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New Mexico Mom Sentenced In Son's Brutal Death - The Associated Press

An Albuquerque mother who pleaded guilty in one of the state's most high-profile child abuse deaths has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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Special Audit To Probe Backlog Of Rape Evidence Kits Associated Press

New Mexico's state auditor is looking into practices and procedures that led to a backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.

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Suspect In Killing Called Religiously Active – The Associated Press

A woman who knew an 11-year-old Navajo girl and the man accused of kidnapping and killing the child says the suspect was active in cultural and religious life on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

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The Latest: Navajo Authorities Say Abducted Girl Found Dead – The Associated Press

Federal authorities are trying to find the man suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl after abducting her and her younger brother from the Navajo Nation.

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New Mexico Launching New Anti-Child Abuse Campaign, Website - Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The state agency tasked with protecting New Mexico children is launching a new campaign aimed at getting more parents involved in fighting child abuse.

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DEA Sets Up 103 Sites In New Mexico For Disposing Pills— Associated Press

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to set up 103 sites across the state where people can dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription drugs on Saturday.

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New Mexico Sues Texas Oil Company For Lease PaymentsAssociated Press

The New Mexico State Land Office is suing a Texas-based oil company for years of overdue fees and recent environmental cleanup costs at a waste-water injection well used by various oil producers.

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Wildlife Agency Agrees To Deadline For Wolf Recovery PlanAssociated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a deadline to craft a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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NM Supreme Court To Hear Workers Comp Case – Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Supreme Court will begin hearing a case today on whether farm and ranch workers should be covered by workers compensation benefits.

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New Mexico Judge Extends Pay-To-Play InquiryAssociated Press

A judge is extending an inquiry into conflict-of-interest allegations against a contract law firm that is helping New Mexico settle claims in a pay-to-play scandal during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richards.

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New Mexico Governor Rebukes Trump On Border-Fence Plan – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

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Judge Slams Police Over Wiped Cellphone In Casaus CaseAlbuquerque Journal

A federal judge criticized the city of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department for not retaining a cellphone used by a former officer, who ran a red light in his police SUV and killed a woman.

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Man’s Death In Police Custody Ruled A Homicide – Albuquerque Journal

The Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of a man held by Bernalillo Police a homicide.

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Storms Raised Some Pollutants From Mine Spill, Not Others – The Associated Press

Researchers who studied a river in Colorado after a massive mine spill say runoff from fall storms kicked up the levels of some contaminants in the water but not others.

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Panel Proposes Cuts In Medicaid Reimbursement RatesAlbuquerque Journal

A panel is recommending cutting Medicaid reimbursement rates for medical providers as the state grapples with a budget crunch, raising fears about staffing and levels of care.

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Senators Call For Action To Increase Security Along BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico's U.S. senators are calling for more personnel and equipment to help the Border Patrol secure the U.S.-Mexico border along the state's southwestern corner.

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Ex-Senator Clings To Campaign Funds Amid ScandalAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

Courtesy San Juan's Citizen Alliance

9th Judge Recuses Self From Case Vs Ex-New Mexico Lawmaker Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Another judge has recused himself from the public corruption case against former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego.

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20 New Mexico Water Systems Exceed Federal Lead Standard Associated Press

A system that provides drinking water for a Santa Fe hospital is among those in New Mexico where testing has turned up elevated levels of lead.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New MexicoAssociated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New Mexico Associated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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EPA Proposes Adding Colorado Mines To Superfund List Associated Press

Nearly 50 mining sites in southwestern Colorado, including one that spilled a torrent of wastewater into New Mexico and Utah last summer, are a bit closer to getting funding for a comprehensive cleanup.

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Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before DeportationsThe Associated Press

A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

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Attorney General Clears Last 2 Mental Health Providers Of FraudAssociated Press

The last two of 15 mental health nonprofit providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico's top prosecutor.

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University Of New Mexico Denies Buying, Selling Fetal TissueKOB-TV, Associated Press

The University of New Mexico is denying a claim by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez that it bought or sold fetal tissue.

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Another Arizona Mental Health Provider To Leave New MexicoAssociated Press

Another Arizona behavioral health company brought in to replace New Mexico nonprofits accused of Medicaid overbilling and fraud has announced it will stop providing services in New Mexico at the end of June.

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New Mexico Senator Seeks Opinion On Student TestingAssociated Press

A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

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Settlement In Lawsuit By Police Officer Shot By SupervisorAssociated Press

An Albuquerque undercover officer who was shot multiple times at point blank range by his supervisor has reached a settlement in a suit against the city and the since-retired supervisor.

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ACLU, Teachers And Parent Sue Public Education Department – KOB-TV

The American Civil Liberties Union along with teachers and a parent are suing the New Mexico Public Education Department over a rule they say discourages criticism of standardized tests.

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State Asked UNM Health Sciences Center For Medicaid Help Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The state won't be relying on the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center and its $200 million in reserves for help covering Medicaid funding.

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