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New Mexico pushes census participation to safeguard funding

Aug. 24, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pushing forward with a multimillion-dollar effort to encourage participation in the U.S. census to preserve federal funding for schools, health care and various public benefits. The state launched its "I Count New Mexico" website Friday that includes a video message from...

New Mexico high school to build 'tiny houses'

Aug. 24, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A western New Mexico high school is making plans to become a tiny house factory to build affordable housing in a city near the Navajo Nation. Hiroshi Miyamura High School in Gallup will begin a program to teach students about building tiny homes and the business behind them, the Gallup...

Officer of the Year relishes working busy bar break shift

Aug. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It's just after 1 a.m. on a Saturday night in late July, and the bars surrounding the 14th and O streets intersection are hopping. Lincoln Police Officer Andrew Vocasek stands just off the corner with a smile on his face, watching as hordes of buzzed and drunk patrons cross the...

Hobbs officer fatally shot suspect

Aug. 23, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Hobbs police department officer. They say the officer fatally shot 46-year-old Roberto Mata of Carlsbad at a convenience store on Thursday. Police say Mata also fired shots but it's unclear what led up to the shooting or...

Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico

Aug. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico forged ahead Friday with construction of taller border fencing funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump. The work on his hallmark campaign promise involves mostly replacement fencing along a 46-mile stretch of...

New Mexico county transfers 2 SUVs to neighboring agency

Aug. 23, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county has given two of its old sheriff's office SUVs to a neighboring county in need of two police vehicles. The Gallup Independent reports McKinley County commissioners this week approved the vehicle transfer to the Cibola County Sheriff's Office. McKinley County...

New Mexico limits providers to 1,750 marijuana plants

Aug. 23, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will limit licensed medical marijuana providers to 1,750 mature cannabis plants, a drop from the 2,500 plants allowed under an expiring emergency state rule. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that the new rules adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel take...

Lawsuit takes on 180-day gag order on New Mexico settlements

Aug. 23, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman wants a judge to throw out a New Mexico state law making it a crime to reveal civil settlement details with a state agency before a set period. Shani Madden filed the lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a 180-day gag order on settlements that have been...

Smash it! Albuquerque 1st 'rage room' opens

Aug. 23, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city is the latest to play host to a new business that allows people to unleash their rage. The ABQ Rage Room opened Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the new venture will allow visitors to come into a room and break all sorts of items with weapons. For...

New Mexico's oil region schools see another enrollment spike

Aug. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A school district in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil and gas region continues to see record enrollment. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Hobbs Municipal Schools recorded enrollment at 10,615 on the fifth day of school this academic year. That's nearly 300 more students than the...