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Martinez Names Winter As Interim Secretary Of State – Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has named Albuquerque City Councilor Brad Winter as the state's next secretary of state.

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Disgraced New Mexico Politician Gets 30 Days In Jail By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

After making a tearful plea for leniency, former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for siphoning money from her election account to fuel a gambling addiction.

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NM Officials Say 'Operation Lilly' Aims To Curb Road RageThe Associated Press

Law enforcement officials say they are targeting reckless and aggressive drivers with Operation Lilly, an initiative that puts more patrol cars on the streets in the Albuquerque area.

Operation Lilly is named for 4-year-old Lilly Garcia, who was shot and killed on Interstate-40 during a road rage dispute.

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Police Union President Placed On Leave Amid Abuse AllegationsThe Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police union says its president has been placed on leave amid allegations she abused a teenage relative.

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City Council Allots Funds To Recruit And Retain Police Officers - Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council voted on Wednesday night to commit $8.2 million to recruit and retain police officers.

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NM Judges Weigh 'Speedy Trial' Changes For Bernalillo CountyAssociated Press

New Mexico justices are hearing from prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement officials as they weigh changes to a state Supreme Court rule meant to cut down the backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial in Bernalillo County.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Confront Reduced Revenue ForecastAssociated Press

State revenue projections are shrinking as New Mexico lawmakers begin to hammer out budgetary priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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New Mexico Officials To Roll Out New Revenue Estimates Associated Press

New Mexico's top finance officials are expected to outline new revenue projections that will shape how lawmakers begin to set budget priorities ahead of January's legislative session.

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Company Seeks To Activate Permit For New Mexico Uranium Mine Associated Press

Rio Grande Resources' underground uranium mine in western New Mexico has been idle for years but the company wants to change that.

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Temporary Injunction Issued On New Mexico Teacher EvaluationAssociated Press

A Santa Fe judge has issued a temporary injunction against New Mexico's teacher evaluation system amid an ongoing legal fight between teachers unions and the state.

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NM Trial Set To Begin For Suspect Accused In Homeless Deaths – The Associated Press

The jury trial for a suspect accused of killing two homeless men who police say were attacked as they slept, and were beaten to death with cinder blocks and other various objects is set to begin Wednesday in Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque Prepares To Swear In 5 City Councilors  The Associated Press

A new city councilman is expected to be sworn in on Tuesday in Albuquerque.

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New Mexico Lawmakers To Discuss Campaign Finance Reform – The Associated Press

New Mexico Sen. Peter Wirth is going to try again to close loopholes within the state's campaign finance system.

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New Mexico To Share In Federal Energy Revenues – The Associated Press

Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.

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New Mexico Dem Leader Unsure On GOP Driver's License Fix 
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New Mexico House Minority Leader Brian Egolf says he's not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a "two-tier" driver's license system modeled after Utah.

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Endangered Bat, Cacti Subjects Of New Federal Lawsuit - Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Agricultural groups in New Mexico and Texas want two cacti and a rare bat thrown off the federal endangered species list.

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New Mexico Catholic Bishops: Support Syrian Refugees – The Associated Press

New Mexico Catholic bishops are urging state residents to write letters to President Barack Obama in support of expanding U.S. resettlement efforts of Syrian refugees.

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New Mexico's Weak Child Porn Law Attracts Offenders Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Officials say the state's weak child pornography law is attracting offenders to New Mexico.

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New Mexico Seeks Comments On Jet Fuel Cleanup Plan - The Associated Press

The New Mexico Environment Department has drafted a plan for 2016 that will guide cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

Cleanup began in earnest about two years ago. Tons of soil have been removed, and more than 16 million gallons of contamination have been extracted and treated since June.

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New Mexico Spaceport To Host Drone Summit In 2016 Associated Press

Spaceport America will be hosting a drone summit next spring.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Warn Agencies Of Belt TighteningAssociated Press

A key legislator is warning that New Mexico could be headed into a financial storm thanks to growing spending pressures and slumping oil and gas prices that have resulted in weaker revenues.

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Official: Progress Made To Reign In Jet Fuel Contamination - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The head of the New Mexico Environment Department says a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is shrinking.

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State Faces Huge Backlog Of Untested Rape KitsAlbuquerque Journal

There are more than 5,300 untested rape kits in police department evidence rooms across the state, some dating back to the 1980s.

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Link Between Navajo Suicides, Mine Spill Not Clear-Cut Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

The top two leaders on the Navajo Nation say recent suicides in communities affected by a mine spill have shaken reservation towns to their core.

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Colorado Disputes Key Part Of EPA Mine Report - By Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Colorado officials are disputing a key claim by federal agencies about a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine.

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APD Reform Advocates Denounce Vote To Reinstate Officer Associated Press

An Albuquerque personnel board's vote to reinstate an officer who was fired for violating orders to use his lapel camera has drawn criticism from local supporters of police reform.

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ACLU Urges 'Smart Justice' On New Mexico Public Safety Bills Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is urging state lawmakers to think through various public safety proposals and consider their possible effects on civil rights.

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Rural Marijuana Patients File Lawsuit Calling System Biased Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Medical marijuana patients in rural New Mexico have filed a lawsuit claiming the state's system is biased toward patients who live in big cities.

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Albuquerque Police Monitor Provides Update On Reform Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

A team of independent monitors tasked with tracking reform within the Albuquerque Police Department says some changes to use-of-force policies are underway six months into a court-ordered overhaul of the beleaguered police department.

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City, DOJ Meet With Monitor Of Albuquerque Police Reforms – The Associated Press

A city councilwoman will host a meeting with the independent monitor of court-mandated reforms within the Albuquerque Police Department on Tuesday evening.

The meeting comes after the U.S. Justice Department announced early this year that Dr. James Ginger would oversee a settlement agreement with Albuquerque police to address officer training and use-of-force procedures.

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