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Santa Fe Councilors Compete With Mayor's Soda Tax Plan- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A political battle is brewing between Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and two city councilors over the mayor's proposal to tax sugary drinks to fund early childhood education programs.

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New Mexico Consolidates Personnel FunctionsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order Friday designed to save money by shifting human resources functions to a single executive agency.

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Latest Wilderness Plans Draw Fire From New Mexico Ranchers – The Associated Press 

New Mexico's two senators have introduced legislation they say has been years in the making to set aside tens of thousands of acres as wilderness on opposite ends of the state in areas recently designated as national monuments.

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New Mexico Judge Rules Against Underfunded Public Defenders—Associated Press

A state district court judge in southeastern New Mexico has rejected arguments by public defense attorneys that they are too overloaded with work to provide adequate representation to poor defendants facing jail time.

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Navajo Nation High Court Rejects Request From Former SpeakerAssociated Press

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by a formal tribal council speaker to reinstate a plea deal he made in a case involving misuse of a financial assistance program for tribal members facing financial hardship.

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Pronghorns Relocated From Northern New Mexico Private RanchAssociated Press

Approximately 100 pronghorns captured on a northern New Mexico private ranch have been relocated to Santa Ana Pueblo near Albuquerque and to federal land in south-central New Mexico.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Renew Push To Cap Payday Interest RatesThe Associated Press

Legislators are taking aim at the payday and title loan industry in New Mexico once again, seeking to limit exorbitant interest rates often charged by lenders.

KUNM Special 8/3 8a: KUNM has been investigating the impacts of heroin addiction on children and families in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The region's had one of the country’s highest overdose rates for decades. Ed Williams' reporting follows the lives of families and community health leaders, providing an intimate view of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

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Air Force Training Accident In New Mexico Kills Contractor The Associated Press

The Air Force says that the person injured in a training accident on a southern New Mexico military range was assigned to the 7th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Stick With Concealed Gun RegulationsAssociated Press

A proposal that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun in New Mexico without a special license has stalled in its first legislative hearing.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Emergency Court FundingThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has approved emergency funding to cover the cost of juries, court interpreters and clerk's offices for several months in response to a funding crisis in the Judiciary.

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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.

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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.

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