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New Mexico Jail To Scan Inmates' Eyes To Verify Identity- Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

A New Mexico detention center is looking to use iris scanning technology to verify the identities of inmates coming in and out of the jail after it mistakenly released an inmate who was posing as his cellmate.

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New Mexico Senators Plan Visit To Border Detention FacilityAssociated Press

New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms For Next GovernorThe Associated Press

New Mexico state lawmakers say they are setting a course for criminal justice reforms in anticipation of a new administration in 2019.

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Panel Cites More Safety Issues At New Mexico Nuclear LabThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

An independent panel that monitors federal nuclear installations around the United States has documented more safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Challenge Navajo Water CompactAssociated Press

Republican New Mexico lawmakers say the state Legislature never signed off on an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation.

Ten lawmakers from districts stretching from the northwest of the state to Albuquerque on Friday asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to suspend the water settlement until the Legislature can enact, reject or modify the pact. 

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New Mexico National Forest Says No To Geothermal DrillingThe Associated Press

Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

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GOP Candidate Would Replace Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press

New Mexico's Republican candidate for governor is calling for an immediate suspension of the state's embattled teacher evaluation system that he describes as badly broken.

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New Mexico Governor Supports Family Separation Policy – The Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez's says she supports the federal government's decision to separate children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Martinez firmly backed the Trump Administration's zero tolerance effort during her visit to the border this week.

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New Mexico AG Seeks Resignation Of Embattled ProsecutorThe Associated Press

A southwestern New Mexico district attorney has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2016 traffic stop, and now New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas wants her to resign.

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Search Continues For Mistakenly Released Albuquerque InmateThe Associated Press

Authorities continue to search for an Albuquerque jail inmate who was mistakenly released early.

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State Rep Enters Not Guilty Plea In Drunken Driving Case– Associated Press

A New Mexico lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.

A court filing shows Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, entered the plea ahead of a scheduled arraignment hearing, which has now been waived. Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 11.

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Universities, Research Firm Win $2.5B Los Alamos ContractThe Associated Press

The U.S. government has awarded a team of two universities and a research firm with offices around the world a $2.5 billion-a-year contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Republican Gov. Martinez Attacks GOP Nominee For CongressThe Associated Press Republican

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the GOP candidate in a closely watched Congressional race in southern New Mexico may not fairly represent the state.


Lujan Grisham To Face Pearce In November Race For GovernorBy Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico Democrats chose three-term U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham as their nominee for governor Tuesday in hopes of reclaiming the state's top office after two terms of Republican control.

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Democrats On Attack Ahead Of New Mexico Governor PrimaryAssociated Press

Candidates are pushing toward the finish line in wide-open primary races for New Mexico governor and two congressional seats.

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Voters To Select Democratic Nominee For Governor's Seat- Associated Press

New Mexico voters will decide Tuesday which Democratic candidate will be the party's nominee for the open governor's seat. The winner will face the lone Republican contender.

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Ute Fire Smoke Becomes Hazard– Associated Press, KUNM News

Authorities say a wildfire burning in a forested area of northeastern New Mexico is threatening nearly 300 homes and creating hazardous air quality conditions.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality warning Friday urging people in areas with under one mile of visibility to stay indoors unless under mandatory evacuation. 

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Rural, Independent New Mexico Seat Could Tip U.S. House - Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A sprawling, New Mexico congressional district that stretches from the U.S.-Mexico border to oil country near Texas is one of the many districts that could swing control of Congress.

The 2nd District's longtime Republican Congressman Steve Pearce is running for governor, giving Democrats their best opportunity to recapture a seat they haven't won since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008.

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Albuquerque Police Conduct Internal Probe Of Abuse CaseThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have launched an internal investigation into the department's handling of a November 2017 encounter with the family of a 7-year-old girl now identified by authorities as a victim of abuse and sexual exploitation.

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Misaligned Drum Prompts Brief Evacuation At Nuke Repository– Associated Press, Carlsbad Current Argus

The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository was briefly evacuated after a drum of waste was found to be misaligned inside it’s packaging.

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US Air Force Thunderbirds To Perform At Clovis-Area Air ShowThe Associated Press & The Eastern New Mexico News

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have landed in the Clovis area ahead of a biennial air show on the eastern New Mexico air force base.

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Democratic Candidate For Governor Wants Pay For LawmakersThe Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca says he wants New Mexico lawmakers to become paid politicians to help eliminate financial conflicts of interest between their legislative duties and outside careers.

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New Mexico Files Counterclaims In Water Fight With TexasThe Associated Press

New Mexico is accusing Texas of mismanaging its share of water from the Rio Grande and failing to plan for drought.

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New Mexico Senators Want Buffer Around World Heritage SiteThe Associated Press

Drilling across a swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be prohibited under legislation drafted by the state's two U.S. senators.

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Analysis: New Mexico Nursing Homes Worst In NationThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A recent analysis says New Mexico nursing homes are the worst in the nation.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Review New Nuclear Storage ProposalAssociated Press

New Mexico state lawmakers are being briefed on a proposal to temporarily store tons of spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, along with concerns about safety and potentially adverse economic impacts.


More Than 60 Percent Of New Mexico In 'Extreme Drought'The Associated Press

More than 60 percent of New Mexico now is experiencing extreme drought or worse conditions.

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New Mexico Governor To Meet With White House OfficialsThe Associated Press

Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling on a state-funded trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials from the White House.

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Plaques To Honor Woman Killed By Albuquerque OfficerThe Associated Press

Ten memorial plaques will be placed at police stations throughout Albuquerque in honor of a woman who was killed five years ago in a crash with an off-duty police sergeant.

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CYFD Internal Review Leads To ReformsAlbuquerque Journal

The case of a 7-year-old girl who was allegedly sex trafficked by relatives has prompted a review that found problems in the Children, Youth and Families Department.