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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say there is "credible evidence" a New Mexico state lawmaker, who recently lost in the Democratic primary, sexually harassed a lobbyist on two separate occasions.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a new 43-page report by a special counsel backed up two allegations by Animal Protection Voters staffer Laura Bonar that state Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has found the vehicle seizure program operated in Albuquerque to be unconstitutional.A lawsuit was filed against the city over the program.The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe School Board is weighing a policy that could result in student athletes being cut from a team if their parents continuously act out at sporting events. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports parents who act inappropriately three times at games and other events during a single school year could see their children pulled from teams if Santa Fe Board of Education President Steven Carrillo's proposal is approved. The school board plans to discuss the proposal at a meeting Tuesday evening.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Libertarian Party U.S senatorial candidate Aubrey Dunn quitting race in New Mexico. (all times local): Noon Aubrey Dunn, the Libertarian Party U.S senatorial candidate in New Mexico, has announced he is quitting the race, opening the door for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to jump in.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contenders for New Mexico governor are pushing dueling plans aimed at tackling poverty in one of the nation's poorest states and transforming a struggling economy tied to the boom-and-bust oil and gas industry. Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican candidate for governor, told business leaders Monday that he would seek to expand the state's greenhouses, look to new mining ventures and push growth in artificial intelligence businesses. He also vowed to do more to take advantage of Spaceport America and make Roswell a destination for painting large aircraft.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico gubernatorial hopefuls Democrat Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial hopefuls Democrat Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce are pushing dueling economic plans aimed at tackling poverty in one of the nation's poorest states. Lujan Grisham released last week her "7-point plan" that would address poverty by raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour statewide and adding more regulation against payday lenders. Pearce is scheduled Monday to unveil a new proposal he said would create jobs and increase investment in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Libertarian Party U.S senatorial candidate Aubrey Dunn is expected to announce that he is quitting the race, opening the door for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to jump in. Dunn is scheduled to unveil Monday his reasons why he is leaving the race in New Mexico where he was to face Democratic incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich in November. Dunn is the current New Mexico Land Commissioner and won that seat in 2014 as a Republican.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city plagued by lawsuits from former workers over conflicts with the mayor still doesn't have a police chief, a city attorney or a city manager. And it's unclear when the city of Las Vegas will hire them. The Las Vegas Optic reports Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Girlon still has not made the appointments after two months. Gurule-Giron has repeatedly said the delays come as contracts are being drawn up by the city's contract attorney for various positions that would help fill other vacancies.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has become the latest community in New Mexico to voice opposition to building a nuclear waste storage facility in the southeast corner of the state. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Las Cruces City Council on Monday approved a resolution opposing the transport and storage of high-level nuclear waste in the state. Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct a nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles east of Carlsbad.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say a man who was shot at a gas station in the city has died.They say the man may have shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.Officers were called to the scene around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and found a man and woman with gunshot wounds.Both were taken to a hospital.Police say the man later died and the woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.Their names and ages haven't been released yet. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting at a northeast Albuquerque apartment complex has left one person dead.Police say officers responded to the shooting around 10 p.m. Saturday and found a person shot who died at the scene.The name and gender of the victim haven't been disclosed yet.Police say there are no suspects in custody yet and information on the fatal shooting is limited. 

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida airman who was seriously wounded in the Vietnam War was reunited with one of the two soldiers who saved his life, 51 years after he was shot.Lyle Davis of Inverness, Florida met up with Chuck Henry for the first time since Henry and another soldier saved Davis' life by taking his ID car and taping it over a hole in Davis' chest.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials in northwestern New Mexico are grappling with the likely effects of a coal power plant closure near the Navajo Nation and in one of the nation's poorest states.The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports Farmington Mayor Nate Duckett told state lawmakers Thursday that the Four Corners region is "a ticking time bomb" waiting for the generating station to close.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy has finished the first segment of a $400 million transmission project that will deliver power from a hub in West Texas to southeastern New Mexico's booming oil and gas region.Officials gathered Thursday in New Mexico to dedicate an 86-mile transmission line that stretches from Hobbs to Carlsbad.The company says the rapid growth of energy development in New Mexico happened in an area with few major transmission lines.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who fatally shot a father and daughter in 2013.Jordan Hurd had appealed his conviction on first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges, saying crime scene photographs should not have been admitted as evidence during his trial.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Cruces police officer who pleaded no contest to extorting a woman by offering to delete explicit photos in exchange for sex has been sentenced.KDBC-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports William D.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Court of Appeals ruling upholds a San Juan County jury's verdict in favor of a former Farmington Police Department detective who successfully sued under the state whistleblower protection law.The ruling Monday upholds a state District Court's verdict for Frank Dart and award to him of $4,000 in economic damages and $200,000 for emotional pain and suffering.The case stemmed from Dart's contention that the Police Department had failed to promptly investigate reports of child abuse and neglect referred to police by the state's child welfare agency. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime Children's Court judge in New Mexico has been sworn in as the president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.The organization announced Judge John Romero's appointment in a statement Monday, saying he will be the first New Mexico judge to serve in the position.Romero oversees family and juvenile cases in New Mexico's Second Judicial District, which includes Albuquerque.Last year, Romero was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United State.

RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a man was seriously injured in a bear attack that ended with the man shooting the animal.Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish say the attack happened Wednesday southeast of Raton, a community near the New Mexico-Colorado border. They say the man was walking his dogs when the bear attacked.The 36-year-old man was flown to an Albuquerque hospital due to the severity of his injuries, including a bite to his leg.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of oil and gas drill rigs operating in New Mexico has reached record levels as development in the Permian Basin booms.The latest figures show there are 103 active rigs in New Mexico. The state previously reached that mark twice in 2014, beating the previous record of 101 in 2006.The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association says the state is behind only Texas and Oklahoma when it comes to active rigs.The group's executive director, Ryan Flynn, says more rigs mean more jobs and revenue for the state.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran employee of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has been named as the agency's new director.The state Game Commission announced the appointment of Michael Sloane on Tuesday.Sloane has worked for the agency for more than two decades. He began his career in 1994 as a wildlife culturist at a hatchery in Pecos and went on to become chief of fisheries.Sloane will manage more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $39 million.Sloane was among five candidates considered after a nationwide search.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Raging waters from the Santa Fe River and arroyos have caused damage to Santa Fe homes, city facilities and infrastructure following a heavy rainstorm.More than 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rainfall were reported in some areas of northern Santa Fe county on Monday evening.The storm also caused a power outage in some parts of the city.A Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office spokesman tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that despite flooded arroyos and roadways covered in debris, no serious accidents or injuries were reported as of 9 p.m.

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