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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Political retweets from the official Twitter account of Albuquerque Public Schools are coming under fire from the New Mexico Public Education Department. The recent retweets that have since been deleted invited residents to a campaign event for a Democratic mayoral candidate, urged residents to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch and called for the support of LGBTQ rights in North Carolina.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast. Voters in New Mexico's capital city have until Tuesday to decide whether to levy a new 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that would raise the cost of a six-pack of soda by nearly $1.50.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has launched an investigation into the competitive practices in the cattle industry. Balderas said this week that he is starting the wide-ranging probe after growing concerned historic family-owned farms and ranches may face harmful practices by large-scale, corporate farming operations. He says his office will review current federal regulatory schemes and use New Mexico law to investigate giant, out of state corporations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Middle school students still will be able to compete in basketball, volleyball and track and field under a plan being developed by Albuquerque Public Schools. APS spokeswoman Johanna King said Wednesday that the district is working with principals, coaches and community partners on the plan that would keep competitive sports in middle schools for another year. She said middle schools also will still offer physical education, intramurals and programs that are funded by grants such as flag football, lunchtime basketball, archery, tennis and soccer.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's executive order to review the designation of national monuments on federal lands could scuttle an unapproved land swap with the state of New Mexico designed to generate more local income for education, the state's land commissioner said Wednesday. New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said Trump's order may hinder negotiations to transfer 65 square miles (165 square kilometers) of state land holdings into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in Northern New Mexico.

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If you're one of the many who text, read email or view Facebook on your phone while driving, be warned: Police in your community may soon have a tool for catching you red-handed.

The new "textalyzer" technology is modeled after the breathalyzer, and would determine if you had been using your phone illegally on the road.

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

United Airlines is making changes after a man was forcibly removed from one of its flights earlier this month, promising to cut down on overbooking and raise the maximum incentive for passengers to skip a flight to $10,000.

On the flight that became a public-relations nightmare for the company, compensation for being voluntarily bumped had topped out at $1,000.

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees have endorsed the idea of a short-term spending bill to keep the government open while budget negotiations continue.

The stop-gap spending measure, introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey would and put off the deadline to May 5th.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Political retweets from the official Twitter account of Albuquerque Public Schools are coming under fire from the New Mexico Public Education Department. The recent retweets that have since been deleted invited residents to a campaign event for a Democratic mayoral candidate, urged residents to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch and called for the support of LGBTQ rights in North Carolina.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast. Voters in New Mexico's capital city have until Tuesday to decide whether to levy a new 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that would raise the cost of a six-pack of soda by nearly $1.50.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has launched an investigation into the competitive practices in the cattle industry. Balderas said this week that he is starting the wide-ranging probe after growing concerned historic family-owned farms and ranches may face harmful practices by large-scale, corporate farming operations. He says his office will review current federal regulatory schemes and use New Mexico law to investigate giant, out of state corporations.

Two years ago, when Amanda Gomez could not get financial aid for community college, she decided to enroll part-time at El Paso Community College in Texas. This gave her time to work to pay for her courses.

Being a part-time student has its pros –- mainly a lighter course load. But Gomez feels like she misses out on some important experiences, like being able to stay back after class to talk to her instructors, or study in libraries on campus.

She says the difference was notable when she took a semester as a full-time student.

President Trump has said over and over that creating jobs is at the top of his agenda. It may seem unfair to judge his progress on this goal in his first 100 days, but Trump has opened the door to scrutiny by making his own assertions on job creation.

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