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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State judicial branch officials are seeking applications to the state's highest court ahead of January.Sergio Pareja, the chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, issued a call in a statement Monday.Officials say the court must fill the positions of Justice Charles Daniels and Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, whose retirements begin Jan. 1.Maes won election to the Supreme Court in 1998. Five years later, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as the court's chief justice.

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated PressAmong the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them? Often an American-made gun.While the flow of drugs and immigrants into the U.S. has been well-documented for decades and become a regular part of the political debate, what is often overlooked is how gangs and drug cartels exploit weaknesses at the border to smuggle guns from the U.S.

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election officials say Native American interpreters are being trained for a series of official ads that will run ahead of the Nov. 6 election.The Secretary of State's Office says the ads will air on radio stations that cover areas where tribes and pueblos are located.The announcement followed a task force meeting Friday at Laguna Pueblo.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed the bishop emeritus of the Tucson Diocese to temporarily oversee the Diocese of Las Cruces.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Rev. Gerald Kicanas (kih-KA'-nuhs) was named last week as the administrator for the southern New Mexico diocese until a new bishop is named.Kicanas replaces Bishop Oscar Cantu who was recently reassigned as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San José, California.Kicanas was appointed coadjutor bishop of Tucson on October 2001, installed as bishop of Tucson in March 2003.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison in connection with the death of her infant daughter in 2007.Prosecutors say 36-year-old Sophia Zayas was sentenced Thursday after her conviction on a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.Her husband, Peter Zayas, is scheduled to sentenced Oct.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.Bale Creek Allen says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he had been creating golden-laden tumbleweed sculptures for years and selling them in galleries in Austin, Texas, and Santa Fe when he noticed Kilmer had begun selling "identical" pieces.Before the discovery, Allen says Kilmer had approached him about the sculptures, which the "Batman Forever" and "Tombstone" star ultimately said he could not afford.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.The tribe filed the lawsuit last December in federal court in New Mexico. It sought recovery of improper fees, service charges and penalties on unauthorized cards and accounts.Wells Fargo asked a judge to dismiss the case.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is being sued by single mothers and an advocacy group who claim the state's child welfare agency is using vague regulations to deny child care assistance to thousands of low-income families.The complaint , filed late Tuesday in state district court, comes as New Mexico is struggling with some of the nation's highest poverty and unemployment rates.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Supervision of Holloman Air Force Base and the 49th Wing assigned to the southern New Mexico base is being shifted from one Air Force command to another.Holloman officials say on the base's website that the reassignment from the Air Combat Command to the Air Education and Training Command will take place during a ceremony scheduled Friday morning with the change take effect on Monday.Holloman hosts training units for MQ-9 Reaper drones and for F-16V fighters. 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former senior adviser for President Barack Obama is expected to speak at New Mexico State University next week.The university says its Interdisciplinary Studies Department and Gender Studies Program has tapped Valerie Jarrett to present at the Women's Leadership Salon.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state will receive approximately $760,000 under a $148 million nationwide settlement between 50 states and Uber.The settlement announced Wednesday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stems from the ride-hailing company's yearlong delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers about the theft of their personal information.Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver's license information, for roughly 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Sisters' Council of the Diocese of Gallup is planning weekly prayer gatherings in response to the ongoing sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.The sisters in a statement said they will commit themselves to praying the rosary either privately or with community members every Wednesday.The Gallup Independent reports two local prayer gatherings are scheduled this Wednesday.Sister Pat Bietsch, chair of the Sisters' Council, suggested the community prayer gatherings.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded.Defense attorney Samuel Winder argued in court that Arthur Perrault was not a flight risk as he had no passport, no family and no means of leaving the country. But prosecutors described him as a danger to the community who fled before."He is known to manipulate and gain the trust of people," federal Prosecutor Sean Sullivan told U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI's latest crime statistics show New Mexico again ranks among the most dangerous states.The FBI's report released Monday shows the rates of violent crime and property crime in the state increased in 2017.The state ranked first in the country for burglary and robbery and second in the country for motor vehicle theft behind Alaska — an improvement from 2016.The same report shows the violent crime and murder rates declining nationally for the first time since 2014.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The city of Las Cruces will receive $11 million in federal funding to spend on public transportation needs.The Federal Transit Administration announced the funding Tuesday. In all, more than $366 million in grants will go to dozens of projects to improve the safety and reliability of community bus systems across the United States.Las Cruces will use its share to build a new transit maintenance and operations center.

By MARY HUDETZ and RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday.Arthur J.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Josh Adkins hit Royce Caldwell on a 53-yard scoring strike late in the third quarter to give New Mexico State the cushion it needed to beat UTEP 27-20 in the Battle of I-10 on Saturday night.New Mexico State (1-4) grabbed its first win of the season and administered the 16th straight loss to the Miners. It is the longest active losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Saturday's Scores

Sep 22, 2018

 By The Associated Press

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Dora 50, Pine Hill 0

Fort Sumner/House 56, Mission Achievement & Success 0

Hope Christian 36, Bloomfield 21

Los Lunas 38, Cibola 35

Magdalena 52, Ramah 0

Newcomb 40, Lordsburg 38

St. Pius X 21, Portales 20

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Some high school football scores provided by Scorestream.com, https://scorestream.com/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's top academic official says "hard decisions" loom due to a steeper-than-expected drop in student enrollment.The Albuquerque Journal reports interim Provost Richard Wood announced in an email this week that the university's main campus enrollment dropped 7 percent this fall.

ANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $3.2 billion federal grant has been awarded to construct a state veterans' cemetery in the northern New Mexico town of Angel Fire.U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, on Wednesday announced approval of funding for the cemetery through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.Udall says the facility will make it easier for many veterans to visit the gravesites of loved ones.

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