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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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New Mexico Firmly Backs Hillary Clinton As Electors VoteAssociated Press

All five of New Mexico's electors have cast their votes for Hillary Clinton while expressing disappointment about the outcome of the presidential election.

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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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New Mexico Congresswoman Announces Bid For Governor – Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is running for governor of New Mexico in 2018.

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AG Wants Procedure For Police Use-Of-Force CasesThe Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of district attorneys plan to develop a procedure for handling the prosecution of police officers who are involved in shootings.

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Vote Recounts Uphold Original Results In New MexicoAssociated Press

Recounts in three New Mexico legislative races have been completed without overturning the original results.

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New Mexico Looks To Public Schools To Fix Budget DeficitsAssociated Press

The chairman of an influential legislative budget committee says state funding for public education in New Mexico is almost certain to be reduced further to offset plunging state revenues.

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Suit Alleges Massive Real Estate Contract, Mortgage Scheme – The Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is accusing an Albuquerque-area businessman of engaging in a massive real estate contract and mortgage scheme.

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Frank Threatens Lawsuit As UNM Regents Meet To Discuss His Future – Albuquerque Journal, KRQE-TV, Associated Press

University of New Mexico President Bob Frank is threatening to sue over what his attorneys say was an unlawful disclosure of records regarding his job.

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Albuquerque To Add Anti-Overdose Drug To City First-Aid KitsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

First-aid kits in Albuquerque's libraries, community centers and other public buildings will now contain the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

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UNM Regents To Consider President’s Future – Albuquerque Journal

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents will hold a special meeting this week to discuss suspending or firing President Bob Frank.

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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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