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4 runaway teens arrested after armed robbery in New MexicoSANTA ROSA, N.M.

Gov. Lujan Grisham avoid to fight any 'consent decree' on ed

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she wants to avoid long-term court oversight of the state's public education stemming from a landmark lawsuit.Lujan Grisham told reporters on Monday that her administration will mount a vigorous legal defense and is against any consent decree involving the state's education system.A judge ruled last year that New Mexico's public education system violates the state Constitution when it comes providing for at-risk students.The newly elected Democrat took office pledging she would not appeal the decision.

University of New Mexico to partner in moon rock studies

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at New Mexico's flagship university are among nine teams selected by NASA to study pieces of the moon that have been carefully stored and have remained untouched for decades.The University of New Mexico says it will share in a total of $8 million that has been awarded to the teams.Thomas Zurbuchen is with NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

Liberal New Mexico lawmakers see friction with moderates

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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general said Monday his office is investigating a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities find work as advocates are suing over what they describe as "sweatshop jobs."Hector Balderas said his office is looking into allegations that Adelante Development Center is underpaying employees. The review also will examine the practice statewide and could include other providers that offer similar services."This is a vulnerable population and they deserve additional protections.



Moderate New Mexico Senate Dems slow liberal House freshmenSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Liberal New Mexico House freshmen lawmakers saw some bills blocked by moderate Democrats in the state Senate this session.The Democratic first-term House lawmakers say overall they were satisfied with the results from the Democratic-controlled Legislative session that ended Friday.

Police temporarily suspend search for 4-year-old Utah girl

Mar 18, 2019

ANETH, Utah (AP) — After three unsuccessful days of ground and water searches, authorities said Sunday they were temporarily suspending the search for a 4-year-old girl missing since last week on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.In a statement, the Navajo Police Department said a pause in the search effort will allow authorities to "organize and secure additional resources for subsequent search efforts."Community volunteers will continue organizing search teams, and police officers will remain in the area to investigate any leads in the case, according to the statement.Anndine Jones re

Albuquerque police: Pedestrian critical after hit-and-run

Mar 18, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they're investigating a hit-and-run that has critically injured a pedestrian.They say a woman was struck in the city's southeast area about 2 a.m. Sunday.Police say the victim was taken to the hospital where she's listed in critical condition.The intersection where the hit-and-run occurred is expected to remain closed until the investigation is complete.Police didn't say if there are any witnesses to the incident. 

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Liberal New Mexico House freshmen lawmakers saw some bills blocked by moderate Democrats in the state Senate this session.The Democratic first-term House lawmakers say overall they were satisfied with the results from the Democratic-controlled Legislative session that ended Friday. But many say they were frustrated by conservative Democrats in the Senate who stalled and tabled more liberal proposals on marijuana, early childhood education and immigration.First-term Rep.

New Mexico State routs Grand Canyon in WAC title game

Mar 17, 2019

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle said his Antelopes ran out of gas.New Mexico State junior Trevelin Queen said the Aggies were all gas and no brakes.Queen fueled the Aggies' offense by scoring 27 points to lead New Mexico State past Grand Canyon 89-57 on Saturday night for its third straight Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth."My role on the team is to bring energy, and stay positive and bring my teammates up," said Queen, who finished 9 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range.

Saturday's Scores

Mar 17, 2019

By The Associated PressBOYS PREP BASKETBALL=Class 5A State Tournament=Championship=Atrisco Heritage 61, Santa Fe 58Class 4A State Tournament=Championship=Valley 37, Los Lunas 34Class 3A State Tournament=Championship=Hot Springs 56, Santa Fe Indian 54, OTClass 2A State Tournament=Championship=Pecos 58, Newcomb 37Class A State Tournament=Championship=Melrose 54, Fort Sumner 50GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=Class 5A State Tournament=Championship=West Mesa 63, Hobbs 51Class A State Tournament=Championship=Tatum 57, Melrose 48___Some high school basketball scores provided by Scorestream.com, https://scor


The Latest: Governor wants to revive marijuana proposalsSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants marijuana legalization back on agenda for the next legislative session.Lujan Grisham said Saturday that next year's limited 30-day legislative session will include marijuana reform proposals.

Search continues on Navajo Nation for missing 3-year-old

Mar 16, 2019

ANETH, Utah (AP) — A search continued Saturday along the San Juan River on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation for a 3-year-old girl missing since late Thursday. The Navajo Nation Police Department said in a statement on Facebook that over 100 volunteers searched for Andanndine Jones on foot along 8 miles (12.87 kilometers) of the riverbed west of Aneth while boat crews from county, state and federal agencies covered 24 miles (39 kilometers) of the river.Andanndine Jones reportedly wandered away from her home.Initial search efforts focused along a creek that feeds into the San Juan.

By MORGAN LEE and RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led New Mexico Legislature sent a $7 billion spending plan to an allied governor that hikes spending on low-income students, teacher pay and infrastructure as the annual legislative session came to a close Saturday.In the final minutes, lawmakers approved a bill over objections from many Republicans that would raise sales, income and investment-related taxes, while offering a larger family tax credit.Gov.

The Latest: New Mexico Legislature approves tax billSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):NoonA bill that would raise taxes and offer a larger family tax credit has been approved by the New Mexico Legislature.The Democrat-led House and Senate approved the tax bill Friday in the final minutes of the annual legislative session.The initiative would raise income tax rates on high income earners unless the state experiences a new surge in other sources of income.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):9:15 a.m.The New Mexico Legislature has passed a measure that would prohibit corrections officers from placing juvenile and pregnant inmates in restricted housing, or solitary confinement.The Senate late Friday voted 36-1 to send the bill to Gov.


The Latest: New Mexico House OKs ethics commission billSANTA FE, N.M.

Ethic commission bill heads to New Mexico governor

Mar 16, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a bill to establish an independent state ethics commission for complaints about the conduct of public officials.A final Senate vote on Friday capped weeks of public hearings and backroom negotiations and sends the bill to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration.The creation of the seven-member commission was authorized by statewide vote in November 2018.

The Latest: New Mexico House OKs ethics commission bill

Mar 16, 2019


New Mexico Democrats boost school spending, shun marijuana

Mar 16, 2019


New Mexico St. beats Texas Rio Grande Valley 79-72

Mar 16, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terrell Brown registered 19 points as New Mexico State beat Texas Rio Grande Valley 79-72 in the Western Athletic Conference Tourney semifinals on Friday night.


APNewsBreak: Migrant families must wait outside bus stationsPHOENIX (AP) — Greyhound Lines Inc. is no longer allowing U.S. authorities to drop off immigrant families inside bus stations, forcing those who have been released from custody to wait outside until they have a ticket.U.S.

Cattle kills prompt removal of Mexican gray wolves

Mar 15, 2019

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two endangered Mexican wolves have been removed from the wild and are undergoing testing to determine if they're behind a string of livestock deaths in southwestern New Mexico, marking the latest wrinkle in the strained effort to return the predators to the American Southwest.The two young female wolves were recently captured in an area of the Gila National Forest where ranchers had reported a dozen instances of cattle being killed over a four-month period.An order also was issued by the U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on migrants being housed in New Mexico (all times local):5:35 p.m.Between 200 and 300 migrants are expected to be bused to New Mexico's largest city over the weekend as shelters closer to the U.S.-Mexico border fill up.Officials with the city of Albuquerque provided the latest estimate Friday.Shelters in El Paso, Texas, are running out of room as more people cross the border.

The Latest: House, Senate reach compromise on $7B budget

Mar 15, 2019


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day won final approval Friday in the state Legislature following a lengthy and sometimes emotional debate.The Senate voted 22-15 to approve the bill pushed by Native American activists.Numerous cities nationwide, including Albuquerque, have moved to shift the October holiday's focus from honoring Christopher Columbus by passing resolutions and measures that instead called for celebrating indigenous cultures.Sen.


Unchained Democrats tackle climate change, shun marijuanaSANTA FE, N.M.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 23 points as Utah State beat New Mexico 91-83 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night.Merrill shot 11 for 12 from the foul line. He added nine assists.Neemias Queta had 16 points and six blocks for Utah State (26-6). Justin Bean added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Diogo Brito had 14 points for Utah State.Vance Jackson had 25 points for the Lobos (14-18). Corey Manigault added 16 points.

New gun control bill advances to governor in New Mexico

Mar 15, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a gun control bill aimed at ensuring that people under protective orders for domestic violence relinquish their firearms.A 38-31 vote of the House on Thursday sent the measure to New Mexico Gov.