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New Mexico Off List Of Top 10 States For Overdose DeathsThe Associated Press

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that New Mexico has fallen off of the list of top 10 states for fatal overdoses.

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Lawmakers File Dozens Of Bills; Most Will See No ActionThe Associated Press

Lawmakers have filed more than 100 bills for their session that starts in mid-January.  Most of those will see no action.

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State Land Office Issues Lease For New Mexico Wind FarmThe Associated Press

The State Land Office has issued a lease to a subsidiary of a California-based energy company to build a wind farm on trust land in New Mexico.

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Special Counsel Appointed In Santa Fe Deputy Shooting CaseAssociated Press

Special counsel has been appointed to prosecute the case of a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy whose first two trials in the killing of another deputy ended when juries couldn't agree on a verdict.

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Insurance Regulator Seeks Stop To Surprise Medical BillingThe Associated Press

New Mexico's top insurance regulator wants new legislation to stop medical providers from hitting patients with unexpected bills for services they thought were covered by their health insurance.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Insurance Superintendent John Franchini has drafted legislation seeking to ease the burden of surprise health care billing on the patients.

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New Mexico Regulators Approve Utility Rate Hike With CaveatThe Associated Press

State regulators have agreed to allow New Mexico's largest electric utility to raise rates over the next two years but with the stipulation it cannot recoup the money the utility is spending to upgrade a coal power plant.

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New Mexico Agrees To Strengthen Wage-Theft EnforcementThe Associated Press

A legal settlement has been reached to shore up New Mexico's enforcement of laws against wage theft by employers.

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New Mexico Weighs Options As Online Schools FalterThe Associated Press

A new study shows that online schools in New Mexico provide lower academic achievement than classroom-based schools even though they enroll fewer at-risk students from impoverished and non-English speaking families.

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Aztec High School Return To Class After Deadly ShootingThe Associated Press

Students of a New Mexico high school are back in class more than a week after a deadly shooting on campus.

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Suspect Dressed In UNM Jersey Robs Albuquerque BankAssociated Press

The FBI is searching for a suspect who wore a University of New Mexico football jersey while robbing an Albuquerque bank.

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New Mexico Attorney General Joining Suit Over Net NeutralityThe Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general is joining top prosecutors in other states suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.

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Wind Farm Agreement Highlights New Mexico Businesses – The Associated Press

The state attorney general's office and advocacy groups have brokered an agreement with a utility that's planning to build a massive wind farm near the Texas-New Mexico border to ensure New Mexico businesses and vendors will have a shot at being hired once construction begins.

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Navajo Nation To Implement An Emergency Alert SystemThe Associated Press

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he has signed a contract to purchase software to implement an emergency system for Amber Alerts, wildland fires, hazardous waste spills, weather notification and road closures.

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Classes To Resume After Shooting Rocks New Mexico SchoolThe Associated Press

Classes will resume next week as a New Mexico community works to recover in the wake of a school shooting that left two classmates and the gunman dead.

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New Mexico AG, Others Support Proposed Wind FarmsThe Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, consumer advocates and others have reached a settlement with Xcel Energy over the utility's plans to add more wind power for customers in New Mexico and parts of Texas.

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Lobbyist: Former Lawmaker Offered Vote In Exchange For SexAssociated Press

A female political lobbyist in New Mexico has accused a former state lawmaker of requesting sex in exchange for support of a bill during a legislative session in 2009.

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Police: Gunman Disguised Himself, Randomly Killed At SchoolThe Associated Press

A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.

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New Mexico Governor Calls Shooting Heinous ActThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says several acts of bravery helped save lives during a deadly shooting at a small-town high school.

Authorities say a student opened fire Thursday at Aztec High School, killing two classmates. The shooter also died.

Martinez told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. She did not provide any details.

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Garcia Holmes, Morales Enter Races For Lieutenant Governor – The Associated Press

Two more candidates have jumped into the race for New Mexico lieutenant governor.

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Zinke: Claim That Trump 'Stole' Public Land A 'Lie' The Associated Press

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is strongly disputing a claim by outdoor retailer Patagonia that President Donald Trump "stole" public land by shrinking two national monuments in Utah.

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New Mexico Sees Rebound In Tax Revenues, Oil SectorThe Associated Press

State economists told a panel of lawmakers on Monday that surging state tax revenues and a rebound in the oil and natural gas sectors are propelling a rapid turnaround in New Mexico government finances. State government income for the fiscal year starting on July 1, 2018, is expected to surpass current annual spending by $199 million.

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Democrat Tim Keller Takes Helm As Albuquerque's New MayorThe Associated Press

Democrat Tim Keller took over as mayor of New Mexico's largest city Friday amid rising crime and a struggling economy.

The former New Mexico state auditor officially became mayor ahead of a ceremonial inauguration and promised to immediately make changes to Albuquerque's troubled police department.

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Agency Receives Proposals To Prevent Cavern From CollapsingThe Associated Press

New Mexico officials say at least four companies have submitted proposals to take on the project to prevent the brine well in Carlsbad from collapsing.

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New Mexico Plans Improvements Along San Juan River - The Associated Press

New Mexico wildlife managers say they will be making improvements along the San Juan River downstream of Navajo Lake State Park.

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Santa Fe Starts Examination Of Its Monuments And EventsThe Associated Press

The city of Santa Fe has compiled a list of its monuments and events supported with public funds in the hopes of spurring a conversation about the city's cultural history.

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Gross Receipts Tax On Purchases By Labs Not GuaranteedSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

As New Mexico lawmakers debate possible changes to the state's tax structure, one concern is whether purchases made by national laboratories located in the state will continue to result in gross receipts tax revenue.

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FBI: Customer Shot At Departing Bank Robbery Suspect – Associated Press

The FBI says a customer at a northern New Mexico bank shot at a departing robbery suspect outside the bank but apparently didn't hit anyone.

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EPA's Work On Navajo Nation Uranium Sites Under ReviewAssociated Press

A federal watchdog says it will review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up abandoned uranium sites on the Navajo Nation.

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New Mexico Senators Seek Help For Acequias, Land Grants Associated Press

Traditional water and land grant associations in New Mexico would have access to additional federal resources for conservation projects under legislation introduced by members of the state's congressional delegation.


New Mexico Sheriff Says Body Cam Video Unfair To OfficersKOAT-TV, Associated Press

The sheriff of New Mexico's most populous county will not require his deputies to use body cameras because he says the media would use the footage to unfairly criticize the officers.