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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault in the death of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is set to be sentenced. Tom Begaye is scheduled Friday to receive life in prison for the May 2016 killing on the Navajo Nation that prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to U.S. tribal communities. Authorities say Begaye lured Ashlynne Mike and her brother into his van in May 2016 before killing the girl and allowing the boy to escape.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing to ensure a federal oversight panel will have the resources it needs to continue monitoring operations at national laboratories and other nuclear sites around the country. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed as part of a major defense spending bill that the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report to Congress each year on what additional resources are needed to ensure that operations at Sandia and Los Alamos labs are safe.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members in response to an order from a New Mexico judge. Church officials said in a statement issued after Wednesday's release that they hope the disclosure along with the recent publication of a list of clergy accused of sexual misconduct will serve as an additional step in healing for survivors, their families and parishioners.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington and San Juan County have decided to intervene in the Public Service Company of New Mexico's Integrated Resource Plan case. The Farmington Daily Times reports both the City Council and the County Commission met Tuesday in closed executive session during their meetings to discuss intervening. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is hearing arguments in the case. State legislators who represent San Juan County intervened in the case earlier this year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposals for expanding movie and television production in New Mexico are on the agenda at a film forum in Santa Fe. The discussion Thursday is designed mix business and politics, as author and producer George R.R. Martin sits down with film-industry experts and Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham. The congresswoman this week proposed lifting a $50 million annual cap on film-production tax credits to boost the industry.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the state's congressional delegation are urging the Trump administration to tap the expertise of national laboratories in New Mexico to help with rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. They sent a letter Wednesday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Elaine Duke, acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department. The letter says the expertise and resources at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories can be leveraged to ensure the U.S. territory is better positioned to prepare for and recover from future natural disasters.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge will allow two former New Mexico daycare owners charged with leaving two children in a hot car to travel out of state. The Eastern New Mexico News reports State District Judge Donna Mowrer granted the travel request for 31-year-old Sandi Taylor and 62-year-old Mary Taylor for a doctor's appointment and a Christmas vacation. The mother and daughter pair were indicted in August on one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and one count of child abuse resulting in death.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former rival has endorsed New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller for Albuquerque mayor. Brian Colon announced Wednesday he was throwing his support behind Keller because of his "strong message." The move comes after Colon came in third in an open mayoral race behind Keller and city council Dan Lewis early this month. Keller and Lewis are set to face each other in a run-off on Nov. 14. Colon, a Democrat, had sought to make the run-off by appealing to Hispanic voters but fell short amid strong backing from liberal whites for Keller, who is also a Democrat.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A second defendant has pleaded guilty in federal court to the sale of fake Native American jewelry that was manufactured in the Philippines. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque confirmed Wednesday that art gallery owner Nael Ali has pleaded guilty to misrepresenting Indian-produced goods in violation of the Indian Arts and Craft Act. Ali was accused of selling fake Indian art at two galleries in the Old Town neighborhood of Albuquerque. He acknowledged attributing jewelry to specific Navajo and Zuni Pueblo craftsman when it was actually made in the Philippines.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman has endorsed former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez for an open congressional seat in central New Mexico. The New Mexico Democrat said Wednesday that Martinez has a "thoughtful and innovative approach" to policy-making and would be a reliable addition to the state's congressional delegation. Martinez says he was honored to receive Bingaman's endorsement and called him a mentor. He worked as an aide to Bingaman before returning to New Mexico and working in then-New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public education secretary announced revisions will be made to proposed school science standards in response to a public outcry against the deletion or omission of references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth, in a statement released Tuesday. Comments at a packed public hearing this week were overwhelmingly critical of state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico might not have the biggest check book, but officials say nearly limitless sunshine, hazard-free weather and a diverse population should put the state's largest city on Amazon's list for consideration. State Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel says sunsets and vistas might not win the project but they'll certainly play a big role in determining quality of life. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has already pointed to the city's 310 days a year of sunshine and other attributes in a letter to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents has renewed the contract for its president for three years. The vote recently voted President Joseph Shepard's new contract, extending his term of employment through June 2021. Under the terms of the contract, performance incentives for five annual objectives were added. Three of the five outcomes are focused on increasing non-state revenue.

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two southeastern New Mexico companies are suing Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn over a policy that governs how much water oil and gas producers can pump from a regional aquifer for their operations. Loco Hills Water Solutions, LLC and Steve Carter, Inc. argue that Dunn has overstepped his authority and is compromising more than $15 million in recent investments in water wells and pipelines.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho city councilor has apologized after she says she accidently sent a text message that contained profanity to a municipal judge. KRQE-TV reports that Judge G. Robert Cook filed an ethics complaint against City Councilor Cheryl Everett after he says she sent him a text with profanity directed at him by name last month. Everett says the judge was critical of the council, but she did not intend to send him the text.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal contract workers are expected to begin mining operations at the nation's nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository. The U.S. Energy Department announced Tuesday that the work to carve out more disposal space from the ancient salt formation where the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is located will begin later this fall. The contractor that runs the repository says the work is expected to be done in 2020.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a U.S. district judge whether Republican Steve Pearce will be allowed to tap nearly $1 million in political contributions he collected while in Congress to use in his gubernatorial run. Judge Judith Herrera heard hours of testimony Monday. She indicated she will make a decision soon on whether to grant Pearce's request for a preliminary injunction to block the secretary of state's office from enforcing limitations on campaign transfers from money raised in non-state races.

CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will now accept certain Native American tribal documents to obtain a state's driver's license with federal REAL ID requirements. The Daily Times of Farmington reports New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division said last week it will accept a Certificate of Indian Blood and an affidavit of birth issued by the Navajo Nation Office of Vital Records instead of a birth certificate. Tribal and state officials announced the changes at a town hall meeting in Crownpoint, New Mexico. The REAL ID Act requires proof of legal U.S.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Enrollment in a southeastern New Mexico oil city has hit another record high. The Hobbs News-Sun reports student enrollment at Hobbs Municipal Schools in Hobbs, New Mexico, has once again surpassed the 10,000 mark. The district reported that as of the 40th day of school, it is serving 10,070 students, an increase of more than 1 percent over the enrollment when school was out last spring. Two years ago the district surpassed the 10,000 students mark for a brief time, but enrollment fell as the oilfield turned sour.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Southern New Mexico has dethroned the central region of the state as New Mexico's No.1 export zone thanks to a booming border port and declining activity at Intel Corp. The Albuquerque Journal reports the U.S. Commerce Department's latest report on exports showed exports from the Albuquerque metropolitan area plummeted 43 percent last year, from $1.76 billion in 2015 to $1 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, Dona Ana County's exports declined by only 1.5 percent, to $1.57 billion, making it the state's largest export zone for the first time.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth. Comments at the hearing overwhelmingly sided against state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. Of the 55 initial speakers, none backed the standards.

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a former bookkeeper for the Eunice Public Schools has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and fraudulent use of a credit card. They say Kristen McLean has been booked into the Lea County Detention Center. It was unclear Monday if she has a lawyer yet. State Police didn't immediately release details about the charges against McLean or when they alleged offenses occurred. After an initial inquiry was completed by the Eunice Public Schools, they requested the State Police for assistance.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Espanola woman who was killed in a car crash in Santa Fe that also left her husband hospitalized with critical injuries. Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials say 71-year-old Lucy Fresques died in a hospital from injuries suffered in last Friday's crash on U.S. 84/285 near the Buffalo Thunder Resort. They say 74-year-old Robert Fresques remains at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for Republican Steve Pearce are seeking a preliminary injunction to tap nearly $1 million in political contributions he collected while in Congress to use in his gubernatorial run. They argued during a hearing in federal court Monday that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, is misinterpreting a state law that limits campaign contributions and is effectively violating Pearce's constitutional rights.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public education secretary is defending new proposed science standards that have been widely criticized for deleting or omitting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the earth. State education official are holding their one and only public hearing Monday to gather comments on the proposed standards. In a public message published Sunday, Public Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski says the new standards will give teachers and families flexibility and local control around science materials, curriculum and content.

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