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GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune. Peter Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in the remote community of Fence Lake, New Mexico, faces 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child, according to a criminal complaint filed August 15.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is defending new pretrial detention policies from legal challenge in federal court by the bail bonding industry. In court filings released on Monday, state judicial officials called the lawsuit a desperate attempt by the bail bonding industry to regain control. New Mexico has begun releasing nonviolent suspects before trial who might otherwise languish in jail only because they cannot afford bail. The policy changes respond to a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new analysis could lead to the merger of public transportation services in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2vSFPuW ) the $150,000 study examined potential efficiencies and service improvements that could be created through coordination between the city's Santa Fe Trails bus system and the more rural North Central Regional Transit District. Santa Fe city councilors and the regional transit board will review the analysis.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorized over $83 million in capital outlay funding for dozens of water infrastructure projects across the state in 2014, and more than one third has yet to be spent. A review by analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee shows 119 projects are classified as closed. That includes some that have been completed and other inactive projects that were de-authorized as part of a move by lawmakers and the governor to balance the state budget. Nearly three-quarters of the projects are for local entities and are overseen by the state Environment Department.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he rammed into a police car and was arrested for his sixth drunken driving offense. The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/YuPNNH ) Leonardo Marquez Jr., was taken into custody Thursday night following allegations that he tried to run over a woman with his silver Cadillac sedan. A criminal complaint says Marquez led police on a high-speed chase. Hobbs police say Marquez eventually struck a patrol car as an officer was exiting to deploy tire-deflation devices.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts. The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/eiX5za) the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third. UNM Press' director of seven years, John Byram, left last month after his contract was not renewed. University leaders are considering a plan to fold the press into the school's library division and outsource its warehouse functions.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of a troubled northern New Mexico city has been placed on leave following grand jury indictments on child abuse and witness intimidation. Española Mayor Alice Lucero told The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/Z2j25Q ) last week she placed Police Chief Matthew Vigil on leave following news of the indictments out of Taos. The grand jury handed down the indictments Thursday in a state District Court in Taos. The Rio Grande Sun first reported the indictments in an online story Friday evening.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One person was shot and injured by an Albuquerque Police Department officer after police fielded calls that someone was threatening people with a gun. Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik says multiple reports were received Saturday that an individual was walking and pointing a gun at people. Drobik says at least one shot was fired by at least one responding officer. Drobik did not say what prompted the officer to fire, but did say a weapon was recovered at the scene. The names of the person shot and the officer who fired at the suspect have not been released.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's major health care providers has settled a secret court case that stemmed from allegations the company cheated the state's Medicaid program out of $300 million. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2vwQNq6 ) former Lovelace Inc. senior executive Duke Rodriguez claims the company collected state gross receipts taxes from Medicaid for services provided to program recipients, even though Lovelace was exempt from paying gross receipts taxes to the state, meaning it pocketed the tax money from Medicaid.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico might not be the perfect spot for viewing the solar eclipse but several state parks and national monuments are still planning viewing parties. Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Other parts will see only a partial eclipse. The celestial event begins in New Mexico at 10:21 a.m. By 11:45 a.m., viewers here will be able to see nearly three-quarters of the sun blotted out by the moon.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say two people are dead and three others were hurt after a stolen vehicle crashed and caught on fire. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's office said the crash happened Friday night when officers started to follow a stolen vehicle that then attempted to elude them while driving recklessly. Officers tried to spike the tires but weren't able to stop the offending vehicle before it crashed into a tow truck. The vehicle caught on fire with four people inside.

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — One New Mexico county has its first female SWAT operator, a reflection of the increasing role of women in police departments across the nation. The Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/2xebBAJ ) earlier this week that San Juan County Deputy Robyn Roe wanted to become a SWAT member because of her military experience. Roe served a tour in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard in 2013 and 2014, where she served as a motor transportation operator. She recently finished a six-year enlistment and in June re-enlisted for another six-year term.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn. In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking. No lying down. No fussing. "It's a time of renewal," said Baldwin, a Navajo woman from Fort Defiance, Arizona.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and nearly a dozen tribes in the state will share more than $660,000 in federal grants for historic preservation projects. The funding is being awarded by the National Park Service to help communities protect historic places, traditions and cultures. The grants require a 40 percent match from states, and 10 percent of state funding is passed through competitive subgrants to local governments. The tribal grants do not require a match.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will continue its push to crack down on drunken drivers through the Labor Day weekend as part of a national effort. The campaign began Friday and will run concurrently with the state's 100 Days and Nights of Summer, in which drivers can expect more DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols and more officers on the road through the end of September. Gov. Susana Martinez says getting drunken drivers off the road is a top priority.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in July, down from 6.4 percent in June and 6.8 percent in July 2016. The state Department of Workforce Solutions' monthly report released Friday says New Mexico's economy added 8,400 jobs between July 2016 and July 2017 but lost 10,000 jobs between June and July of this year. The department says the year-over-year jobs increase saw a loss of 3,100 government jobs partially offset a gain of 11,500 jobs in the private sector.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a female driver pulled over for suspected DWI in Albuquerque tried to breastfeed her child as officers were interviewing her. They say Natasha Abrams failed field sobriety tests Thursday night. It was unclear Friday if she has a lawyer yet. Albuquerque TV station KOB reports (http://bit.ly/2v9rlTW) the woman's 5-month-old child was given to Abrams' parents after they arrived on the scene.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A law firm that for years has provided free legal services to low-income people in the Southwest and won groundbreaking cases for Native Americans is closing three of its nine offices. The firm called DNA is closing New Mexico offices in Crownpoint and Shiprock, and a Utah office in Monument Valley, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2whxJ0l ).

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman during an argument inside a Roswell hotel room. Roswell police filed the criminal complaint in court Friday and obtained an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Jeremy Hawkins, who remains at large. They say Hawkins is facing an open count of murder and four other criminal counts in connection with the death of 31-year-old Ashley Sena of Roswell. Sena is believed to have been Hawkins' girlfriend. Her body was found Aug. 4 in a hotel room. Police say Sena had been shot once in the face.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales wants the city to review its involvement in events that celebrate or recognize historic events and people. His request for the city manager to compile a report follows a rally against racism that prompted hundreds of people to gather on Santa Fe's historic plaza in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The review will include the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe , in which northern New Mexico's Hispanic residents mark the reoccupation of the city by Spanish conquistador Don Diego De Vargas following a Native American revolt.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of killing five people in a June shooting rampage in northern New Mexico has been moved to an undisclosed location after twice attempting to escape. The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/YAFPvK ) reports Damian Herrera was taken away Thursday from the Rio Arriba County jail in Tierra Amarilla and that officials say they either didn't know his location or couldn't comment. One of the escape attempts involved an assault on a guard, and Sheriff James Lujan has called Herrera a danger to the jail.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officers with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department say tips from the public led to the prosecution of a Roswell man on wildlife harassment charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Enrico Amaya pleaded no contest this week to charges that he allegedly chased a herd of pronghorn in a pasture near town with his off-highway vehicle on several occasions. Authorities say continued chasing of the game animals during the summer heat could have led to exhaustion and death. Court records show Amaya was given a suspended 182-day jail sentence during a hearing in magistrate court.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico's largest city say they are on the path to lighting Albuquerque's streets with LED street lights in an effort to save money and protect the night sky from light pollution. A City Council committee this week approved a project that calls for converting more than 20,000 city-owned lights. The $20 million project still needs approval from the full council. Mayor Richard Berry says over the last 12 months, the city has been working with a contractor to develop a master plan for lighting.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows say they're already gearing up for next year's event. They are kicking off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations on Friday with the release of the event's official poster. The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city's convention center. New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent surge in investment income at New Mexico's two major public pension funds will not be enough to address an accumulation of unfunded obligations to retirees, manager of the funds told a panel of lawmakers on Thursday. Double-digit annual returns on stocks and other investments have boosted the pensions' assets to record levels and shortened the timeline somewhat for addressing billions of dollars in unfunded obligations to current and future retirees.

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