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Photo Of JFK's Visit To Los Alamos Stumps Researcher The Associated Press & The Los Alamos Monitor

Author John Bisney is trying to unravel a mystery as he writes a book about former President John F. Kennedy and his role in America's space program.

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Cash-Strapped New Mexico Takes Back Construction FundsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a budget solvency bill that would shore up the state general fund with money from stalled construction projects.

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Feds To Launch Expanded Review Of Drilling In Chaco RegionBy Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The federal government is planning an expanded review of public lands management in northwestern New Mexico to address concerns about oil and gas development surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

New Mexico Governor Signs Solvency BillsAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would help address a major state budget shortfall by closing tax loopholes and tapping into reserves from a tobacco settlement fund.

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Lawmakers To Look At Expanding Broadband In New MexicoAssociated Press

Some New Mexico lawmakers are turning their focus to expanding broadband access in the state and increasing the speed of existing connections as a means to boosting competitiveness.

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UNM President Says University Committed To ReformAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico president says he's sensitive to the reality that the school didn't handle past sexual assault and harassment cases as well as it should have.

Michael Hess

Construction On Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project BeginsThe Associated Press & KOAT 

Drivers in Albuquerque can expect lane closures and some delays as crews begin heavy construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

KOAT-TV reports that the city has begun work to construct a dedicated bus lane along 9 miles of Central Ave. and work is expected to run into late 2017.

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Final Report Details Destructive New Mexico WildfireAssociated Press

Investigators say a wildfire that destroyed a dozen homes in the Manzano Mountains earlier this year started after a wood-chipping machine struck a rock and sent sparks flying into brush and forest debris.

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Feds Plan To Seal Part Of Nuke Waste RepositoryAssociated Press

A top U.S. Energy Department official in southern New Mexico says the agency plans to close off part of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository due to contamination and stability concerns.

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Albuquerque Mayor Introduces Anti-Crime ProposalsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Albuquerque mayor has put forward an anti-crime agenda that focuses on keeping repeat offenders locked up longer.

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Albuquerque Police Protest Scheduled After MistrialThe Associated Press

Activists have scheduled a protest outside the Albuquerque courthouse where the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial.

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Absentee Voting Begins In New Mexico – The Associated Press

Absentee voting has begun in New Mexico ahead of the November general election.

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1,400-Acre Solar Energy Project Is State's Biggest – The Associated Press & The Carlsbad Current-Argus

A $260 million solar project opening near Roswell will have the capacity to provide enough power for more than 40,000 homes.

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Religious Leaders Criticize GOP For Death Penalty DecisionAssociated Press

Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.

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New Mexico Legislature Sends Budget Fix To GovernorAssociated Press

New Mexico lawmakers sent a package of state agency spending cuts and budget measures to the governor on Thursday and scuttled efforts by Republicans, including Gov. Susana Martinez, to reinstate the death penalty.

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Death Penalty Bill Fails To Clear NM SenateThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned from a special legislative session without considering a measure to reinstate the death penalty and other criminal justice initiatives backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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New Mexico House Nears Vote On Agency CutsThe Associated Press

A budget solvency plan that would slash spending at most New Mexico agencies is under discussion on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Associated Press

New Mexico Governor Gets Bill Cutting 119 Capital ProjectsThe Associated Press 

Governor Susana Martinez is getting a bill that slashes 119 capital projects amid efforts by state lawmakers to close a half-billion dollar shortfall.

The GOP-led House approved Monday a proposal by the Democratic-controlled Senate that moves around $90 million in unspent state funds to New Mexico's general fund.

Associated Press, File photo from Sept. 3, 2016

Gary Johnson Draws 24 Percent Of NM Voters – Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal

A new poll shows former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson drawing support from 24 percent residents in the presidential election.

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PNM Details Effects Of Rate Hike For Electric Customers – The Associated Press

Customers of New Mexico's largest electric provider will soon see their bills increase.

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Special Session Underway In New MexicoThe Associated Press

The New Mexico state Legislature has convened for a special session to resolve a major budget shortfall and consider stiffer criminal sentencing laws.

The session began Friday and set the stage for public debate on taxes and government spending and the emotionally charged issue of capital punishment ahead of November general elections that could shift the balance of power in the New Mexico Legislature. Republicans are defending a House majority, and Democrats control the Senate.

Associated Press

Governor Convenes Legislature To Rewrite BudgetAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is convening a special session of the Legislature to plug a budget shortfall linked a downturn in oil and natural gas markets and also push for a vote on whether to reinstate the death penalty.

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New Mexico Regulators Approve PNM Rate HikeThe Associated Press 

State regulators have approved a rate hike for Public Service Co. of New Mexico's half a million customers, but it's not as much as the electric utility had hoped for.

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FBI: Motor Vehicle Thefts In New Mexico Up Around 36 Percent -
By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The FBI says motor vehicle thefts reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped around 36 percent in 2015 from the year before.

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New Mexico Murders Jumped Nearly 16 Percent Last Year – The Associated Press

The FBI says the number of murders reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped by nearly 16 percent in 2015 from the year before.

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Trump Campaign Taps New Mexico Resident On Hispanic IssuesAssociated Press

The Donald Trump presidential campaign has added a Republican activist from New Mexico to a council of advisers on issues affecting Hispanic communities.

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Funding Aimed At New Mexico's Solar TelescopeThe Associated Press

More than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will help support efforts to transition the operation of New Mexico's solar telescope to a consortium led by New Mexico State University.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the funding Thursday.

The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope specializes in high resolution imaging and spectroscopy used by astronomers for a better understanding of the sun and how space weather affects the planet.

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New Mexico's AG Sends Investigatory Letter To Epipen MakerAssociated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas' office has sent an investigatory letter requesting information from the manufacturer of life-saving EpiPen.

Associated Press / Juan Labreche

Detective Takes Stand In Trial For 2 OfficersThe Associated Press

An Albuquerque police detective who a year ago said a police standoff with a homeless man began to unravel when he held two knives and took a defensive stance has begun testifying in the trial of two officers charged in the man's shooting death.

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Expert Witness Says Police Violated TrainingThe Associated Press 

An expert witness says two Albuquerque officers violated their own training when they fatally shot an armed homeless man during a 2014 standoff.

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