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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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Ex-Inmate Settles Solitary Confinement Lawsuit For $750K - Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

A Tennessee man has reached a $750,000 settlement with a New Mexico county over how he was treated while held in solitary confinement at a local jail.

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Contract To Manage Federal Nuke Lab Up For Grabs After 2017 – The Associated Press

The $2 billion contract to manage one of the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratories will be up for grabs after 2017.

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Federal Grand Jury Sought Records Related To Susana Martinez – The Associated Press 

The 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office was asked to turn over documents including a variety of payroll, expense and law enforcement records connected to the governor's former job as Doña Ana County's top prosecutor.

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Gov Apologizes For Staff's Holiday Party Conduct - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is apologizing for her staff's conduct at her annual holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel.

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Governor Revives Effort To Take Away Truant Students’ LicensesAlbuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez says she will push once again to strip drivers’ licenses from students who are habitually truant.

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AG: 2,400 Albuquerque Schools Workers Lack Background Checks – By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general says he's "concerned" 15 percent of employees in the state's largest school district don't have background checks on file.

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New Mexico Regulators Settle Fate Of Coal-Fired Power PlantThe Associated Press

State regulators have adopted a plan that calls for closing part of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that serves customers across the Southwest.

The 4-1 vote by the Public Regulation Commission came Wednesday after years of public meetings, protests and legal challenges that reached the highest courts in New Mexico.

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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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