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Plaques To Honor Woman Killed By Albuquerque OfficerThe Associated Press

Ten memorial plaques will be placed at police stations throughout Albuquerque in honor of a woman who was killed five years ago in a crash with an off-duty police sergeant.

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CYFD Internal Review Leads To ReformsAlbuquerque Journal

The case of a 7-year-old girl who was allegedly sex trafficked by relatives has prompted a review that found problems in the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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UNM Regents Approve Nearly $3B Budget For Fiscal Year 2019Albuquerque Journal & Associated Press

University of New Mexico regents have approved a budget for fiscal year 2019 that climbs to $2.96 billion when including the main campus, Health Sciences Center and UNM's four branch campuses.

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New Mexico Increases Funding For State Pre-K ProgramThe Associated Press

New Mexico will pump in an additional $10 million into the state pre-K program for the next school year, bringing the program to 11 school districts for the first time.

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Results Unclear As Federal Money Flows To New Mexico SchoolsThe Associated Press

An analysis of public school funding in New Mexico shows federal financial support is on the rise without necessarily boosting student academic performance.

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New Mexico Authorities Ask For Tech Company's User PracticesThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says it has sent a letter to a data sharing company, asking for information on user practices as prosecutors investigate how technology is used to distribute child pornography.

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New Mexico Reconsiders Funding Textbooks At Private Schools - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is reconsidering its ban on the use of public funds for textbooks in private schools at the request of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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New Mexico Set To Begin Primary Vote For Governor, Congress- Associated Press

Early voting begins Tuesday at county clerk's offices and by mail in New Mexico's hotly contested primary elections for two open congressional seats and the governor's office.

HPV, or human papilloma virus, is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection but little is known about the way it works. As Public Health New Mexico’s Sarah Trujillo reports, local researchers won two grants to study the virus and design new ways to measure and treat infections. 

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Colorado State Makes Changes To Campus Tours – Associated Press

The president of Colorado State University has outlined several steps the school will take after two Native American teenagers were pulled from a campus tour by police.

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Colorado State University Invites Native American Teens Back- Associated Press

Colorado State University is inviting two Native American teenagers pulled from a campus tour by police back to the school, saying it will pick up the tab for them to travel back there for a VIP tour with their family.

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Dem Congress Hopeful Facing Questions Amid Misconduct Case- Associated Press

A congressional candidate and former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico is facing accusations from a former Democratic official that she failed to address a misconduct claim.

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More Cases Of Whooping Cough Now Reported In McKinley CountyThe Associated Press

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are reporting more cases of whooping cough in an ongoing community-wide outbreak in McKinley County.

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Dryness Prompts New Mexico Forests To Impose Restrictions – Associated Press

The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico will soon be implementing fire restrictions due to increasingly dry conditions.

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New Mexico Firm Hopes To Offer Wi-Fi For Space Travelers – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A small New Mexico-based firm is hoping to join NASA in offering Wi-Fi in space.

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Central American Asylum Seekers Get Legal Aid Near US Border – Associated Press

About 20 volunteer lawyers have given talks about the U.S. asylum process to members of a "caravan" of asylum seeking Central Americans at the Tijuana-San Diego border that President Donald Trump has harshly criticized.

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Gov. Martinez Visits National Guard Troops At BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited National Guard troops deployed to the U.S-Mexico border, praising their work with the Border Patrol as bolstering security for the state.

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Santa Fe School District Reconsiders Security ApproachThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Santa Fe school district is backing away from a plan to place police officers on campuses among its efforts to improve school safety.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Governor's Vetoes - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court sided with lawmakers today in a dispute over the extent of the governor's veto powers, ordering that 10 bills vetoed by Republican Susana Martinez in 2017 go into effect because she offered no immediate explanation to the Legislature.

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New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention PlanThe Associated Press

New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

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New Mexico Mayor Who Urged Saving Water Using A LotThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water than most of his neighbors.

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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million For Veterans Facility – Associated Press

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.

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Official Apologizes For Prescribed Burn That Start WildfireThe Associated Press & The Gallup Independent

A Cibola National Forest official has apologized for approving a prescribed burn that started a wildfire that has burned 14.5 square miles (37.56 sq. kilometers) on a northwestern New Mexico mountain.

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New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Legalizing PotThe Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca is calling for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use.

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Feud Erupts Between Utility, US States Over Colorado River – The Associated Press

Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused an Arizona utility of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening the river's future.

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Tequila Bat Gets Off Endangered Species ListThe Associated Press

Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the federal endangered species list.

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Hispanic Catholics Protest Priest For Ending Spanish MassThe Associated Press and KOB

Some Hispanic Catholics in a New Mexico town want a priest removed after he ended Spanish Mass and allegedly told one parishioner he needed to pray for what he did in the Vietnam War.

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3 Finalists Named For Top Post At UNM Hospitals – Associated Press

A series of town halls are planned over the coming weeks as one of the state's largest hospital systems seeks a new chief executive officer.

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University of New Mexico undergraduate tuition has gone up over 50 percent in the last decade. The UNM Board of Regents gave the green light to raise tuition again in March. New research suggests increasing tuition could reduce student diversity. Greg Wolniak co-authored the research and spoke with Public Health New Mexico’s Sarah Trujillo.  

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Air Force Looking To Expand Airspace In New Mexico – The Associated Press & The Roswell Daily Record

U.S. Air Force officials continue trying to ease concerns over an idea to expand military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico.

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