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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Carlos Matta Heredia of Phoenix received a 63-month prison term Wednesday in a Las Cruces court, followed by three years of supervised release. Heredia was arrested last May after authorities found about six pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Luna County.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of killing his family in Roswell last summer has been extradited and is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas made the announcement Wednesday. Juan David Villegas-Hernandez was taken into custody by Sonora state police in June after investigators in Roswell said the 34-year-old shot and killed his wife, Cynthia Villegas, and their four daughters. The bodies were discovered by relatives who stopped by the family's home after not hearing from them for several days.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month combined to create a weather phenomenon called a flash drought. The conditions resulted in dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could compromise drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs. Flash droughts leave top layers of soil bone dry. Other affected areas include pockets of Arizona and Utah plus northern California and parts of the Midwest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The top prosecutor for New Mexico's most populous judicial district wants the state Supreme Court to clarify the circumstances under which certain defendants can be held without bail pending trial. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez announced Wednesday that he'll be filing a writ with the high court. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nklO9Z) that Torrez's move came after he watched a federal proceeding in which a U.S. magistrate ordered Paul Salas held pending trial. Salas is accused of 47 armed robberies in the Albuquerque area.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A man found guilty of a grisly Las Vegas killing has been committed to 20 years at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/2njKoYB ) that 49-year-old Ricky Quintana was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 2003 death of Michael Grube. He was convicted through evidentiary hearings after he was found unfit to stand trial. Grube's body was found nearly decapitated in April 2003. He suffered more than 50 blunt-force and sharp-force injuries and his genitals had been removed.

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Scott Pruitt, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a quandary.

A federal court has ordered him to decide by midnight on Friday whether to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Obama administration proposed this ban back in 2015.

On Saturday morning a team of six aid workers from the Grassroots Education and Development Organisation in South Sudan decided to get an early start on their day.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has generated plenty of controversy since it opened last fall.

But concerns about President Trump's conflicts of interest might not be enough to stop his company from opening a second hotel in the nation's capital.

Muslim children are more likely to be bullied in school than children of other faiths. A new survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) reveals that 42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jewish and 20 percent of Protestant parents.

These results confirm recent findings by other research and advocacy groups showing that bullying of students of color is on the rise.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A man found guilty of a grisly Las Vegas killing has been committed to 20 years at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/2njKoYB ) that 49-year-old Ricky Quintana was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 2003 death of Michael Grube. He was convicted through evidentiary hearings after he was found unfit to stand trial. Grube's body was found nearly decapitated in April 2003. He suffered more than 50 blunt-force and sharp-force injuries and his genitals had been removed.

Canyon Mansfield and his dog were walking the ridge line near his house in Pocatello, Idaho, when the 14-year-old spotted a curious device that looked like a sprinkler nestled in the ground.

A federal judge levied two punishments over the "Bridgegate" tale of political retaliation in New Jersey Wednesday, sentencing former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to two years in prison and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, to 18 months.

The sentencing comes months after Baroni and Kelly were found guilty of crimes that included conspiracy and fraud.

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

I was in the mood for reading "lite" this week. It was a nice fleeting thought. Instead, I took a detour because I got curious about Daniel Magariel's slim debut novel, One of the Boys, which is adorned with raves from writers who mostly don't generate such blurbs.

I found myself reading the novel in one still afternoon. A slim, deeply affecting and brutal story, One of the Boys is about the fierce power of a father-son relationship, which, in these pages, all but grinds a young boy to a pulp.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes are going up for residents of Bernalillo County. The Bernalillo County commissioners voted Tuesday to raise the gross receipts tax, a move that is expected to raise $30 million in revenue. The increase of three-sixteenths of 1 cent on the receipts tax will add 18.75 cents to the cost of a $100 purchase. It does not require voter approval. The tax increase goes into effect July 1. In total the gross receipt tax moves from 7.3125 percent to 7.5 percent in the Albuquerque city limits and from 6.25 to 6.4275 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

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