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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, waste...

New Mexico Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, talks to a staffer on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

NM Senate OKs bill to stop forcing police to erase evidence

Feb. 17, 2020 7:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would stop police from having to destroy seized electronic evidence obtained through a search warrant but not the target of an investigation has unanimously passed the New Mexico Senate. The proposal approved Sunday seeks to fix a bill passed in 2019 that required law...

In this Jan. 21, 2020, photo, New Mexico Sen. John Sapien, D-Corrales, left, and his aide, Sisto Abeyta, right, greet visitors to the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., before the start of the Legislative Session. Sapien, a Democrat from a swing district, announced Sunday, Feb. 16, he would not seek re-election. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

Key Democratic New Mexico senator won't seek re-election

Feb. 16, 2020 9:15 PM EST

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Sen. John Sapien, a key moderate Democratic senator who represents a swing district outside of Albuquerque and who has been a champion for early childhood education, will not run for re-election. Sapien told The Associated Press on Sunday he concluded during the current...

Statistics show rise in accidental shootings in Albuquerque

Feb. 16, 2020 10:49 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Statistics show accidental shootings are on the rise in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports 37 accidental shootings reported in the city last year compared to 14 recorded in 2018. The figure doesn’t include three suspected accidental shootings in which someone...

Teen arrested at Albuquerque high school with 2 loaded guns

Feb. 15, 2020 5:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was arrested after being found with two loaded guns on the campus of the Albuquerque high school he attends. The sophomore at Atrisco Heritage Academy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and...

Former prosecutor appointed to New Mexico Court of Appeals

Feb. 15, 2020 2:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state and federal prosecutor now in private practice in Albuquerque will be the newest judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office announced Friday her appointment of Shammara Haley Henderson to fill a vacancy created by the Jan. 31...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, the Rio Grande is diverted near San Acacia, N.M. New Mexico lawmakers are considering setting aside $20 million that could be used as seed money as water managers in the arid state scramble to find ways to reduce groundwater pumping that is at the center of a legal battle over one of North America's longest rivers. The ongoing fight over the Rio Grande has pitted Texas and New Mexico against one another before the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico funds could help revamp management of Rio Grande

Feb. 14, 2020 6:36 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering setting aside $20 million that could be used as seed money as water managers, municipalities and farmers scramble to find ways to reduce groundwater pumping that is at the center of a high-stakes legal battle. The fight over the Rio Grande has...

Man arrested in decades-old rapes in California, New Mexico

Feb. 14, 2020 6:32 PM EST

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A man has been arrested in two decades-old rapes in California and New Mexico after authorities in Albuquerque were able to test rape kits that had been untested for years. Van Overton, Jr., was arrested in Albuquerque and extradited to Mountain View on Tuesday in the 2004...

New Mexico sheriff picked for US group on mental illness

Feb. 14, 2020 1:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sheriff in New Mexico's most populous county has been chosen by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to lead a mental health working group that is part of a federal effort to explore issues affecting the ability of law enforcement to reduce crime. Bernalillo County Sheriff...

New Mexico museum tries to find name for robotic tyrannosaur

Feb. 14, 2020 12:07 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is trying to find a name for the robotic version of the Bisti Beast tyrannosaur. The museum in Albuquerque has collected suggestions for names from visitors for months. They have narrowed down the choices to the top five most...