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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has approved a plan to raise tuition for its upper-level courses and graduate students. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qgkbQr ) that rather than an across-the-board percentage tuition hike, the school's Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that increases tuition by $18 per credit hour on upper-level courses. Administrators say the plan means more than half of the university's undergraduate population will not receive tuition raises.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man is being treated for burns following an explosion in an apartment in southeast Albuquerque. Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero says a burned man in his 40s was found a couple of blocks away from the apartment about an hour after the explosion occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday. Romero says nobody was in the apartment when firefighter arrived and that Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of the explosion. No additional information was released on the man or his burns.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Council has been asked to approve an agreement between the tribe and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station to extend the operations of the power plant in northern Arizona. Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates says he and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye support having the coal-fired plant in Page remain in operation through 2019 and beyond. The plant's owners announced in February they plan to close it in December 2019 when their lease expires, citing the availability of less expensive power generated by burning natural gas.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say they have reached an agreement with a New Mexico onion farm accused of discrimination. The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday it had entered a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor in Deming, New Mexico, for giving special preference to foreign visa workers. Justice Department investigators say Carrillo Farm denied U.S. citizens employment in 2016 because it wanted to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation proposal would designate a portion of U.S. Highway 491 in honor of the prominent Navajo leader Chief Manuelito. The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico, reports a bill sponsored by a member of the Navajo Nation Council would renamed the portion between Monticello, Utah, and Gallup, New Mexico, after Chief Manuelito Atiin. Atiin is the Navajo word for highway. On the Navajo Nation, the highway travels through various Navajo communities, including Shiprock and Newcomb.

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At 43 years old, Katina Johnson is planning her high school graduation party. It's been about thirty years since she dropped out of middle school when she found out she was pregnant.

Even before then, though, she'd never had a stable education. Her mother was addicted to drugs and moved her around a lot before she died when Johnson was just 12 years old. "That was the last time I even seen the inside of a school," she says.

Body cameras are spreading fast through American policing, and they're generating an ocean of video. Axon, a company that provides secure cloud storage for police departments, says it's received more than 4 million hours' worth of video uploads from its clients.

The Trump Organization appears to be making only a limited effort to live up to President Trump's promise to give the U.S. Treasury all foreign profits from his hotels and resorts, according to documents released in recent days.

Trump made the promise in mid-January as a way to avoid violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits a president from accepting gifts and payments from foreign governments.

Jason Cisneroz, a community service officer in Houston, is troubled. His job in the nation's fourth largest city is to forge good relations between the police and Hispanic immigrants, a population typically wary of blue uniforms.

"A couple of days ago there was a witness to a burglary of a motor vehicle," he said. "She saw the suspects run to a certain place and with items they stole from a car, but she was afraid to come to police, she was in fear they would ask for her papers."

A video went viral earlier this week showing a sea lion grabbing a 6-year-old Canadian girl's dress and pulling her into the water from a dock in Richmond, British Columbia.

The girl's fast-acting grandfather jumped into the harbor and pulled her to safety.

During the ordeal, she received a superficial wound and is being treated for a possible bacterial infection.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Despite resistance from the governor, New Mexico lawmakers pushed forward with a string of tax and fee increases Wednesday during a special legislative session to restore funding for higher education and the Legislature. Two-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature have been feuding for months over how to fill a budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax hikes, while vetoing $765 million in state spending.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A bill that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature is headed to the governor's desk for consideration. With a final 37-4 vote of the Senate on Wednesday, the Legislature agreed to restore $765 million in funding that was vetoed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this year. For the spending measures to take effect, lawmakers still must approve revenue increases that the governor may be willing to sign.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A bill aimed at increasing New Mexico state tax income from online sales and nonprofit hospitals has been approved by the House of Representatives. The House voted 37-29 Wednesday on the budget-balancing measures. The bill also would create a new state rainy day fund from future oil and natural gas proceeds for use during future fiscal emergencies.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Legislation that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature itself has cleared its first hurdle. Members of the House Appropriations Committee voted mostly along party lines in favor of restoring some $765 million in funding that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez as part of a budget dispute following the regular legislative session earlier this year.

Oil producers across the country are watching to see what OPEC does at its meeting in Vienna this week, since the cartel of oil-exporting countries has recently played a big role in turning around a two-year U.S. slump.

There are more than twice as many U.S. rigs drilling for oil as a year ago, a turnaround that's felt keenly in places like the Bakken oil patch in North Dakota. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are flying off the shelves of the gas station Angela Neuman manages in the town of Williston.

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