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New Mexico County Near Border Invites Trump to VisitAlamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

Officials in a southern New Mexico county near to the U.S.-Mexico border want President Donald Trump to visit.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports Otero County Commissioners issued an invitation in a letter this week amid calls to reopen closed checkpoints. 

The commissioners say the closed checkpoints have allowed an increase in narcotics and crime in the county.

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NBCUniversal To Build State-Of-The-Art Studio In New MexicoAssociated Press

NBCUniversal has announced plans for a state-of-the-art television and film studio in a warehouse district just north of downtown Albuquerque.

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Analysts Say Schools Falling Behind On Pension ObligationsAssociated Press

A major credit ratings agency says that pension obligations are outpacing contributions at an unusually fast rate for school districts and local governments across New Mexico when compared with nationwide averages.

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Groups Sue To Force Federal Protections For Prairie ChickensAssociated Press

Three conservation groups are suing the federal government to force it to protect the lesser prairie chicken and its habitats.

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New Mexico Proposes New Cap On Cannabis Production - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

New Mexico is proposing new cannabis production rules designed to shore up supplies to its medical marijuana program without flooding the rapidly expanding market.

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New Mexico Plans Meetings For New Methane RulesAssociated Press

New Mexico environmental regulators say they will be reaching out to communities, environmental groups and industry to develop the state's first methane reduction regulations.

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New Mexico Plans Meetings For New Methane Rules – Associated Press

New Mexico environmental regulators say they will be reaching out to communities, environmental groups and industry to develop the state's first methane reduction regulations.

Environment Secretary James Kenney said Friday collaboration will be key in developing a regulatory framework to ensure methane reductions in the oil and gas sector.

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New Mexico Governor Says No To High-Level Nuclear Waste - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico's governor is voicing her opposition to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.

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New Mexico Expands Medical Marijuana Program - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

New Mexico is expanding its medical cannabis program to include people suffering from adverse effects of opioid use.

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US Land Managers Shift Position On Chaco Protection BillAssociated Press

U.S. land managers are open to legislation that would limit federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans.

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Report Finds Blacks, Latinos At Risk Of Undercount In 2020 Census - By Mike Schneider, Associated Press

With the 2020 census count less than a year away, a new report says minority populations and small children are especially vulnerable to being undercounted.

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Lawsuit Claims Oil Boom Imperils National Park In New MexicoAssociated Press

Environmentalists say U.S. land managers violated environmental laws and their own regulations when issuing dozens of leases to drill in one of the nation's busiest oilfields.

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Video: Deputy Used Stun Gun On Student With Disability - The Associated Press A northern New Mexico sheriff's deputy is facing criticism after a video showed him using a stun gun on a high school student with a disability. This story corrects a previous version to say the student used the slur not the deputy. 

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New Mexico Governor Says Trump Tariffs Could Be 'Catastrophic'Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says President Donald Trump's tariff on imports from Mexico has the "potential to be economically catastrophic" for the state.

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New Mexico City Allows Construction Of Private Border Wall Associated Press

A New Mexico city is allowing construction to resume of a privately funded barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border following questions about its permit.

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Politicians Pay Tribute To Navajo Code TalkerAssociated Press

Family, friends and politicians are honoring deceased Navajo Code Talker and state Sen. John Pinto at a memorial procession and service.

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New Mexico Auditor Cites Timing As Concern In SettlementsAssociated Press

The state auditor is investigating whether proper protocols were followed for state financial settlements to resolve workplace complaints by personnel including member of the former governor's security detail.

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Endangered Mexican Wolves Blamed For More Livestock KillsAssociated Press

Mexican gray wolves have been blamed for killing nearly as many cows and calves in the first four months of 2019 as they did all of last year.

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New Mexico Jail Completes $13.9M Energy Savings Project– Associated Press

The jail that serves New Mexico's largest metropolitan area has completed a multimillion-dollar project aimed at reducing electricity demands and utility costs.

The project at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center spanned 16 months, with substantial upgrades wrapping up this month.

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Governor Says Navajo Lawmaker Was American HeroAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is paying tribute to deceased Navajo Code Talker and state Sen. John Pinto as a wise and gracious lawmaker who fought to preserve American freedoms in World War II.

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Agreements Prompt Review Of New Mexico's Settlement SystemKRQE-TV, Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

Questions about $1.7 million in payouts by New Mexico to settle legal claims have prompted a review of policies and procedures regarding such agreements.

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Official Says Sandia National Laboratories Sees Surge In HiringAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A top official with Sandia National Laboratories says the Albuquerque-based weapons research and development facility expects to hire 1,900 new employees this year.

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DA Wants Changes To New Mexico's Pretrial Detention SystemAssociated Press

The top prosecutor in New Mexico's busiest court district is calling for another constitutional amendment that would further change how judges decide who remains jailed before trial.

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Gun-Control Group Says New Mexico Sheriffs' Emails Show NRA HelpAssociated Press

A nonprofit that pushes for gun control laws nationwide says emails obtained through public records requests show New Mexico sheriffs received extensive help from the National Rifle Association in their stance against state gun-control legislation.

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2 Shootings By State Police In Albuquerque Spur ConcernAssociated Press

Police reform advocates say they're concerned state police patrolling Albuquerque are not being held to the same use-of-force and training standards as Albuquerque police.

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Officials Reopen New Mexico Private Prison To Hold Migrants – Associated Press

Officials have decided to reopen a private prison in New Mexico to hold local inmates as well as immigrants being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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New Mexico Seeks Federal Reimbursement For Immigrant Care - Associated Press

Local spending on humanitarian relief to asylum seekers in New Mexico would be reimbursed by the federal government under a proposal from the state's delegation to Washington, D.C.

Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and New Mexico colleagues on Tuesday sent a letter to leaders of Senate and House appropriations committees including Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama requesting reimbursements to local and state governments, along with non-governmental groups.

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Migrant Surge Prompts Second City To Declare EmergencyDeming Headlight, Associated Press

Another New Mexico community has declared an emergency in response to the increasing number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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2nd Death In Bernalillo County Linked To Hepatitis A VirusKOB-TV, Associated Press

New Mexico Department of Health officials have confirmed 103 acute hepatitis A virus infections since last October with two associated deaths in Bernalillo County.

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Utility, City Converting Streetlights In Albuquerque To LED

Albuquerque and Public Service Co. of New Mexico plan to convert all of the over 11,000 PNM-owned streetlights in New Mexico's most populous city to energy-efficient LED by the end of the year.

Officials say the conversion project is intended to save money on electricity and to improve lighting in neighborhoods.

The conversion project began last month in the International District and crews will complete the work in phases as they move from one part of the city to another.

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