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Roman Catholic Church Denounces New Mexico 'Food Tax' Idea  - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The Roman Catholic church is calling on New Mexico residents to reject a proposal to reinstate a food tax.

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Flags In New Mexico To Fly At Half-Staff For Fallen Deputy – Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff around New Mexico on Saturday in honor of a Valencia County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a crash while responding to a call.

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Sandia National Labs Contract Awarded, Leadership Changes to ComeThe Associated Press, The ABQ Journal

Federal officials have awarded a $2.6 billion contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories to a subsidiary of Honeywell International.

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New Mexico Tax Secretary Resigns Amid Investigation – The Associated Press

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla has resigned after state prosecutors raided agency offices and seized her personal tax filings amid allegations she gave preferential treatment to a former business client.

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New Mexico Completes Inspection of Federal Nuke Repository The Associated Press

New Mexico regulatory officials have completed their inspection of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository as the troubled facility looks to reopen.

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New Mexico Congresswoman Announces Bid For Governor – Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is running for governor of New Mexico in 2018.

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AG Wants Procedure For Police Use-Of-Force CasesThe Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of district attorneys plan to develop a procedure for handling the prosecution of police officers who are involved in shootings.

Rita Daniels

Vote Recounts Uphold Original Results In New MexicoAssociated Press

Recounts in three New Mexico legislative races have been completed without overturning the original results.

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New Mexico Looks To Public Schools To Fix Budget DeficitsAssociated Press

The chairman of an influential legislative budget committee says state funding for public education in New Mexico is almost certain to be reduced further to offset plunging state revenues.

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Suit Alleges Massive Real Estate Contract, Mortgage Scheme – The Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is accusing an Albuquerque-area businessman of engaging in a massive real estate contract and mortgage scheme.

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Frank Threatens Lawsuit As UNM Regents Meet To Discuss His Future – Albuquerque Journal, KRQE-TV, Associated Press

University of New Mexico President Bob Frank is threatening to sue over what his attorneys say was an unlawful disclosure of records regarding his job.

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Albuquerque To Add Anti-Overdose Drug To City First-Aid KitsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

First-aid kits in Albuquerque's libraries, community centers and other public buildings will now contain the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

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UNM Regents To Consider President’s Future – Albuquerque Journal

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents will hold a special meeting this week to discuss suspending or firing President Bob Frank.

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ABQ Council Member To Introduce Soccer, Rape Kit ResolutionsAssociated Press

Expect some moves by Albuquerque City Council member Dan Lewis on Monday. The Republican says he wants to introduce a resolution to study the best location in the downtown area for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.

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Santa Fe Community College Declared Sanctuary CampusSanta Fe New Mexican

The governing board of the Santa Fe Community College has declared the school to be a sanctuary campus, joining a movement around the country in anticipation of harsher immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.

New Mexico PBS

New Mexico Ed Secretary Praises Trump's Ed Secretary Pick Associated Press

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump's choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation's most Hispanic state.

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Federal Authorities Charge Man In Old Navy FireAssociated Press

Federal authorities have charged a man with using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string of fires and vandalism over the holiday weekend damaged three Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble, and other establishments.

Megan Kamerick

Murder Charge Dismissed Against 1 of 2 Albuquerque OfficersThe Associated Press

A special prosecutor has dismissed a second-degree murder charge against one of two former Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a homeless man during an hourslong standoff.

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New Mexico Farmers Brace For Another Dry YearLas Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

Farmers in southern New Mexico are bracing for what could be another dry year.

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Congressman Calls On Trump To Abolish National MonumentsAlbuquerque Journal

A Republican congressman from Utah is urging President-elect Donald Trump to abolish national monuments created by President Barack Obama, including two in New Mexico.

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Review To Focus On Claim That Police Tampered With VideosThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's administration says it will have an independent investigator review a former city supervisor's claim that police employees tampered with videos from police shooting cases.

Democratic Party of New Mexico

Independent Investigator To Review Police Videos– Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The city of Albuquerque will hire an outside investigator to look into allegations that videos from police officers’ lapel cameras were altered.

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Albuquerque Police Accused Of Editing Video Footage – The Associated Press

A City Council member is calling for the city lawyer to arrange for an independent investigation into allegations that Albuquerque police officials erased, altered or corrupted video recordings from officers' lapel cameras.

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New Mexico Democrats Nominate New House SpeakerAssociated Press

Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico have picked Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe as their choice for speaker of the House.

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Santa Fe Archbishop Addresses Immigrant Fears Since ElectionAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester is addressing the fears that have emerged among immigrants since Election Day.

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Outside Supervisor Appointed To Oversee New Mexico Food AidAssociated Press

A federal judge has appointed a "special master" to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

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New Mexico Budget Officials Says Reserves Come FirstAssociated Press

Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico are placing a high priority on rebuilding state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

Laura Paskus

New Mexico Judiciary Grapples With Reduced BudgetAssociated Press

The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court says furloughs may be in store for employees of the state's highest court and appellate courts because of recent budget cuts to the judiciary.

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One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted DWI Fugitives Is CapturedThe Associated Press

One of New Mexico's most wanted DWI fugitives has been captured. Authorities say Thomas Frank was captured by police in Farmington after he had absconded from parole and officers say he allegedly was drunk again.

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Attorney: Officer Rejects Plea Deal In Homeless Man's DeathThe  Associated Press

A defense attorney says a former Albuquerque police detective charged with second-degree murder last year in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless camper turned down a plea deal offer from a special prosecutor.

The attorney for retired Detective Keith Sandy said Monday he rejected the offer to plead guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting because the shooting was justified and he did not commit a crime.

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