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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that calls for New Mexico third graders who don't show proficiency in reading to be held back has stalled in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted Monday to table a proposal that would have had students not reading at grade level repeat the third grade and be given intensive remediation. The move likely kills the bill this session.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is warning lawmakers that it could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed the dairy industry.

Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte testified Monday before the House agriculture committee.

He said producers have been working with the Farm Service Agency to tally losses as the state builds its case for a federal disaster declaration.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators received more than $20,000 in compensation on average in 2015 even though they are not paid a salary.

More than $2.3 million was paid out to state lawmakers to offset personal expenses and travel, according to information from the Department of Finance and Administration obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

House and Senate members collect a daily expense payment that covers work during legislative sessions and committee meetings year-round.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to reform New Mexico's bail bond system has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee approved the proposal from Sen. Peter Wirth, a Santa Fe Democrat, whose changes to the state constitution would allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight risk or danger to the community.

Wirth's proposal also would allow cash-strapped defendants facing non-violent, low-level charges to be released from jail as they await trial.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state's liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.

The proposal from Sen. George Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, could appropriate about $40,000 every month to McKinley County if it passes. The allocations for substance abuse services for the homeless would begin in July.

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Shortly after arriving in Washington for diplomatic meetings this week, Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, stopped by NPR to speak with Morning Edition's David Greene.

Shoukry, a veteran diplomat and former ambassador to Washington, represents the government of Abdel Hassan el-Sisi, a former general who took power in 2013.

New Hampshire prides itself on surprising people with the outcome of its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. This year, though, the top winner in each party was the candidate the polls had long predicted would win.

So if there was any surprise, it was that the candidates those polls had been smiling on were Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Less than a year ago, neither would have been thought a likely candidate, let alone a plausible winner.

We all know live election coverage is hard — you have to cram a lot of quickly changing information into not a lot of time, and sometimes you forget to eat dinner. MSNBC's Chris Hayes must have been hungry, because here's what he said after Bernie Sanders was announced a winner:

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In New Hampshire, the polls have now closed in much of the state, and we are awaiting the results. Officials have been predicting record voter turnout in the state's primary. And here are the voices of just a few of those voters.

Japan is venturing further into the terra incognito of negative interest rates, selling a 10-year government bond that actually costs its purchasers money over time.

In doing so, Japan joins a handful of European countries that have also lowered rates below zero.

The yield on the 10-year note sold by the Bank of Japan dipped to an unprecedented level of negative .05 percent, meaning that anyone who buys it will lose money.

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