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New Mexico To Eliminate 4 Sports To Curb SpendingAssociated Press

Top officials at New Mexico's flagship university are recommending that the men's soccer team and the skiing and beach volleyball programs be eliminated to help the troubled athletics department get its finances under control.

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New Mexico AG Seeks To Void Hispanic Land Grant Transfer- Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he is seeking to void a 2003 land transfer from an historic Hispanic land grant on grounds it was illegal.

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New Mexico Prisons Expected To Fill Up As Population Grows- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A forecast prepared by the state sentencing commission shows New Mexico's prison system will have more inmates in the next few years than it currently has cells to hold them.

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Lawmakers Hold Hearing On ICE Detention In New Mexico- Associated Press

State lawmakers have heard testimony about conditions inside federal facilities that house migrants in New Mexico, where the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has entered into agreements with counties and private companies to operate two detention centers.

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New Mexico Ex-Tax Secretary Delays Plea In Corruption Case

The former head of New Mexico's Taxation and Revenue Department has been arraigned in court on embezzlement and corruption charges related to her time in office without entering a plea.

Demesia Padilla appeared in court Friday to face felony counts of embezzlement, computer access with intent to defraud and engaging in an official act for personal gain, along with five misdemeanor charges linked to ethics violations.

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Attorney Accuses New Mexico Sheriff Of RetaliationAssociated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's office says it will review a request for an investigation into Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, who's accused of retaliating against a deputy after he testified in a wrongful death lawsuit against the department.

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Cibola Lifts Fire Restrictions As Wildfire Danger Decreases- Associated Press

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands is lifting fire restrictions because widespread precipitation from the monsoons has substantially reduced the fire danger.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Take Stock Of Pension LiabilitiesAssociated Press

Members of a legislative committee are taking stock of mounting liabilities at New Mexico's two major public pension funds in the wake of a downgrade of the state's credit rating.

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New Mexico Gets New Payment Plan For Rail Runner System- Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

New Mexico has struck a deal to keep its commuter rail system on the right fiscal track.

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New Mexico Candidate For Governor Pledges Not To Raise Taxes- Associated Press

The Republican candidate for governor has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increases if elected, even as the state struggles to shore up its credit rating and address public pension liabilities.

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Newest Bones On West Mesa Not Connected To Unsolved Serial Killing– Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque authorities say bones discovered earlier this week in an area where 11 women were found buried nearly a decade ago aren't connected to an unsolved serial killing but rather are part of an archaeological site that dates back centuries.

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OMI Determines Remains Found On Albuquerque's West Mesa ­Are Ancient 

Human remains found this week on Albuquerque’s West Mesa are ancient and not connected to a series of murders over a decade ago, according to the Office of the Medical Investigator.

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New Mexico Tech Firm Crowdfunding For Wi-Fi Space ProjectSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A Santa Fe-based tech firm that wants to bring commercial Wi-Fi to space is offering a stake in the company.

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New Mexico Officials Say 'Leave The Fireworks To Professionals'Associated Press

New Mexico officials are asking residents to leave the fireworks to the professionals as the state struggles with drought and wildfires.

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Possible Human Remains Found Near West Mesa Burial Site- Associated Press

A construction crew in Albuquerque has found possible human remains near a West Mesa burial site.

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Nuclear Security Agency Begins Work On New Mexico Complex- Associated Press

The head of the U.S. agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons cache and key deterrence initiatives around the globe describes working conditions at one of its largest hubs as untenable, saying Monday that the National Nuclear Security Administration finally has funding to address the problems.

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DA Clears Man Of Murder Charge In Girl's Death – Associated Press

Prosecutors have dismissed murder and sexual assault charges against a man arrested two years ago in the death of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl whose dismembered remains were found in her family's apartment.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez says there is no physical evidence that Fabian Gonzales raped Victoria Martens. Instead, a lab analysis found another unidentified male's DNA on her body.

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Corruption Charges Filed Against Ex-New Mexico Tax SecretaryAssociated Press

The former head of New Mexico's Taxation and Revenue Department has been charged with embezzlement and multiple corruption and ethics violations in her role as Cabinet secretary.

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New Mexico Residents Testify On Atomic Bomb FalloutAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test and people sickened by uranium mining testified at a Congressional committee Wednesday.

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Report Finds New Mexico Falls To Last Place In Child Well-BeingAssociated Press

An annual report shows New Mexico falling to last place in child well-being as the number of children in the state living in poverty and without health insurance increased.

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Summer Rains Could Be Later But Heavier In Southwest US- Associated Press

Forecasters say the summer rains that fall on the Southwestern United States each year are on track to be slightly later but a little heavier than usual.

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Border Patrol: Heroin Seized At New Mexico Checkpoint– Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than $1 million in heroin at an immigration checkpoint in New Mexico.

The agency says authorities conducting an inspection at the checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 70 found the drugs Thursday in a black Honda that was being transported across the border on a tractor-trailer with other cars.

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Immigration Debate Stirs Campaign For New Mexico Governor – Associated Press

The campaign for New Mexico governor is playing out on Capitol Hill, where competing candidates are engaged in the national immigration debate as members of Congress.

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New Mexico Jail To Scan Inmates' Eyes To Verify Identity- Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

A New Mexico detention center is looking to use iris scanning technology to verify the identities of inmates coming in and out of the jail after it mistakenly released an inmate who was posing as his cellmate.

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New Mexico Senators Plan Visit To Border Detention FacilityAssociated Press

New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms For Next GovernorThe Associated Press

New Mexico state lawmakers say they are setting a course for criminal justice reforms in anticipation of a new administration in 2019.

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Panel Cites More Safety Issues At New Mexico Nuclear LabThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

An independent panel that monitors federal nuclear installations around the United States has documented more safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Challenge Navajo Water CompactAssociated Press

Republican New Mexico lawmakers say the state Legislature never signed off on an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation.

Ten lawmakers from districts stretching from the northwest of the state to Albuquerque on Friday asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to suspend the water settlement until the Legislature can enact, reject or modify the pact. 

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New Mexico National Forest Says No To Geothermal DrillingThe Associated Press

Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

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GOP Candidate Would Replace Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press

New Mexico's Republican candidate for governor is calling for an immediate suspension of the state's embattled teacher evaluation system that he describes as badly broken.

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