanshipThe Associated Press 

New Mexico's incoming speaker of the House of Representatives is urging his Democratic allies and Republicans to work in cooperation to help provide greater economic security for local families and businesses.

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Protestors Rally Against Repeal Of Affordable Care Act – KRQE-TV, Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

Protestors gathered Sunday outside the University of New Mexico Hospital joining similar rallies around the country in protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Energy Companies Plan To Boost Wind Generation In New MexicoAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Energy companies plan to double the generating capacity of wind farms in eastern New Mexico over the next few years thanks in part to federal subsidies and improvements in technology.

State officials say more than a gigawatt of wind capacity is now under construction or planned in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Budget Woes Threaten Pay For JurorsSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

As New Mexico continues to struggle with a budget shortfall, officials say the state is running out of funds to pay jurors.

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Fourth behavioral health provider leaving New Mexico – Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

A fourth Arizona-based provider of substance abuse and mental health services is leaving New Mexico.

The New Mexican reports that Valle del Sol is one of five Arizona nonprofits that began contracting with the New Mexico Human Services Department in 2013 to provide treatment for low-income New Mexicans.

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Magnitude 4.5 Quake Hits In Northeastern New MexicoThe Associated Press

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in a remote area just south of the New Mexico-Colorado border.

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Lawsuit: Priest Sexually Abused Boy In New MexicoAssociated Press

Another man has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former New Mexico priest who until recently was on the lam.

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Sandia Labs Project Aims To Improve Farmers' CropsThe Associated Press

Sandia National Laboratories is getting $2.4 million to help identify crops that are more environmentally friendly.

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Roman Catholic Church Denounces New Mexico 'Food Tax' Idea  - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The Roman Catholic church is calling on New Mexico residents to reject a proposal to reinstate a food tax.

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Flags In New Mexico To Fly At Half-Staff For Fallen Deputy – Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff around New Mexico on Saturday in honor of a Valencia County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash while responding to a call.

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Sandia National Labs Contract Awarded, Leadership Changes to ComeThe Associated Press, The ABQ Journal

Federal officials have awarded a $2.6 billion contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories to a subsidiary of Honeywell International.

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New Mexico Tax Secretary Resigns Amid Investigation – The Associated Press

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla has resigned after state prosecutors raided agency offices and seized her personal tax filings amid allegations she gave preferential treatment to a former business client.

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New Mexico Completes Inspection of Federal Nuke Repository The Associated Press

New Mexico regulatory officials have completed their inspection of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository as the troubled facility looks to reopen.

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