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Judge Hears Lawsuits Against Rapid Transit – KOB-TV, Albuquerque Journal

At a 10-hour hearing on Wednesday a federal judge heard arguments for and against a controversial transit plan to run electric buses down the middle of Central Avenue in Albuquerque.

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New Mexico Reaches Settlement In Bill Richardson-Era Deal Associated Press

New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

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Martinez: Democrats' Emails 'Attempt To Stereotype' Latinos – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says leaked internal Democratic National Committee emails showed an "attempt to stereotype" Latino voters.

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Man Fatally Shot By Gallup Police; Investigation Underway­—Associated Press

State authorities are investigating after Gallup police shot and killed a man who they say had been armed with knives.

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Feeling Unified, New Mexico Delegates Head HomeAssociated Press

New Mexico's Republican delegates are heading home from Cleveland with a sense that their party is united behind Donald Trump.

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New Mexico Governor Disputes Claim Trump Reached Out On VPAssociated Press

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is disputing a claim that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried to contact her to be vetted for vice president.

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New Mexico Treasurer Shares Budget ConcernsThe Associated Press

New Mexico State Treasure Tim Eichenberg says data through the end of May show that revenue collections aren't keeping up with projections.

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Taos Jail Inmate Apparently Kills Himself With A Bedsheet — Associated Press

Authorities say an inmate at the Taos jail is dead and he apparently killed himself with a bedsheet.

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Albuquerque Police Department Goes To Buddy System – Albuquerque Journal

For the second time this month following shootings of police officers, the Albuquerque Police Department told officers to respond to calls in pairs.

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The Latest On A Southern New Mexico WildfireAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency in response to a wildfire in Otero County. Friday afternoon's declaration will enable the county to order and pay for additional resources needed to fight the wildfire in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Management Measure Passes US House – Associated Press

Two Western Republican congressmen have succeeded in getting legislation through the U.S. House that would shift management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf from the federal government to states.

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Otero County Fire Prompts Evacuation Of TownKOB-TV, KRQE-TV

A fast moving fire in Timberon southeast of Alamogordo has grown to 200 acres and destroyed two fire trucks and at least 10 structures, including homes.

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NMSU To Announce Details Of Budget, Job Cuts Associated Press

New Mexico State University president Garrey Carruthers says he will unveil details about the school's budget problems, which will include jobs cuts.

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Oil Rig Fire Burning In San Juan CountyKOB-TV, KOAT-TV

A massive oil fire near Nageezi in northwestern New Mexico has prompted some evacuations and a road closure.

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UNM Launching $180 Million In Construction ProjectsAlbuquerque Journal

A new astronomy and physics building is among a number of construction and renovation projects totaling $180 million planned for the University of New Mexico.

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Deaths Of 3 Mexican Gray Wolves Under InvestigationAssociated Press  

Three Mexican gray wolves have been found dead in Arizona and New Mexico and wildlife managers say they're investigating.

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Albuquerque Launches Plan To Tackle Rape Kit BacklogAssociated Press

Albuquerque police have launched a new effort to address the city's backlog of untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes.

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Albuquerque Crime Spiked In 2015Associated Press

Albuquerque saw spikes in violent crimes as well as property crimes in 2015, defying national trends in cities of similar size.

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New Mexico Shuffles Management Of Food BenefitsThe Associated Press

The director of an office overseeing supplementary food and financial assistance within the New Mexico Human Services Department has been reassigned amid state and federal inquiries into that office's handling of benefit applications.

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Prosecutors, Defense Clash At Fraud Hearings - The Associated Press

The New Mexico attorney general's office says it will present evidence that former Sen. Phil Griego used his influence over the legislative process as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state owned building as a real estate broker.

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Fed Contractors To Start Cleanup From 'Manhattan Project' Los Alamos Monitor, Associated Press

U.S. Department of Energy contractors are scheduled to start removing toxic contaminated soil in northern New Mexico left over from the Manhattan Project and early atomic Cold War research.

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Albuquerque Police Failed In Use-Of-Force ReviewsAssociated Press

A federal court monitor's report says the Albuquerque Police Department has struggled to adequately review use-of-force cases, while the SWAT units are doing a better job of de-escalating standoffs and other high-stress situations.

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New Mexico High Court: Doctors Can't Help Patients End LivesAssociated Press

New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors.

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New Mexico Budget Crunch Ripples Through Hospitals, Museums Associated Press

New Mexico state government is looking for new ways to conserve spending as it crosses the threshold into a new budget year, with the most pronounced changes set to ripple through Medicaid health care services for the poor and disabled.

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Most everyone knows someone who has died of cancer. It’s the number two killer in the United States. A White House initiative tried to jump start efforts to cure cancer with virtual summits at 270 sites across the country, including New Mexico.

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Former Colorado School Official Hired By APS Acquitted Of Sex AssaultAssociated Press

A Denver jury on Tuesday acquitted a former Colorado school official who was later hired by Albuquerque Public Schools of four counts of sexual assault of a child.

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Federal Lawsuit Targets Cougar Trapping In New Mexico – Associated Press

Environmentalists are suing the New Mexico Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars.

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Officials Warn Medicaid Cutbacks Could Violate Federal Law – Albuquerque Journal

Officials with the University of New Mexico Hospital are warning state officials that cutbacks on Medicaid payments could violate federal law.

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New Mexico AG Reviewing Fetal Tissue Transfers To UNMAssociated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is reviewing whether a clinic's transfer of aborted fetuses to the University of New Mexico violated state law.

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New Mexico's Handling Of Food Aid Spurs Calls For Probe – Associated Press

The U.S. congressional delegation for New Mexico is recommending a federal investigation into the handling of emergency food assistance benefits by a state agency.

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