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Drought Expands Across Southwestern USThe Associated Press

Drought is tightening its grip across a wide swath of the American Southwest as farmers, ranchers and water managers throughout the region brace for what's expected to be more warm and dry weather through the spring.

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Native American Artists Disagree With New Jewelry Sales RuleThe Associated Press

Native American artists are attacking a plan that would impose more regulations to sell their jewelry at New Mexico's historic Palace of the Governors portal in Santa Fe.

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Judge Orders Albuquerque To Pay For Records Law Violation- Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

A New Mexico judge has ruled the city of Albuquerque deliberately refused to follow the state public records law and must pay its former police records custodian.

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Judge Quashes New Mexico Congresswoman's Restraining OrderThe Associated Press

A state district judge has quashed a restraining order obtained by New Mexico Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham against a former intern.

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2 Scholars Hope New Police Reform Book Will 'Arm' Activists Associated Press

Two scholars, including one who led a series of protests against Albuquerque police, have written a guide they hope will "arm activists" to push police reforms.

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Public Defender Hires Man Convicted In Courthouse ScamThe Associated Press

One of the men sent to federal prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution for a courthouse corruption scandal that rocked New Mexico politics has been hired by the state Law Offices of the Public Defender.

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Environmentalists Seek To Block New Mexico Border Wall WorkThe Associated Press

A coalition of environment groups is seeking to stop work to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico.

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New Mexico Regulators OK Massive Wind Farms Near TexasThe Associated Press

New Mexico regulators have approved a plan to build two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

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Santa Fe Natural Tobacco To Close Hometown OfficeThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. is closing its office in the New Mexico city where it was founded.

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Trial Focuses On Public Land Access In Northern New Mexico The Associated Press

A trial over public access to prime hunting territory in northeast New Mexico is underway in Taos.

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New Mexico Makes Application Changes In Medical Pot Program Associated Press

New Mexico has changed the application for patients wanting to participate in the state's medical marijuana program.

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Judge Happy With Commitment In Albuquerque Police ReformThe Associated Press

A New Mexico judge says he is satisfied with the commitment leaders have shown in addressing excessive force issues at the Albuquerque Police Department.

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New Mexico Democrats Have 60 Days To Select New LeaderThe Associated Press

The Democratic Party of New Mexico is without a leader and has roughly two months to find a new one.

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New Mexico Students Gather As Others Walk Out Over ViolenceThe Associated Press

Hundreds of students at a New Mexico high school where two classmates were gunned down by an armed intruder in December gathered around a flag pole Wednesday for a "walk-up" as a way to unify their rural campus while students elsewhere in the country joined walkouts against gun violence.

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New Mexico School Plans 'Walk-Up' In Wake Of Gun ViolenceThe Associated Press

While students across the country plan walkouts to protest gun violence, teens at a New Mexico high school still reeling after two classmates were gunned down in December by an armed intruder have organized a "walk-up" to help unify a campus with varied ideas on school safety.

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New Mexico Marks Record Year For Oil ProductionThe Associated Press

Oil producers have set a record for the number of barrels pumped in New Mexico last year, and industry experts say output from the Permian Basin is expected to double over the next several years.

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New Mexico Candidates For Governor Join Bipartisan ForumAssociated Press

Republican and Democratic candidates for governor in New Mexico have agreed to participate in a public forum Sunday about the public's right to access government documents and other transparency issues.

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New Mexico Changes System For State Lottery Scholarships- Associated Press

New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.

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Governor Signs $6.3 Billion Budget- Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a $6.3 billion general fund-spending bill for the coming fiscal year that boosts funding for law enforcement and public education.

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Official Threatens Fence In Dispute With US On Border Access- Associated Press

A U.S. Senate candidate who serves as New Mexico's top land manager posted signs today along the U.S.-Mexico border aimed at blocking border patrol operations on a one-mile stretch of state trust land over concerns that the federal government is not compensating the state for using the land.

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Governor Says Lobbyist Bill Didn't Go Far EnoughAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that was initially aimed at bolstering campaign finance reporting requirements for lobbyists when it came to expenses under $100.

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Zinke Stops Oil And Gas Sale Near Chaco Canyon Albuquerque Journal

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has halted a controversial oil and gas lease sale planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northwestern New Mexico.

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Judge Asks Whether Welfare, Health Programs Are Meeting Needs - The Associated Press

New Mexico’s ability to provide emergency food benefits and health coverage under Medicaid is under scrutiny by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales heard testimony today in an ongoing legal battle over the state Human Services Department progress in meeting a 1998 court decree related to a backlog of food and medical assistance claims.

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New Mexico Governor Says Schools Could Use Retired OfficersThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says schools could utilize retired police officers for campus security as a cost-effective approach to make schools safer.

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Commissioner Wants Review Of New Mexico Sheriff's PoliciesThe Associated Press

A Bernalillo County commissioner is calling for an independent and accelerated review of policies dictating how the state's largest sheriff's department uses force and handles pursuits.

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Ex-State Treasurer To Help In Albuquerque Police Reform – The Associated Press

A former state treasurer will lead police reform efforts in New Mexico's largest city.

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New Mexico Ruling Cites Limit On Police Duty In DWI Testing Associated Press

The New Mexico State Supreme Court has overturned a lower court and ruled that police don't have to help drunken-driving suspects arrange to exercise their right under state law to have an independent blood-alcohol test.

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New Mexico High School Graduation Rate Holds SteadyThe Associated Press

The percentage of New Mexico students who graduate high school is holding steady at 71 percent.

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Drought Forces Painful Choices For New Mexico Ranchers - The Associated Press

Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state.

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Police Tighten Security Following School Shooting Threat – The Associated Press

Police are increasing their presence at a high school outside Albuquerque after a shooting threat was made against the school.