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New Mexico Releases Monitoring Plan For Colorado Mine SpillAssociated Press

A proposal for monitoring the potential long-term effects of a mine spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states calls for extensive sampling of river water, soil and drinking water wells in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Mexico To Release Monitoring Plan For Mine Spill Associated Press

New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine.

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Embattled NM Official Proposes New Campaign Finance Rules Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A New Mexico official facing criminal charges for misusing campaign contributions is proposing new campaign finance rules.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide Tests -
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school juniors failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide TestsThe Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school students failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

And a vast majority of students fell short when it came to proficiency in math.

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Feds Move Forward With Wolf Releases – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will release 10 Mexican gray wolves into southwestern New Mexico, overruling a decision by state officials.

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Scholars Urge More Research On Future Of Colorado River – Associated Press

A coalition of scholars from across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River. 

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Albuquerque Voters Decide On Proposal For Police Chief HiresAssociated Press

Albuquerque voters have approved an amendment to the city charter that requires the mayor to submit future picks for police and fire chief to the City Council for approval.

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Albuquerque Election Will Likely See Low Voter Turnout – Albuquerque Journal

Voters in Albuquerque go to the polls today to decide on two city council seats and whether to raise taxes for the BioPark.

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Mass Ascension To Kick Off International Balloon Fiesta - The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to crowd the launch field for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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Attorney: Utilities Not To Blame For New Mexico Wildfire – Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

A defense attorney says it would have been difficult for utility workers to identify as a hazard the aspen tree that fell onto a power line and sparked one of the largest fires in New Mexico's recorded history.

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More Spills Reported As New Mexico Oil Production Increases – The Associated Press

The volume of oil produced in New Mexico increased by nearly a quarter during the last fiscal year, but a review has found that the volume of industry-related spills jumped by more than 60 percent.

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New Mexico Lawmakers To Meet On Secretary Of State Case Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A panel of New Mexico lawmakers investigating fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran are slated to meet for the first time.

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New Mexico GOP Eyes Plans To Put State In Play In 2016 – Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

Republicans are laying the groundwork to put the state in play in 2016 just months after their historic victories in the nation's most Hispanic state.

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Authorities: Human Plague Case Confirmed In Santa Fe County 

The fourth confirmed case of human plague the year has been confirmed in New Mexico.

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that a laboratory confirmed a case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County.

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Albuquerque Councilors Support Reduced Marijuana Penalties 

The Albuquerque City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but that action will likely face opposition from Mayor Richard Berry, who plans to veto the legislation.

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Udall To Announce Legislation In Wake Of Mine Waste Spill – The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers.

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Japanese Government Gifts New Mexico Vets Memorial With Tree -The Associated Press 

The Japanese government has given a tree to honor New Mexico veterans to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Gets New Superintendent – The Associated Press

The executive director of the trust that currently oversees Valles Caldera National Preserve will be taking over as the preserve's superintendent.

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Feds To Pay $940M To Settle Claims Over Tribal Contracts Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

The Obama administration has agreed to pay a group of Native American tribes nearly a billion dollars to settle a claim that the government failed to adequately compensate tribes for education, law enforcement and other federal services.

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House Panel Schedules Meeting In Secretary Of State CaseThe Associated Press

The panel of New Mexico lawmakers that will be investigating fraud and other charges against one of the state's highest ranking officials as part of impeachment proceedings has scheduled its first meeting.

The House Special Investigatory Committee will meet Sept. 28 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The bipartisan panel will be discussing the hiring of special legal counsel, rules for the investigation and a hearing schedule.

The Legislative Council on Tuesday cleared the way for the committee to begin its work by approving up to $250,000 in state funds to finance the effort.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran has been accused of funneling campaign contributions into personal bank accounts and later withdrawing large sums of money while frequenting casinos around the state. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fraud Charges Against New Mexico's Secretary Of State –Associated Press

Embattled New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has made her first visit to her office since being charged more than two weeks ago with fraud, money laundering and other counts.

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New Mexico Secretary Of State Due In Court On Fraud Charges
-Associated Press

UPDATE 11:15 - A panel of New Mexico lawmakers has cleared the way for an investigation into fraud charges against one of the state's highest ranking officials.

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Gov. Martinez To Unveil New State Energy Plan Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to unveil a new energy policy as industry experts gather in southeastern New Mexico for an annual summit.

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Jury Finds Albuquerque Man Guilty In Child Abuse Case - The Associated Press

An Albuquerque man has been found guilty of some child abuse charges stemming from the beating death of his 9-year-old stepson.

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New Mexico AG Calls On Feds To Address Natural Gas Waste 
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general is calling on the federal government to move quickly in adopting new rules to curb the waste of natural gas and the resulting loss of millions of dollars in royalties that could benefit education and other public programs.

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Public Education Department Fined for Withholding Records – Santa Fe New Mexican

The Public Education Department must pay $14,000 in fees for failing to respond to a public records request.

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New Mexico House Speaker Names Panel To Investigate DuranThe Associated Press

New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp has announced creation of a 10-member bipartisan committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran and consider whether to recommend impeachment.

Democrat Gail Chasey of Albuquerque and Republican Zach Cook of Ruidoso will serve as co-chairs of the special committee announced Wednesday.

Duran faces a 64-count criminal indictment accusing her of funneling campaign contributions to personal bank accounts.

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Committee To Start Work On Impeachment Proceedings Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A New Mexico legislative committee plans to start work next week on impeachment proceedings against embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who is accused of funneling campaign contributions to personal bank accounts.

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Police: Man Dies In Police Custody At Walmart Parking Lot Associated Press

Authorities say one person has died in the custody of Bernalillo police at a Walmart parking lot after an apparent domestic dispute.

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New Mexico Vaccination Rates Reach Record High Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say vaccination rates among toddlers reached an all-time high last year.