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New Mexico Child Pornography Loophole Bill Heads To Senate- Associated Press

A New Mexico House-approved bill aimed at closing a loophole in the state's pornography law protecting children faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

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The Latest: Change-Of-Venue Motion Denied In Police ShootingThe Associated Press

A judge has denied a motion to move the trial for two former Albuquerque officers charged with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man in 2014.

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New Mexico Court Approves Changes To Speedy Trial RuleThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved changes to a rule designed to diminish the backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial in Bernalillo County.

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Proposal To Expand New Mexico's 'Three-Strikes' Law AdvancesThe Associated Press

A proposal to expand the New Mexico's "three-strikes" law for sentencing habitual offenders has cleared another hurdle.

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Sprint To Cut Nearly 400 Jobs In New Mexico- Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business First    

Sprint is shutting down the Rio Rancho customer call center next month.

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 GOP-Sponsored REAL ID Fix Clears First HurdleAssociated Press

A GOP-sponsored bill that would make New Mexico compliant under the REAL ID Act and allow some  immigrants to obtain driver's permit cards has cleared its first hurdle.

Department Of Defense Announces New Mexico ID RestrictionsAssociated Press

The U.S. Department of Defense says it will no longer accept New Mexico driver's licenses at its installations nationwide.

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Officer In Boyd Shooting Seeking Reinstatement – Associated Press

One of the Albuquerque officers slated to stand trial for shooting a mentally ill homeless man wants his job back.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Convene To Forge Budget Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature is convening in Santa Fe to hammer out a budget agreement amid faltering revenues and to tackle thorny issues from immigrant driver's licenses to major public safety reforms.

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Disgraced Former New Mexico Secretary Of State ReleasedAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was released Sunday from a Santa Fe County jail after a 30-day sentence for using political campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.

Isleta Pueblo Reclaims Swath Of Historic Tribal Homeland- Associated Press

The Pueblo of Isleta is adding 140 square miles to its jurisdiction under a deal the U.S. Interior Department says represents the single largest transfer of land back to a tribe's control in U.S. history. 

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EPA Reviews New Mexico's Plans To Sue Over SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's reviewing New Mexico's plan to sue the federal government over a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

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New Mexico To Sue EPA Over Mine Spill - Associated Press

New Mexico officials say they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

The New Mexico Environment Department says it filed a notice Thursday of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over last year's spill. The lawsuit would be a first and would also target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines.

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'New Mexico Truth' Campaign Launched On Child Poverty Associated Press

A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state's successful tourism ad campaign to do it.

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Teen Tells Doctor He Heard Voices Before KillingAssociated Press

A psychiatrist has testified that a New Mexico teenager appeared "detached" and "matter of fact" when he described killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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Pecos Wilderness Expansion Plan Draws Opposition Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A proposal to fold thousands of acres into the Pecos Wilderness area northwest of Santa Fe is drawing resistance from nearby residents.

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State Senate President Accuses Assistant Of Embezzling – Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate president is accusing a longtime assistant of embezzling thousands of dollars in campaign funds.

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Gov. Martinez Cautions About Keeping Spending In Check Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is cautioning New Mexico lawmakers that the state needs to live within its means due to an uncertain revenue picture.

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Libertarian Gary Johnson Launches Presidential BidAssociated Press

Libertarian politician Gary Johnson is running for president a second time after winning more than a million votes in 2012.

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New Mexico Election Officials Unveil Lobbyist Training Guide - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's top election officials are looking to reduce confusion and increase accountability with a new training guide for lobbyists.

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Judge To Consider Venue Change Arguments In Police Shooting TrialThe Associated Press

A state district judge says she'll consider arguments before issuing a written decision on whether to move the case of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man in 2014.

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Albuquerque Homicides Increase By 35 Percent In 2015The Associated Press

A crime wave in New Mexico's largest city brought a rise in homicides in 2015, with early figures showing the number of killings in Albuquerque increased by about 35 percent from the previous year.

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3-Year-Old Albuquerque Girl Found Safe After Carjacking – The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

A 3-year-old girl who was in a car that was stolen from outside an Albuquerque grocery store is home safe.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Caraline Leon-Alcocar was found in an empty parking lot around 1 a.m. Sunday.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Seek Extension Of Solar Tax Credit 
-Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

More than $31 million — that's how much New Mexico homeowners and businesses spent on rooftop solar and solar heating systems in 2015 under an incentive program offered by the state.

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New Mexico Governor, Lawmakers Haven't Sent Real ID Letter - Russell Contreras, Associated Press, 

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers have not sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking an extension on REAL ID requirements.

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New Mexico Finishes Year With Record Dose Of Wet Weather – The Associated Press

New Mexico is finishing off the year without a single square mile mired by drought.

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Governor Issues Order To Keep Propane Available – The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order to keep a steady supply of propane throughout New Mexico as winter weather continues in the state. The order suspends regulations that limit the number of hours propane suppliers are allowed to drive.

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DWI Court's Treatment Program Promotes Native Culture - Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

The state's busiest courthouse has revived a program that gives Native Americans with two or more DWIs an alternative to jail time with treatment that incorporates traditional aspects of Native American cultures.

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New Mexico Bracing For Powerful Post-Christmas Storm – The Associated Press

Residents throughout New Mexico are being warned to expect the days following Christmas to be especially white and blustery.

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Navajo Seeks To Be Part Owner Of Coal-Fired Power Plant – The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation is pursuing partial ownership of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

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