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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.

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — More than a dozen payloads from public schools and other educational organizations around Colorado will be aboard one of the rockets to be launched from Spaceport America during a competition next month. The schools are teaming up with United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace for the June 24 launch at the spaceport in southern New Mexico. Their projects will be launched on a 53-foot-tall, high-power sport rocket dubbed "Future Heavy." Spaceport officials say the annual competition is open to student rocketry teams from across the country and around the world.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico has submitted a new rate proposal after having an earlier one rejected. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the proposal had been sent to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Tuesday. The previous proposal had been rejected by the commission because it wouldn't have affected all customers equally and would have overburdened regulators. The company still seeks a 9.2 percent rate increase throughout the next two years, which would begin in 2018.

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.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico are proposing to increase per-student funding to public schools by $15 in the fall. Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque announced the plan Wednesday to increase spending on public schools across the state by $10 million. She said the spending will be offset by a variety of state revenue increases without offering more specifics.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The New Mexico Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to override Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's veto of funding for all colleges and universities. The Senate voted 26-15 Wednesday on the first day of a special session to overturn the governor's veto of funding colleges and universities as well as hospitals and other programs under their umbrella. But the vote failed short of the votes needed. Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local): 11:00 a.m. A public employees union in New Mexico is pushing back against a Republican plan to shore up state finances by withdrawing pension money earmarked for lawmakers. Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that the proposed withdrawals would affect retirement savings of most state workers and not just legislators.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the University of New Mexico's athletics department is drawing criticism as more details emerge about the use of public money for a 2015 golf trip to Scotland. Athletics director Paul Krebs has said the $65,000 trip was meant to strengthen relationships with donors, but critics have said it should have been paid for by the university's independent fundraising arm, not with athletic department money. UNM and other state universities and colleges have been forced to consider tuition increases and other cuts as the state grapples with a budget crisis.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are converging on the state Capitol for a special session in hopes of resolving a budget crisis. The session begins at noon Wednesday with a focus on restoring vetoed funding to all state colleges and universities. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature have been feuding for months over how to fill a shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The longest serving member of the University of New Mexico regents has resigned from the school's governing board after 18 years. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Regent Jack Fortner submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday. Fortner's most recent six-year term expired last December, but regents can continue serving until their replacement is confirmed by the New Mexico Senate. Fortner told the Journal that he didn't want to be a distraction to the university.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who authorities say shot a Clovis police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced Tuesday that a jury returned a guilty verdict against Anthony Baca. Police say the 35-year-old Baca shot Officer Chris Caron while escaping arrest on a failure to appear warrant. Authorities say a bullet grazed Caron's thigh and he returned to work shortly after the shooting.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says it has completed a $5.6 million project to boost electric capacity in one stretch of southeastern New Mexico. The utility says the infrastructure improvements will help the agricultural areas north of Hobbs, where irrigation and dairy customers were experiencing voltage fluctuations due to their distance from the power source and the strain on existing substations in the area.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a Silver City man has been arrested in a domestic dispute. They say 40-year-old Michael Aguirre was taken into custody Monday after a vehicle crash on State Road 90 in Grant County. State Police say Aguirre allegedly caused the crash by deliberately forcing another vehicle off the road. He then allegedly threatened the passengers in the other vehicle, who are family members. State Police say Aguirre tried to gain access to the vehicle with knife and then fled the scene on foot. He was found hiding under a bush by Silver City police.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic House speaker Brian Egolf says the New Mexico Legislature will not vote on a major tax reform proposal backed by the state's Republican governor during a special legislative session. Egolf on Tuesday said that too much time has passed without a final version of the legislation or a fiscal analysis for lawmakers review. The Legislature convenes Wednesday at noon to address a state budget crisis. Republican Rep.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has decided a former school board official will not be getting restitution for public outcry aimed at him in 2009. Monday's ruling affirms a state District Court decision and overturns a state Court of Appeals decision, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2qTpVMR ). Arsenio Cordova had been vice president of the Taos Municipal School District board when a group of school staff, parents and board members wanted to recall him.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in the case of a former New Mexico deputy who was accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy during an alcohol-fueled dispute. The judge gave jurors their instructions Tuesday before prosecutors and defense attorneys prepared to deliver closing arguments in the retrial of Tai Chan, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2q7zkU1) the trial wrapped up Friday with Chan taking the witness stand.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program. A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years and with it would go millions of dollars in grants for reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. Landmarks Illinois director Frank Butterfield says small communities could miss out on much needed economic development funding.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in the case of a former New Mexico deputy who was accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy during an alcohol-fueled dispute. The judge gave jurors their instructions Tuesday before prosecutors and defense attorneys prepared to deliver closing arguments in the retrial of Tai Chan, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2q7zkU1) the trial wrapped up Friday with Chan taking the witness stand.

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