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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca says he wants New Mexico lawmakers to become paid politicians to help eliminate financial conflicts of interest between their legislative duties and outside careers.Apodaca said Thursday that he supports reforms to provide state legislators with a full-time salary and lengthen legislative sessions that currently last 60 days or less.Limited safeguards against self-enrichment in the nation's only unsalaried legislature are under scrutiny in the wake of a corruption trial against a former state Sen.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of two people in Albuquerque (all times local):12:50 p.m.Authorities in Colorado say deputies shot and wounded a man wanted in a double homicide in New Mexico.The shooting happened Thursday morning outside a Walmart in Fort Morgan, a small city on Colorado's Eastern Plains about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Denver.In a statement, the city's public safety chief, Paul Schultz, says the suspect's car, which was stolen, was found in the store's parking lot.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating two deaths are being called a double homicide.Police say no one is in custody and that a resident called police Thursday morning after discovering the bodies at an apartment complex in Northwest Albuquerque.No additional information is immediately available. 

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Officials in eastern New Mexico have broken ground on a project aimed at expanding and renovating a county jail that has had its share of problems.Talk of upgrading the Curry County Adult Detention Center first started in 2008 after a string of inmate escapes.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The primary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will not be working by Memorial Day despite plans to have renovations done ahead of the holiday weekend.Park officials said Wednesday that completion of the work has been pushed back to June 15. The contractor was working 10-hour days, seven days a week in an effort to finish by May 25 but more time was needed.The primary elevator system was originally installed in 1955 and went out of service in November 2015 when a motor shaft sheared off.

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An Australian woman was sentenced to die by a Malaysian appeals court on Thursday after being convicted of drug trafficking in the country.

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto's lawyer says the ruling will be appealed.

"An appeal will be filed in the Federal Court — the final appeal," lawyer Muhamed Shafee told CNN.

Exposto, 54, was arrested in December 2014 in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on her way home to Sydney from Shanghai.

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Feel like packing up everything you own and moving to a big city?

The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday, indicate you're most likely to be thinking of relocating from the Northeast to one of the fastest growing large cities in the South. Specifically, to Texas where seven of the nation's fastest growing cities are located.

Things were going terribly wrong. Ato Boropi could feel it.

Dozens of villagers had squeezed next to each other on the floor of a one-room church perched on a mountain in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Several more huddled along the walls outside, as rain pummeled the corrugated metal roof.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told NPR in an interview that he continues to support the Mueller Russia investigation — and that nothing in Thursday's hotly anticipated secret briefing on the Russia probe to congressional leaders changed his mind.

It's not your imagination. A recent spike in home runs has hit professional baseball.

In 2015, Major League Baseball's home run rate averaged 1.01 per game (it had been 0.86 the year before). In 2016, it grew to 1.16. Last year it was 1.26.

Theories have abounded as to why, many centering on the balls having been altered, or "juiced."

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