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Rapid Transit Construction Delayed Until JulyAlbuquerque Journal

Construction on a bus rapid transit system in Albuquerque would not start until late July rather than May in order to incorporate design changes and an additional station along the route.

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State Asked UNM Health Sciences Center For Medicaid Help Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The state won't be relying on the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center and its $200 million in reserves for help covering Medicaid funding.

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New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly In February—Associated Press

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down slightly even as the decline in global oil prices continues to take a toll on the state's economy.

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Judges Step Aside As Santa Fe Powerbroker Called To Court – Associated Press

A criminal case against an influential former state senator is shining a light on awkwardly close ties among judges and politicians in the New Mexico state capital, even before the defendant can be arraigned.

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Doña Ana County's Treasurer Is Indicted, Facing A Jury TrialThe Associated Press

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been indicted on charges related to public corruption and faces a jury trial to determine if he should be removed from office.

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Regents Approve Tuition Hike For UNM Students – Associated Press

Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 percent tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.

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City Council Approves Transit Funding – The Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council voted to accept nearly $70 million in federal grant funds for a bus rapid transit project Monday night after four hours of noisy debate where opponents substantially outnumbered supporters.

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State Drawing Down Reserves To Fund Government Operations Associated Press

State budget analysts say New Mexico is withdrawing more money from reserves this year than it has in at least two decades.

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New Mexico Health Officials Confirm First Case Of Zika Virus—Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say they have confirmed the state's first case of the Zika virus.

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New Mexico Still Plans Lawsuit Over Mine SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is acknowledging the concerns of officials in New Mexico and elsewhere that spring runoff could stir up contaminants left behind by the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado.

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Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Harboring ConvictThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for one of the women accused of helping two convicts after they escaped from a prison transport van last week.

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New Mexico Governor Who Campaigned For Rubio Now UndecidedThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is not ready to endorse another Republican candidate for president after campaigning for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio only to watch him drop out of the race.

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All New Mexico Prisons On Lockdown After Inmates' Escape - Associated Press

The state's top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico's prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van.

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Records: New Mexico Lawmakers Rarely Use Work EmailAssociated Press

A records request by The Associated Press finds that New Mexico legislative leaders rarely if ever communicate by work email and keep private details of breakfast and dinner appointments with industry and special interest groups.

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NMSU Officials Propose Tuition Increase, Budget Cuts – Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico State University officials are proposing tuition increases and budget cuts to cope with a smaller budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Governor Calls For Balanced Reforms To Save Scholarships - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that would have allowed for unclaimed prize money to be transferred to New Mexico's lottery tuition fund.

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New Mexico’s Snowpack Melting Quickly – Santa Fe New Mexican

Despite a lot of rain and snow early in the winter, the unusually warm temperatures in February means New Mexico has lost about 40 percent of its snowpack.

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Santolina Developers Seek Tax Funding For Infrastructure – Albuquerque Journal

Developers who want to create a massive project on Albuquerque’s west side are seeking to capture future tax revenue from the project to pay for things like streets and sewer systems.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/10 8a: New Mexico's Supreme Court created a new set of rules aimed at clearing a backlog of cases in Bernalillo County's criminal justice system. But there's been pushback from folks who say the new deadlines are tough to meet. 

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Holly Holm Loses Bantamweight Title In Bout – KOB-TV

Albuquerque fighter Holly Holm returned home Sunday night without the UFC title she won last year.

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New Mexico Governor Acts On Remaining BillsAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has until Wednesday to sign, veto or disregard dozens of unsigned bills.

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New Mexico Shields Farmers From Nuisance Complaints – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at protecting farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits by neighbors amid encroachment of urban sprawl.

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Sheriff: Crash Didn't Cause Secretary's DeathThe Associated Press

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department says New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward's death in a single-car accident today was not due to physical trauma and may have been linked to a medical episode.

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Former Provider Sues Over New Mexico Mental Health Shakeup Las Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A former behavioral health provider in southern New Mexico is suing a company that once managed the state's Medicaid dollars.

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House Panel Chairman: Gold King Mine Was Breached On Purpose - The Associated Press

The Republican leader of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine says the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team.

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Feds: Jemez Pueblo Abandoned Claim To Valles Caldera Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a Native American community in northern New Mexico doesn't have any claims to Valles Caldera National Preserve due to a 12-year statute of limitations on tribal land claims.

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Some New Mexicans Petitioning To Secede From Santa Fe CountyAssociated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Some residents of a New Mexico city are petitioning to secede from Santa Fe County to join a bordering county.

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State Officials Investigate APS Board Vice PresidentAlbuquerque Journal

The vice president of the Albuquerque Public Schools board is under investigation for seeking reimbursement for a cleaning bill.

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Santa Fe Archbishop: US Detention Policy WrongAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester says the federal government isn't giving detained immigrants due process and called on U.S. officials to change that.

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Family Of Man Shot Outside Home Sends Feds LetterAssociated Press

The family of a man shot outside his home as deputy U.S. marshals sought to arrest a homicide suspect nearby has sent a letter to federal officials, saying they have been stonewalled while requesting answers in the case.

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