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Jun 10, 2019

Trump defends immigration deal with MexicoSTERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump, his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, is looking to claim victory. But some of his Democratic challengers for the White House have criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts.Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S. southern border.  But he also dangled the prospect Sunday of renewing his threat if the U.S. ally doesn't cooperate to his liking.Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs for economic and political reasons.


Off-duty federal agents involved in shooting in AlbuquerqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they're investigating a fatal shooting after a man died at a brewery on the city's northeast side.Officers got calls about a shooting at the Nexus Brewery near Interstate 25 about 9 p.m. Saturday.Police say a woman inside the restaurant allegedly was being threatened by her ex, who was brandishing a gun.They say some off-duty federal agents were at the brewery and stepped in to stop the shooting and at least one agent fired back.The man who was shot was taken to a hospital, where he died. The Albuquerque Police Department identified him as Cody Guy Wrathall, 27.Police and the federal agency are investigating the shooting.


Visitor dies at White Sands National Monument in New MexicoALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a visitor has died on a hiking trail at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.They say rangers responded to a call around 4 p.m. Saturday that a person needed help on the Alkali Flat Trail.Responding park law enforcement rangers discovered an unresponsive man less than one mile from the trailhead.New Mexico State Police confirmed the death.The name, age and hometown of the man still hadn't been released Sunday.The National Park Service will be coordinating with state authorities to investigate the incident.There is no shade or water along any of the trails in the park, where temperatures reached 99 degrees on Saturday.Park officials say they recommend that visitors not start a hike when the temperature is at or above 85 degrees.


Trade posts in Four Corners fight to stay open amid changes(Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com)FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Once a staple in the Four Corners region that connected Navajo weavers and artists to buyers, trading posts are facing challenges to their survival.The Farmington Daily Times reports trading posts are facing increased competition from online retailers and large regional grocery store chain and working to navigate changing demands.The Shiprock Trading Post in Farmington now focuses exclusively on Navajo rugs, jewelry, pottery and other works of art. It used to provide all sorts of good to Navajo customers.Farmington Museum at Gateway Park director Bart Wilsey says trading posts that have survived into the 21st Century have become art galleries that deal almost exclusively in Native art or become convenience stores.Wilsey adds they also can become wholesalers for Navajo rugs and art in order to remain healthy.___


Albuquerque eyes Route 66 upgrades in 'forgotten' partALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city is upgrading its portion of the historic Route 66 Highway.KRQE-TV reports officials in Albuquerque want to see improvements to a barren stretch of Route 66 in an area that some complain is a forgotten part of the city.City officials are eying a $2.3 million plan that would add medians, landscaping and lighting along the Mother Road west of downtown. Albuquerque has the largest part of Route 66 in an urban area.Earlier this year, Gallup announced a plan to upgrade its Route 66 streetlights to LED lights. Cities in Oklahoma also have embarked on Route 66 facelifts.Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 went through eight states, connecting tourists with friendly diners and motor lodges in small towns.


Judge dismisses 2 counts against former state tax secretarySANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has dismissed two of three remaining criminal charges against former state Tax Secretary Demesia Padilla but prosecutors say those charges will be refiled in another court.District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday ruled that prosecutors didn't provide evidence that alleged acts underlying an embezzlement charge and another count occurred in the judicial district that includes Santa Fe County.Attorney general's spokesman David Carl later said prosecutors will refile the two dismissed charges in another district.The ruling leaves Padilla on track to face trial in Santa Fe on a felony charge of engaging in an official act for personal financial gain.Sommer previously dismissed five misdemeanor ethics counts against Padilla.Sommer also Friday ruled that Padilla's lawyers could inspect recording devices used by investigators.