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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was in prison for 10 years and deported to Mexico for killing his girlfriend is getting a new trial for the woman's death. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2ouxNCi) Jose Vallecillo's 1995 conviction in the death of Deborah Anaya was tossed out in January after he told the judge that his past lawyer failed to tell him that his no-contest plea would send the then-legal resident back to Mexico after his jail time. Vallecillo says he would not have taken the plea if he had known it would lead to deportation.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union plans to move a regional center on border rights to El Paso, Texas, from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The ACLU says it will move the regional office 46 miles (74 kilometers) south to El Paso in September to expand its presence and influence in the region and that it'll keep a small presence in Las Cruces. The office is a collaboration of ACLU affiliates in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and San Diego.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and the National Hispanic Cultural Center will be having a party to celebrate the issuance of a new series of stamps dedicated to the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine. The dedication ceremony for the Delicioso Forever Stamps will be held in April at the cultural center in Albuquerque. The stamps feature bright illustrations of tamales, flan, empanadas, chile rellenos, ceviche and the traditional soup sancocho.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers in New Mexico, California and Maryland are working with public school nurses in hopes of curbing suicide rates within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by making school grounds safer. University of New Mexico pediatrics professor Mary Ramos and colleagues at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and the University of California-San Diego are leading the four-year project. The researchers note that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state Cabinet secretary says New Mexico is only a few steps away from being able to backfilling a giant underground cavern before it collapses underneath a community of mobile homes and critical transportation routes in southern New Mexico. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen said Monday that his agency will be prepared as soon as July to help commission engineering plans to shore up a cavity left by the extraction of a salt formation. The formation has been washed away to use as brine by the oil and gas industry for drilling operations.

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For-profit colleges have faced federal and state investigations in recent years for their aggressive recruiting tactics — accusations that come as no surprise to author Tressie McMillan Cottom.

One of Germany's largest banks mistakenly sent more than $5 billion to other banks, according to German media. It's not the first stumble for state-owned development bank KfW, which famously sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Lehman Brothers on the same day the U.S. bank filed for bankruptcy.

11:35 a.m. Dozens of Democrats are rallying outside a luncheon during which Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to discuss the outcome of New Mexico's recently concluded legislative session. They're chanting "sign the budget" and holding signs that read "save our schools," ''no more cuts" and "invest in our kids." Democrats have criticized Martinez for not wanting to sign the budget, saying she's putting the state in danger of at least a partial shutdown. Martinez herself has imposed a state hiring freeze for all non-critical jobs to save cash amid the budget debate.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The outcome of a contentious legislative session and a continued political standoff over the state budget will likely be on the agenda as Gov. Susana Martinez addresses a group of real estate professionals, developers and business leaders. Martinez is scheduled to speak Monday in Albuquerque at a luncheon organized by the local chapter of NAIOP, an association of commercial real estate developers. Martinez has warned that she won't sign the $6.1 billion budget approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature earlier this month.

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President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is going to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meetings with Russian officials, Senate sources tell NPR.

The committee is looking into Russia's attempt to meddle in last year's presidential election, as well as possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Airlines have surprisingly strict dress codes for people traveling on "buddy passes," and astonishingly tone-deaf explanations.

Those are two takeaways from a story on Sunday that prompted shock and outrage on social media.

President Trump continues to own hundreds of businesses around the world, and he has staffed his administration with wealthy people who have ties to a complex web of companies. Those financial entanglements have prompted government ethics experts to raise concerns about conflicts of interest.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say they cannot arrest the man they suspect of writing the word terrorist in front of a Muslim man's store. Business owner Mohamed "Ziggy" Rzig says he found the word written in chalk outside the Pyramid Cafe on Sunday. Santa Fe Police Department Lt. Sean Strahon says the act is not being considered a hate crime and because no physical damages were made, prosecutors cannot press charges. Rzig says a man to his cafe Saturday upset and called him and his employees terrorists.

A new report shows that the refugee crisis hasn't slowed down — and people don't always end up where you think.

The flow of refugees is steadily increasing, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As of mid-2016, there were 16.5 million refugees globally, 5 million more than in mid-2013. More than 30 percent of all refugees as of mid-2016 came from Syria, the largest source of global refugees.

An avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort midmorning on Monday, overwhelming a student mountaineering exercise and leaving at least eight people with no vital signs, according to local authorities. Some 40 other students and teachers were injured in the avalanche, which hit the area in Tochigi Prefecture, nearly 100 miles north of Tokyo.

As the BBC notes, Japanese rescue officials typically will not pronounce victims dead until they receive confirmation from doctors at a hospital.


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