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By GLEN ROSALES, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four University of New Mexico sports are facing the chopping block - including the highly regarded men's soccer program - under a series of recommendations made late Wednesday by university president Garnett S.

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been injured after a battery tank fire at an oil refinery in southern New Mexico.The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a refinery a few miles east of Loving and triggered a hazmat situation.KRQE-TV reports that six tanks caught fire and the area around the refinery was evacuated.Refinery officials say a perimeter at least a mile in all directions has been secured.No other information was immediately released.___Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's child-abuse tracking system has become obsolete since it was launched more than 20 years ago, officials said.Officials told the Albuquerque Journal that the computer system is so difficult to access that they need to take printouts to court or on family visits.Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an Oklahoma woman has been arrested in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck.They say Kelly R. Hardy is accused of voluntary manslaughter.She was booked into jail in Woodward, Oklahoma before being extradited to New Mexico's McKinley County.It was unclear Wednesday if Hardy has a lawyer yet.State Police found 38-year-old Armondo Monroe severely injured on Interstate 40 in Gallup on June 23.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A judge ruled in favor of Los Alamos County, supporting the county's request to bar Sheriff Marco Lucero from performing law enforcement duties.The Los Alamos Monitor reports Lucero's attorney, A.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Documents show the state quickly reached a $200,000 settlement in 2015 with a New Mexico State Police officer who recently has been accused by a former colleague of having gambled while on duty.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state settled with now-former officer Ruben Maynes two months after his attorney informed Gov. Susana Martinez and the police chief that he was investigating claims of harassment and retaliation against them.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERUQE, N.M. (AP) — Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway."There's children bleeding, there's people unconscious," a female caller tells a dispatcher. "They're pulling them out of the bus right now.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a sex offender is back behind bars after picking up a DWI charge while on probation.The New Mexico attorney general's office says James Richard Coca was on probation for possession of child pornography in late May when he was arrested for a DWI.Authorities say that a judge sentenced Coca on Tuesday to about nine months in lockup. He will be under the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections during that time.He also has been ordered to serve a year on parole. 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Businesses in five southern New Mexico counties are now eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans to help offset losses caused by a drought that began earlier this year.The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the loans Tuesday, saying the focus is the economic effects on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered production losses due to the dry conditions.Eligibility is based on financial effects of the disaster and not on property damage.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three jail inmates in Albuquerque have been taken to a hospital after being sickened by an unknown substance.Bernalillo County officials say six inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center complained of being sick around 4:30 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman has pleaded guilty to assaulting three U.S. Postal Service employees last December and could be facing a federal prison sentence of up to 20 years.Prosecutors say 25-year-old Jackie Herron entered her guilty plea Tuesday without a plea agreement.Herron was arrested in February on a three-count indictment charging her with assaulting the postal employees in Bernalillo County last Dec.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials are warning medical marijuana dispensaries against selling cannabidiol produced outside of New Mexico or from plants grown outside the state.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Medical Cannabis Program director Kenny Vigil wrote to dispensaries June 7 that the practice is "in violation of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act and must cease."The act forbids businesses licensed in New Mexico from bringing cannabis or cannabis-derived products into New Mexico.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Remington management has turned down an offer by one of the largest American Indian tribes in the U.S. to buy the storied gun maker as the company rebuilds itself after emerging from bankruptcy.The Navajo Nation submitted a bid in May, offering between $475 million and $525 million. The tribe planned to pay cash.A columnist with The New York Times was first to report on the bid Monday.The Navajos had proposed shifting away from public consumers to police and defense contracts.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a story July 16 about a New Mexico legislative hearing on immigration detention centers in the state, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the company contracted to operate the Otero County Processing Center for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A forecast prepared by the state sentencing commission shows New Mexico's prison system will have more inmates in the next few years than it currently has cells to hold them.While the growth of New Mexico's prison population has slowed, the state is bucking the national trend as its total prison population continues to grow.The correction system is projected to hold 7,192 men by the 2024 fiscal year. That will exceed current capacity by more than five dozen.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A runway at Las Cruces International Airport will be closed for the next 30 days.City officials say Runway 12-30 was being shut down Tuesday to address clearing the Runway Object Free Area and improving safety at the airport.The issue was identified by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector after an inspection in May.Access to runways 8-26 and 4-22 will be unaffected by the Runway 12-30 closure. 

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Leaders from the Navajo Nation say they've begun negotiations with a potential new owner of a coal-fired power plant on their land.The Navajo Generating Station near Page is scheduled to shut down in December 2019.The plant's coal supplier has been leading an effort to find a new owner.Navajo President Russell Begaye says the tribe is negotiating with New York-based Avenue Capital for ownership and one of its subsidiaries, Middle River Power, as an operator.Begaye told lawmakers Monday that an agreement could be ready for them to consider by October.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Investigators with the Navajo Nation are seeking more than $34,000 from the tribe's former legal counsel after she crashed a tribal vehicle and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.The Gallup Independent reports that investigators have filed a complaint with the Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals. The complaint was made public Friday.Karis Begaye, the daughter of Navajo President Russell Begaye, resigned last month.The Arizona Department of Public Safety arrested her April 22 after a crash south of Flagstaff.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The case against a former Hobbs Catholic priest accused of criminal sexual contact has been dismissed.The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criminal charge against former St.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several migrants told New Mexico lawmakers Monday that they were denied medication and adequate treatment while detained inside two different federal immigration facilities in the state.At a legislative hearing in Santa Fe, a man originally from Mexico described being denied care while he was held at Otero County Processing Center. Meanwhile, Joselin Mendez, of Nicaragua, blamed the death of Roxsana Hernandez, a Honduran transgender woman who died in the custody of the U.S.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers have heard testimony about conditions inside federal facilities that house migrants in New Mexico, where the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say the International Folk Art Market ' Santa Fe set a record for sales in 2018.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports CEO Jeff Snell says the market had tallied at least $3.28 million in sales as of Sunday night.