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EPA Seeks Bids To Clean Up Uranium Mines In Southwest - Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals from small businesses to clean up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation and in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Mexico Panel Surprises Facebook With $39M Utility Bill – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction.

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Lawsuit Contends Corrections Officers Sexually Abused InmateAssociated Press

An inmate has sued the New Mexico Corrections Department, saying two officers sexually abused her in 2017.

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Albuquerque Approves Plastic Bag BanAlbuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council has approved a bill that prohibits businesses from offering single-use plastic shopping bags.

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Indigenous Leaders Want Less Drilling Near Sacred Sites – By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites. They also endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Rating Agency Says New Mexico Pension Woes Persist - Associated Press

An international credit rating agency says New Mexico's unfunded pension obligations to public employees continue to cast a shadow over government finances.

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US Jury Finds Ex-Priest Guilty Of Sex Abuse - Associated Press

A U.S. jury has found a former priest guilty of sexually abusing a boy nearly three decades ago at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico.

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Las Cruces Businessman Jumps In Race To Unseat Congresswoman - By Russell Contreras Associated Press

A Las Cruces businessman is jumping in the race for Congress and wants to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

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Police: Pilot and Passenger Killed In Crash Of A Small Plane In New Mexico - Associated Press

Authorities say two people are dead after the crash of a small plane at the Santa Fe Regional Airport.

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Child Under Age 12 In Critical Condition After Shooting- Albuquerque Journal & Associated Press

Police say a child under the age of 12 was shot Sunday night in a home on the northeast side of the city, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Spending, Pay Increases - Associated Press

Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized a nearly 12 percent increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year that includes across-the-board pay increases for teachers and state workers.

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Lawyers Criticize 'Secret' Deal In Racino CaseAssociated Press

More questions are being raised about a lack of transparency and conflicts of interest as New Mexico stumbles through a process that will decide who wins a lucrative license to operate the state's sixth and final horse racetrack and casino.

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University Of New Mexico Proposes Upping Credit Hour PriceAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

University of New Mexico officials have proposed charging $10 more per credit hour for students who have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Art Institute Delays Native American Exhibit Amid ConcernsAssociated Press

The Art Institute of Chicago has indefinitely postponed a major pottery exhibit weeks before it was due to open, citing concerns that the culture and voices of indigenous peoples aren't adequately represented.

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New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Announces Senate RunAssociated Press

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is making a run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.

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Officials Say Flood Of Immigrants Prompting Quick Release Associated Press

The Border Patrol says the number of immigrant families traveling to the U.S. is now so high that the agency is immediately letting some go instead of transferring them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for release.

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New Mexico AG Hector Balderas Says He Won't Seek Senate SeatAssociated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he has decided not to run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020, leaving open the chance for more jockeying among some of the state's top Democratic politicians.

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Focus Of Gun-Law Fight Shifts To New Mexico Sheriffs' EmailsAssociated Press

A nonprofit that pushes for gun-control laws nationwide says it has sent letters to numerous New Mexico sheriffs, asking them to provide records related to their opposition to state gun-control legislation.

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Push Renewed To Elevate White Sands To National Park StatusAssociated Press

The push to elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in New Mexico to national park status is being renewed.

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New Mexico Democrat Udall Will Not Run Again For Senate  – Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is being praised by Democratic colleagues for his activism on environmental and Native American issues as he prepares to retire from the Senate.

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New Mexico's February Unemployment Rate Remained 3.1 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate held steady in February.

The Department of Workforce Solutions' monthly report released Friday said February's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, unchanged from January 2019 and February 2018.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Landmark Clean Energy BillAssociated Press

Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals.

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5 Suspects At New Mexico Compound Face Terror Charges - By Mary Hudetz Associated Press

Five former residents of a New Mexico compound where authorities found the remains of a 3-year-old boy are due in federal court on terrorism-related charges.

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New Mexico Final '18 High School Grad Rates Show Record Jump - Associated Press

Final numbers show the rate of New Mexico high school students who earned diplomas last year was the highest it has ever been.

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Carlsbad Considers Resolution Against New Mexico Gun Control- Carlsbad Current-Argus, Associated Press

Officials in a southeastern New Mexico city will consider a resolution that declares they won't enforce gun laws that they believe violate gun owners' constitutional rights.

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New Mexico Investigates Nonprofit Group Over Pay DisparitiesAssociated Press

The New Mexico attorney general's office has launched an investigation into a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities find work.

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Ethics Commission Bill Heads To New Mexico Governor- Associated Press

The Legislature has passed a bill to establish an independent state ethics commission for complaints about the conduct of public officials.

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Compromise Reached On Minimum Wage Increase - Associated Press

House and Senate lawmakers have reached a compromise that would raise New Mexico's minimum hourly wage gradually from $7.50 to $12 at the start of 2023.

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New Mexico Bill To Create State-Run Pot Shops Appears DeadAssociated Press

A proposal that would make New Mexico the first U.S. state to set up government-operated marijuana stores appears dead in the current legislative session.

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Tornado Destroy 10 Homes In New Mexico, 5 People InjuredRoswell Daily Record, Associated Press

Authorities say a tornado has destroyed 10 homes in a small southeastern New Mexico community and five people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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