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State Faces Huge Backlog Of Untested Rape KitsAlbuquerque Journal

There are more than 5,300 untested rape kits in police department evidence rooms across the state, some dating back to the 1980s.

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Link Between Navajo Suicides, Mine Spill Not Clear-Cut Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

The top two leaders on the Navajo Nation say recent suicides in communities affected by a mine spill have shaken reservation towns to their core.

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Colorado Disputes Key Part Of EPA Mine Report - By Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Colorado officials are disputing a key claim by federal agencies about a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine.


APD Reform Advocates Denounce Vote To Reinstate Officer Associated Press

An Albuquerque personnel board's vote to reinstate an officer who was fired for violating orders to use his lapel camera has drawn criticism from local supporters of police reform.

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ACLU Urges 'Smart Justice' On New Mexico Public Safety Bills Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is urging state lawmakers to think through various public safety proposals and consider their possible effects on civil rights.

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Rural Marijuana Patients File Lawsuit Calling System Biased Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Medical marijuana patients in rural New Mexico have filed a lawsuit claiming the state's system is biased toward patients who live in big cities.

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ICE Yet To Brief Jail Administrators On New Program –The Associated Press

County jail administrators say they've gotten no direction on a now 4-month-old Homeland Security plan targeting people suspected of immigration violations.

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Albuquerque Police Monitor Provides Update On Reform Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

A team of independent monitors tasked with tracking reform within the Albuquerque Police Department says some changes to use-of-force policies are underway six months into a court-ordered overhaul of the beleaguered police department.

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City, DOJ Meet With Monitor Of Albuquerque Police Reforms – The Associated Press

A city councilwoman will host a meeting with the independent monitor of court-mandated reforms within the Albuquerque Police Department on Tuesday evening.

The meeting comes after the U.S. Justice Department announced early this year that Dr. James Ginger would oversee a settlement agreement with Albuquerque police to address officer training and use-of-force procedures.

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Bill Requires Navajo Chief Justice To Have Law Degree –The Associated Press

The head of the Navajo Nation's judicial branch now is required to have a law degree.

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GOP Lawmaker Eyes Utah Driver's License Model For New Mexico - Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A key New Mexico Republican lawmaker says he will propose a bill next session modeled after Utah's immigrant driver's license law.


Spending For New Mexico Film Industry Hits New High – The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says it's been a record-breaking year for New Mexico's film industry.

Martinez announced Friday that the motion picture industry brought nearly $290 million into the economy last year, the largest amount in history.




Irrigation Season Ends Along New Mexico's Middle Rio Grande - The Associated Press

The irrigation season is coming to a close along the middle Rio Grande in central New Mexico.

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Feds: 3 Arrested For Selling Fake American Indian Jewelry 
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Federal authorities have announced three New Mexico residents have been indicted in a scam to sell Filipino-made jewelry as American Indian made.

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Albuquerque Police Officer Dan Webster Dies After ShootingKRQE-TV, KOAT-TV

City of Albuquerque officials have confirmed that Albuquerque Police Department Officer Dan Webster passed away overnight.

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Report: Millions For Public Works Projects Go Unspent - The Associated Press

Legislative analysts say more than $1 billion in capital outlay funds remain unspent for projects that have been approved over the last several years, fueling concerns about the way New Mexico finances public works projects.

The analysts presented their report to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.


Albuquerque Police Dismiss Officer Charged In ShootingThe Associated Press

An officer charged in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year has been fired from the Albuquerque police force.

Officer Dominique Perez's dismissal was largely expected under a city policy that indicates the department can take disciplinary action upon indictment of an officer or a formal criminal charge.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Hears Assisted Suicide Case - The Associated Press

A woman who helped spark a legal challenge to New Mexico's ban on physician-assisted suicide says her cancer is in remission.  

Aja Riggs told reporters today after the New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments in the landmark case that she still wants the option to end her life because the cancer could return.


New Mexico AG Pleased Duran Has Resigned - Associated Press



The latest developments on the resignation of New Mexico's secretary of state on October 23, 2015:


Secretary of State Pleads Guilty – Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's pleased former Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement and resigned.

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Police Arrest Suspect In Road Rage Death Of Young Girl – KOB-TV

Albuquerque Police announced they arrested a man in the shooting death of a girl during a road rage incident.

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New Mexico Releases Monitoring Plan For Colorado Mine SpillAssociated Press

A proposal for monitoring the potential long-term effects of a mine spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states calls for extensive sampling of river water, soil and drinking water wells in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Mexico To Release Monitoring Plan For Mine Spill Associated Press

New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine.

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Embattled NM Official Proposes New Campaign Finance Rules Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A New Mexico official facing criminal charges for misusing campaign contributions is proposing new campaign finance rules.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide TestsThe Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school students failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

And a vast majority of students fell short when it came to proficiency in math.

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Feds Move Forward With Wolf Releases – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will release 10 Mexican gray wolves into southwestern New Mexico, overruling a decision by state officials.

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Scholars Urge More Research On Future Of Colorado River – Associated Press

A coalition of scholars from across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River. 

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Albuquerque Voter Turnout Hits A Low Point – The Associated Press

A recent Albuquerque election saw the lowest voter turnout for a city election since 1974.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that only 8.2 percent of registered voters participated in last week's election. City records say that's the lowest percentage since the city's modern form of government started.

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Groups Urge Feds To Release More Mexican Wolves – The Associated Press

More than three dozen environmental groups are asking the federal government to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico to bolster the genetics of the endangered predators.

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Albuquerque Voters Decide On Proposal For Police Chief HiresAssociated Press

Albuquerque voters have approved an amendment to the city charter that requires the mayor to submit future picks for police and fire chief to the City Council for approval.