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Santa Fe City Council Votes To Decriminalize PotThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

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Santa Fe City Council To Consider Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

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Audit: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military GearThe Associated Press

Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent over 10-million dollars worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.

Documents show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.

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Election Ballot May Not Fit Albuquerque ProposalsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

All of Albuquerque's proposed questions for voters may not fit onto Bernalillo County's general election ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county election workers are testing different ballot combinations of questions submitted by the city.

The City Council wants to add five items to the general-election ballot, which includes state and county races.

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UNM Soccer Coach Suspended For 1 Week Over Hazing ​ - The Associated Press

University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.


4 New Sex Abuse Suits Name NM Catholic DioceseThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

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New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan - The Associated Press

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent yesterday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

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Albuquerque Ballot Measure On Marijuana Advances - The Associated Press

A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

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Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.

Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.

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Immigrant Rally Planned In Artesia Near Center The Associated Press

Advocates are scheduled to hold a march and prayer rally in Artesia aimed at calling for the release of detained immigrant women and children.

The Santa-Fe based Somos Un Pueblo Unido and a coalition of Catholic churches are slated to hold the rally Sunday.

Organizers say the event will take place outside a temporary detention center where the immigrants are being held.

FBI: Embattled New Mexico Sheriff, Son ArrestedThe Associated Press

The FBI says a New Mexico sheriff and his son have been arrested in an ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested Friday morning in their Espanola home, but didn't say why.

Fisher says federal officials will give more details later Friday.

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Nuke Dump Worker Sues Over Smoke InhalationThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Delay Urged On Medical Marijuana Program Changes   - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain unchanged until an advisory board makes its own recommendations and another public hearing is held.

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Albuquerque Police: Multiple Shooting Suspect DeadThe Associated Press

Police say a suspect wanted in a mass shooting in Albuquerque that left one woman dead has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Albuquerque police said Tuesday 46-year-old Marcos Delgado shot himself after a short chase with officers.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said no officers fired their weapons nor were hurt in the chase.

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Energy Secretary To Visit Troubled Nuke Dump  - The Associated Press

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling to southeastern New Mexico to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump.

Moniz is scheduled to arrive in Carlsbad this evening, where he will participate in a town hall meeting to talk with residents about the radiation leak and a truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since February.

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NM Teens Indicted In Homeless Men KillingsThe Associated Press

Three teenagers arrested for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated assault and numerous other charges.

The indictments were returned yesterday by a Bernalillo County grand jury. Arraignments for the three teens have yet to be scheduled.

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Dry System To Hit New Mexico, Limiting StormsThe Associated Press

New Mexico is getting a reprieve from severe storms and heavy rain thanks to a dry system coming in from the west.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the potent dry intrusion will limit storm chances for at least a couple of days.

That means the soil will have two days to dry up as more storms move in later in the week.

The dry weather comes after the state was pounded by heavy rains last week and Monday sparking damaging floods.

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Test Scores In New Mexico Lower Than 5 Years AgoThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was five years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That's down 4 percentage points since 2010.

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Memorial In Albuquerque Honors Slain Homeless Men - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

Two homeless men who were allegedly beaten to death were remembered at a memorial service at an Albuquerque shelter.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that about 100 people paid their respects Saturday to 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson.

The service was held at Noon Day Ministries and attended by others from the homeless community.

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New Mexico To See More Wet Weather Through Weekend - The Associated Press

Forecasters says New Mexico's weather will be wet, wet and more wet today and into the weekend, with the possibility of flash flooding Friday afternoon and evening due to a very moist air mass remaining over the state.

The National Weather Service says the risk of flash flooding today will be greatest near and west of the central mountain chain.

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Southern New Mexico Preparing For Possible FloodsThe Associated Press

Authorities in southern New Mexico are preparing for possible flooding amid more storms expected to hit the state.

The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent of moderate to heavy rains today in areas across Dona Ana County including Las Cruces.

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King Asks To Intervene In Election Voting CaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King wants to defend in court a state law that bars independents from voting in the primary election.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King is asking a state District Court judge to permit him to intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of nearly 294,000 voters registered as independents.

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Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood WatchThe Associated Press

Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.

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Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract OfferThe Associated Press

Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.

Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.

Hospital spokeswoman Arturo Delgado says managers are disappointed by the vote. Union local President Fonda Osborn says the union wants to return to the bargaining table.

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Santa Fe Forest Travel Plan Upheld By Court - The Associated Press

Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

ICE Denies Late Night New Mexico Deportation ClaimThe Associated Press

Federal immigration officials are denying allegations that immigrants held at a New Mexico detention center were being deported in the middle of the night.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Wednesday the women and children housed at the Artesia facility weren't being pulled from sleep to board removal flights to Central America.

Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds - The Associated Press

Immigration advocates who were allowed to visit a New Mexico detention center say women there are complaining that children aren't getting proper medical care and people are being deported before they can see a lawyer.

Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child WelfareThe Associated Press

The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.

New Mexico, which last year was in last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.

Santa Fe Hospital Workers Reject Contract OfferThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

An overwhelming vote by unionized nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe rejects a contract offer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 95 percent of the nurses rejected the offer that the hospital's administration called its best and last and that 80 percent of the techs also did so.