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ABQ Council Member To Introduce Soccer, Rape Kit ResolutionsAssociated Press

Expect some moves by Albuquerque City Council member Dan Lewis on Monday. The Republican says he wants to introduce a resolution to study the best location in the downtown area for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.

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New Mexico Senators Seek Millions More For Nuke Dump, LabAssociated Press

New Mexico's senators are asking for millions of dollars more to help with recovery efforts at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

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Santa Fe Community College Declared Sanctuary CampusSanta Fe New Mexican

The governing board of the Santa Fe Community College has declared the school to be a sanctuary campus, joining a movement around the country in anticipation of harsher immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.

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New Mexico Ed Secretary Praises Trump's Ed Secretary Pick Associated Press

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump's choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation's most Hispanic state.

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Federal Authorities Charge Man In Old Navy FireAssociated Press

Federal authorities have charged a man with using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string of fires and vandalism over the holiday weekend damaged three Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble, and other establishments.

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Murder Charge Dismissed Against 1 of 2 Albuquerque OfficersThe Associated Press

A special prosecutor has dismissed a second-degree murder charge against one of two former Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a homeless man during an hourslong standoff.

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New Mexico Farmers Brace For Another Dry YearLas Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

Farmers in southern New Mexico are bracing for what could be another dry year.

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Congressman Calls On Trump To Abolish National MonumentsAlbuquerque Journal

A Republican congressman from Utah is urging President-elect Donald Trump to abolish national monuments created by President Barack Obama, including two in New Mexico.

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Review To Focus On Claim That Police Tampered With VideosThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's administration says it will have an independent investigator review a former city supervisor's claim that police employees tampered with videos from police shooting cases.

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Independent Investigator To Review Police Videos– Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The city of Albuquerque will hire an outside investigator to look into allegations that videos from police officers’ lapel cameras were altered.

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Albuquerque Police Accused Of Editing Video Footage – The Associated Press

A City Council member is calling for the city lawyer to arrange for an independent investigation into allegations that Albuquerque police officials erased, altered or corrupted video recordings from officers' lapel cameras.

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New Mexico Democrats Nominate New House SpeakerAssociated Press

Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico have picked Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe as their choice for speaker of the House.

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Santa Fe Archbishop Addresses Immigrant Fears Since ElectionAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester is addressing the fears that have emerged among immigrants since Election Day.

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Outside Supervisor Appointed To Oversee New Mexico Food AidAssociated Press

A federal judge has appointed a "special master" to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

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New Mexico Budget Officials Says Reserves Come FirstAssociated Press

Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico are placing a high priority on rebuilding state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

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New Mexico Judiciary Grapples With Reduced BudgetAssociated Press

The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court says furloughs may be in store for employees of the state's highest court and appellate courts because of recent budget cuts to the judiciary.

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One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted DWI Fugitives Is CapturedThe Associated Press

One of New Mexico's most wanted DWI fugitives has been captured. Authorities say Thomas Frank was captured by police in Farmington after he had absconded from parole and officers say he allegedly was drunk again.

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Attorney: Officer Rejects Plea Deal In Homeless Man's DeathThe  Associated Press

A defense attorney says a former Albuquerque police detective charged with second-degree murder last year in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless camper turned down a plea deal offer from a special prosecutor.

The attorney for retired Detective Keith Sandy said Monday he rejected the offer to plead guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting because the shooting was justified and he did not commit a crime.

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Schools Report Racist Incidents In Wake Of Trump ElectionAssociated Press

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, reports of racist incidents are emerging from the nation's schools and universities, including students who chanted "white power" and called black classmates "cotton pickers."

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CIA Director: Trump's Briefings Will Clarify Challenges – The Associated Press

CIA Director John Brennan says he believes Donald Trump's national security briefings will show the new president-elect that averting terrorism attacks from groups like the Islamic State and tackling other security threats across the globe are challenges that the United States must address with help from its allies and partners.

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New Mexico Governor Makes Amends With Trump –The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susan Susana Martinez is calling Donald Trump's election victory a testament to frustrations with Washington and the federal government.

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson wrapped up his campaign at home in New Mexico.

The former two-time New Mexico governor joined sign-waving supporters Tuesday outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe.

Johnson says his campaign with running mate Bill Weld has made a lasting impression by promoting limited government and greater personal liberty. A 5 percent showing at the polls by Johnson could establish public funding for future Libertarian candidates.

Johnson's candidacy strained traditional party loyalties in New Mexico.

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Hillary Clinton won New Mexico's presidential contest to gain five electoral votes.

Voters on Tuesday chose the Democrat over Republican Donald Trump and the state's former governor, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

Clinton prevailed after she and running mate Tim Kaine skipped campaigning in New Mexico and relied on visits from Bill Clinton and a post-primary rally by Bernie Sanders. Registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the heavily Hispanic state where Barack Obama won his elections handily.

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Voters Approve Bail Bond Constitutional Amendment - The Associated Press

New Mexico voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow judges to deny bail to defendants considered exceptionally dangerous.

The amendment also grants pretrial release to those who aren't considered a threat but remain in jail because they can't afford bail.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce extended his 12-year tenure in Congress with a victory in southern New Mexico's 2nd District.

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Toulouse Oliver Elected Secretary Of State - The Associated Press

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be New Mexico's next secretary of state.

Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, on Tuesday defeated Republican Nora Espinoza, a member of the state House and former teacher.

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Democrats Win Majority In New Mexico House – The Associated Press

The Democratic Party has won a majority of seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, taking back control of the chamber from the GOP.

Tonight join Gene Grant and the New Mexico In Focus line panel for 4 hours of continuous live election coverage starting at 7pm.  It will also be on KNMD, Channel 9.1. And live on KNME Channel 5.1 at 10pm, following the PBS Newshour’s national election coverage. 

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Voting Going Smoothly At Polls Across New MexicoThe Associated Press 

Voting around New Mexico is continuing to run smoothly since the polls opened.

Bernalillo County election officials say more than 30,000 voters cast ballots as of noon Tuesday.

More than 180,000 people in the state's most populous county already voted by early ballot.

So far, there have been no reports of long waits or major problems at polling sites.

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Tune in to KUNM starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for live special election night coverage from NPR News. We'll feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidates and polling sites, and analysis from NPR’s Politics Team.

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