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Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb Test - The Associated Press

A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.

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State Sees Spike In Overdose Deaths – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Health officials are attributing a spike in overdose deaths to a rise in prescription opiate abuse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports health officials saw two years of improving numbers before this year's 20 percent jump in drug-related deaths from 2013.

New Mexico's overdose deaths reached 26.4 per 100,000 people, among the worst in the country.

Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen says the new data shows the state is right back where it was two years ago.

He said prescription opiates like oxycodone have become more available in the last decade and are responsible for just over half of the overdose deaths statewide.

Santa Fe County's Health and Human Services Division director Rachel O'Connor says the public needs more education on the dangers of prescription drugs.

Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb TestThe Associated Press

A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said Thursday that the federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated July 16, 1945.

Udall made his remarks on the Senate floor on the 70th anniversary of the test that took place as part of the Manhattan Project, the secretive World War II program that provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb.

Tularosa residents say many of those living in the area weren't told about the dangers and suffered rare forms of cancer. They say they want acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.

Zuni Pueblo Awarded $3.1M Federal Grant For Airport Project – The Associated Press

A northwestern New Mexico pueblo and more than a dozen communities across the state are getting federal funding for airport rehabilitation and development projects.

The total of $6.1 million of Federal Aviation Administration grants announced Thursday by Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich include $3.1 million awarded to the Zuni Pueblo for construction of a new airport and related work.

The senators said the grants will help boost local economies by increasing travel access, support economic development and encourage business expansion.

Communities receiving grants include Truth or Consequences, Moriarty, Carrizozo, Hobbs, Las Cruces and Lordsburg.

Grants also were awarded to Ruidoso, Carlsbad, Spring, Vaughn, Hatch, Farmington, Espanola and Silver City.

New Mexico Supreme Court To Review 'Copper Rule' The Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court's upholding of regulations that govern groundwater pollution by copper mines.

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UNM, Sandia National Laboratories To Promote ResearchThe Associated Press

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have signed a pact to promote research and recruiting.

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Los Alamos Lab Finds Record Number Of Spotted Owl Chicks - The Associated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials say biologists have located a record number of federally protected Mexican spotted owl chicks on the lab's property in northern New Mexico.

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Albuquerque To Pay $5M To Settle Lawsuit In Police ShootingThe Associated Press

The city will pay $5 million to the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police officers last year.

The settlement was announced Friday by an attorney representing the family of James Boyd.

James Boyd was killed during a March 2014 standoff near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping.

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Court Rules In Favor Of Worker In Medical Marijuana CaseThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an injured worker in a medical marijuana case.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the recent decision marks the third time in a year the court has sided with a medical marijuana patient in a workers' compensation claim.

According to the ruling issued in late June, a patient in the medical marijuana program who is injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment.

Appellate Judge James Wechsler wrote that a workers' compensation judge was correct in ruling that American General Media, which owns several radio stations in New Mexico, had to reimburse Sandra Lewis of Albuquerque.

The company had argued that the state's medical marijuana law created a conflict with federal law.

Head Start Program In Las Vegas To Get Federal Boost The Associated Press

A northern New Mexico school district has been awarded a federal grant of more than $8 million to expand Head Start programs.

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New Mexico Lake Sets Visitor Record During Holiday Weekend - The Associated Press

The Fourth of July weekend is always big at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, but this year topped them all.

State officials announced Tuesday that a total of 125,325 people visited during the holiday weekend to set an all-time visitation record. It's also a significant increase from last year's 98,000 visitors and the 47,000 who showed up in 2013.

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Record Rainfall Reported In Parts Of New Mexico – The Associated Press

The latest storm to hit central New Mexico was one for the record books.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the rain gauge at the city's airport received 2.24 inches Monday, setting a record for 24-hour rainfall.

Some rainfall reports came in over 2 inches and more than five dozen sites in the area reported over an inch.

Meteorologist Brian Guyer says that over the last five days just about everyone in central and eastern New Mexico reported between an inch and 3 inches of rain with higher amounts up to 5 inches in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

With the rain have come flash flood warnings. Some damage has been reported in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, McKinley and Torrance counties.

Albuquerque Police To Update Ammunition Policies - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Police Department says it's making changes to better track its ammunition.

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Teens Accused Of Homeless Killings Could Be Tried As AdultsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The state's high court could decide whether teens charged alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios with beating two homeless men to death will be tried as adults.

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Officials Making Plan To Reduce San Juan River Pollution - The Daily Times, The Associated Press

Officials are working on a plan to eliminate pollution in San Juan County rivers after a study found they contain significant levels of bacteria indicating the presence of human feces.

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Pumping, Treating Of Kirtland's Jet Fuel Plume BeginsThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use.

She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean up the plume.

First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

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New Mexico Aims To Make Clearinghouse For Farmers Markets - The Associated Press

New Mexico agriculture officials are asking for help in creating a clearinghouse for the price of goods found at farmers' markets.

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DWI Conviction Rate Decreases In Bernalillo County - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A state report says convictions for drunken driving cases in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court have been falling sharply, with fewer than half of 2014 cases ending in a conviction.

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Udall, Interior Deputy Secretary To Tour Chaco Canyon Area - The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor are visiting northwestern New Mexico.

The two are planning to tour the Chaco Canyon area  today meeting with residents and local officials with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Lawyer Wants DOJ Review Of San Juan County JailThe Daily Times, Associated Press

An attorney representing families of inmates who died while at a New Mexico county jail wants a federal investigation.

Christian Hatfield told The Daily Times in Farmington on Wednesday that his law firm is requesting the U.S. Department of Justice review medical services at San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

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Report: New Mexico Needs To Curb Medicaid CostsAssociated Press

Legislative analysts are warning that the price tag for providing health care to low-income New Mexicans will top more than $1 billion in state general funds by 2020 and steps need to be taken to curb costs.

Analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee released their findings Wednesday during a meeting in Albuquerque.

After a lengthy review of costs related to the state's Centennial Care Medicaid program, it's unclear whether participants are receiving more or less care.

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More Nonprofits Sue Over Medicaid Funding Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Three more nonprofits forced out of the behavioral health business when their Medicaid funding was cut off have sued the Human Services Department and the state.

The Albuquerque Journal reports The Counseling Center, Easter Seals El Mirador, and Border Area Mental Health Services filed lawsuits last week, bringing the total number of lawsuits alleging the state violated providers' rights to 10.

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Ex-New Jersey Police Officials Part Of Albuquerque MonitorThe Associated Press

Former New Jersey and Pittsburgh police officials are part of a court-appointed independent monitor team overseeing Albuquerque police reform.

Independent monitor James Ginger introduced the team today, which also includes a community activist from Washington, D.C.

In January, federal officials and the city selected Ginger to lead a team to monitor a settlement agreement to overhaul APD.

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New Mexico Officials Eye Illegal Sale Of Historic Documents – The Associated Press

The New Mexico Commission of Public Records is worried some of the state's archival material dating back to Spanish rule may end up for sale online.

The state agency responsible for archiving New Mexico's past recently issued a warning that the sale of state public records is illegal and comes after officials have notice some documents being sold online.

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Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit - The Associated Press

A state district judge has denied a motion by the New Mexico Public Education Department to dismiss a lawsuit over the agency's contested teacher evaluation system.

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit earlier this year, saying the evaluation system was punitive and based on flawed methodology.

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Signs Capital Spending Bill – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a capital spending bill that includes around $45 million for needed highway infrastructure projects.

The Republican governor signed Wednesday the $294 million measure at St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces and said it would be seen as a "job-creation bill."

She vetoed around $1.1 million in projects — many she said weren't fully funded.

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Massive, Debated New Mexico Development Clears Major Hurdle -

By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

UPDATE 6:45p - A planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people has cleared a major hurdle.

The commission in the state's most populous county voted 3-2 to approve Tuesday a master plan for a nearly 22-square-mile development known as Santolina. The development would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

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Santa Fe Deputies To Receive Naloxone TrainingSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

By the end of this week, all 80 Santa Fe County deputies will be trained in how to use naloxone and will carry the overdose remedy in their patrol cars.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that it is the first law enforcement agency in New Mexico to train officers to administer naloxone, a powerful drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Asked To Review 'Copper Rule' – The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general and environmentalists want the state's highest court to review an appellate court's upholding of regulations that govern groundwater pollution by copper mines.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that Attorney General Hector Balderas and several watchdog groups are asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a previous ruling maintaining the "copper rule."

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Wells Fargo Settles Lawsuit With New Mexico Employee Group - The Associated Press

A group representing retired public employees in New Mexico has announced that Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a dispute over loses with Wachovia Bank.

The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico said Thursday that the San Francisco-based Wells Fargo agreed to the payment to settle disputed claims with losses in the group's securities lending portfolio.

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Spring Rains Could Cause Later Fire SeasonThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Forecasters say more wet weather is making its way to New Mexico, which could result in a second fire season from August to October.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports fire management officer for the Santa Fe and Carson national forests, Bill King, says grass growth and wet snows from the rainy spring can dry out quickly.

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Feds Say Southwest, Northwest Could See Catastrophic Fires - The Associated Press

Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration is warning of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussed wildfire threats and fire outlook Tuesday in Denver.

Jewell says drought and climate change are increasing wildfire danger.

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Gov. Martinez Begins Review Of Capital Spending BillThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is beginning her review of a $295 million capital spending bill passed by lawmakers in special session.

Martinez said Monday she would take her time to examine the projects in the measure and may veto some if she feels the community doesn't want or need them.

She said any line-item veto won't be based on a lawmaker's vote but on if she deemed the project worthy.

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The Latest: New Mexico Legislature OKs Bills, Adjourns - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she was pleased that state lawmakers came together for a special session and passed measures on capital funding and tax incentives.

But the Republican stopped short Monday of saying she wouldn't veto specific line items for projects.

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Calls Special Session - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has called a special session on a $295 million public works package and other proposals that died on the Legislature's last day.

Martinez sent out a proclamation late Friday that calls for lawmakers to report to Santa Fe on Monday at noon in an attempt to pass a capital outlay bill.

Also expected to be discussed are tax breaks and short-term funding to address shortfalls in the state court system and the Health Department.

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