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Report Finds US Nuclear Lab Gives New Mexico Economy $3B BoostAssociated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory supports more than 24,000 direct and indirect jobs and infuses more than $3 billion a year into New Mexico's economy through federal funding and spending by employees and vendors.

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Lawmaker Calls For Expanded Compensation From Nuclear Weapons TestingAssociated Press

A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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New Mexico AG Draws Fire For Working With NYU Energy Center – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is drawing criticism for employing two lawyers funded by a New York University center that promotes clean energy and environmental laws.

New Mexico AG Wants New Sex Offender Law Amid Epstein Probe - By Mary Hudetz Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general wants to change a law that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in the state, where the financier owns a sprawling, secluded ranch and authorities say they are interviewing victims.

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State Employee Among 2 People Found Fatally Shot In Santa FeAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Authorities say a state employee is one of the two people found dead in the downtown Santa Fe area.

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New Mexico Gets Approval To Change School Grading SystemAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The New Mexico Public Education Department has received federal approval to amend its grading system for school performance.

New Mexico Settles With Behavioral Health ProvidersAssociated Press

New Mexico has reached settlements with three providers whose Medicaid claims were frozen as part of a shake-up in the state's behavioral health care system.

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Walmart Plans To Cease Gun Sales At New Mexico Stores Associated Press

Walmarts in New Mexico plan to stop selling guns later this month after a new state law expanded background checks to nearly all gun purchases.

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In Border Crisis, Pregnant Teens Are Especially Vulnerable - By Astrid Galvan Associated Press

As the crisis at the border has deepened over the last year, one group of migrants is particularly vulnerable: teen moms and pregnant girls without parents of their own.

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New Mexico Utility Charts Closure For Coal-Fired Power PlantAssociated Press

New Mexico's largest electric utility is submitting to regulators its plan for shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, how it intends to replace the lost power and what it's going to cost customers.

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New Mexico Ranch Owners, State Settle Lawsuit After Raid -Headlight, Associated Press 

The state of New Mexico has settled a case with the owner of a ranch for troubled youth six years after the ranch was raided in 2013.

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US Senators Look To End Nuclear Waste StalemateAssociated Press

The chairwoman of a powerful U.S. Senate committee says the federal government's failure to find a permanent solution to the nation's growing stockpile of spent fuel from nuclear power plants is costing taxpayers more than $2 million a day.

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Deadly Case Of Hantavirus Reported In New MexicoAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials are confirming the first fatal case of hantavirus this year.

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Jump In Wildfires Means Smoke's Health Impact Will SpreadAssociated Press

Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will affect tens of millions of people and cause premature deaths to spike.

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4 Remain Hospitalized After Colorado Bus CrashAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Authorities say four people remain hospitalized after a charter bus carrying a church youth group crashed in southern Colorado. The crash killed two people.

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Certification Of New Mexico Deputy In Stun Gun Flap Debated-The Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A New Mexico sheriff's office is disputing a claim a deputy under fire for using a stun gun on a teen doesn't have an active law enforcement certification.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office said this week Deputy Jeremy Barnes had a certification that is valid and he is eligible to be a commissioned officer in the state.

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Political Opposition Grows To Nuclear Waste Storage PlanAssociated Press

Another member of New Mexico's congressional delegation is weighing in on plans to build a multimillion-dollar facility in the state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.

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Municipal Boards, Commissions Raise Transparency Questions- KRQE-TV, Associated Press

Open government advocates say the city of Albuquerque is shirking some open meeting requirements despite pledges from Mayor Tim Keller and other officials to push for transparency.

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New Mexico Picks Corrections Secretary After False Start - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Career state corrections officer Alisha Tafoya Lucero has been named Cabinet secretary to oversee New Mexico's combination public-private prison system.

Albuquerque Police Department Roster Nears 1,000 OfficersAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Albuquerque police are expected to number nearly 1,000 in the next few months after the department added 116 officers over the past year.

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Report Ranks New Mexico Last In Child Well-BeingKOB-TV, Associated Press

A new report ranked New Mexico at the bottom among the 50 states for child well-being.

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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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