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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The percentage of New Mexico students who graduate high school is holding steady at 71 percent, and state education officials said they were particularly encouraged that the rate among Hispanic students has climbed more than 10 percent since 2011. Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski released the latest statistics Friday, saying there have been improvements for the state's Hispanic, black, low-income and disabled students. The graduation rate for Hispanic students in 2011 was less than 60 percent.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team of special prosecutors has cleared the former Albuquerque police officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman in April 2014. The team headed by special prosecutor Michael Cox announced Tuesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Jeremy Dear for the shooting death of Mary Hawkes. In a letter to Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier, the prosecutors say it is impossible prove that Dear did not believe Hawkes posed a threat when he opened fire.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque. State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review. The state auditor and city's inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A group of religious residents in a southeastern New Mexico city is rallying around a Ten Commandments monument from public property. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the residents crowded a commissioners' meeting this week in Hobbs, New Mexico, to speak out against a another group's effort to take down the marker. The move came after members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said the Hobbs monument violated the separation of church and state.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they found two bodies in southern Santa Fe County, in an investigation that apparently started after a rancher discovered a dead woman stuffed into a garbage container along the road near his home. The Santa Fe County sheriff's office says the rancher, Fidel Montoya of Stanley, found the deceased woman Monday, and calls the deaths "suspicious." The bodies have been sent to the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

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California's attorney general has charged five former and current employees of the Panoche Water District in central California with felonies, including using public funds for personal items and illegally burying barrels of hazardous waste.

A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Sergeeva, a bobsled athlete, failed a drug test for a banned heart drug, the Russian Bobsled Federation announced on Friday.

Sergeeva failed a test on Feb. 18, the federation said on its Facebook page. It adds, "A few days before that, on Feb. 13, her sample was clean."

The federation says that the bobsledder does not have a prescription for the drug.

Its location isn't a secret, and neither are its ties to Russia – but a visitor can be forgiven for feeling a bit surreptitious on arriving at the Sports House, a party hall for Russian Olympic fans to meet at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

After all, the Russian Olympic Committee is in the doghouse. It was suspended in December, and dozens of its athletes are banned. It had also been widely reported before the Olympics that Russia wouldn't be among the dozen or so countries to open a hospitality venue during the Games.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque. State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review. The state auditor and city's inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A group of religious residents in a southeastern New Mexico city is rallying around a Ten Commandments monument from public property. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the residents crowded a commissioners' meeting this week in Hobbs, New Mexico, to speak out against a another group's effort to take down the marker. The move came after members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said the Hobbs monument violated the separation of church and state.

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All this week, we've heard the voices of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - survivors of the mass shooting there - calling for tighter gun control, like student Cameron Kasky.

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As the Trump administration sees it, U.S. steel and aluminum industries are in crisis, rapidly losing ground to foreign competitors and hemorrhaging jobs along the way.

But proposed import tariffs and quotas have other manufacturers worried that they'll become less competitive in the global marketplace.

How the administration responds to the problem is something Mark Vaughn is watching very closely.

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