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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 
-Russell Contreras, Associated Press

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.