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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by the U.S. Department of the Interior and Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) Pueblo in a dispute over a gaming compact with New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2q7sclV ) Sunday that the court blocked the department from taking any action in the dispute, which is between the pueblo and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration. The two parties disagree about the amount of money the tribe should have to hand over to the state from its gambling operations.

BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Asserting that Hispanics are routinely kept from key positions, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce wants to know why its outgoing CEO has not been named to the board of New Mexico's largest university. In a letter sent last week to Sen. Linda Lopez, the business group asked why she failed to hold a confirmation hearing for Alex Romero. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez nominated Romero in February to the University of New Mexico's Board of Regents. But the nomination has been held up by the Senate Rules Committee, which is chaired by Lopez.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man awaiting trial in state court in the 2015 fatal shooting of an Albuquerque police officer and already sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal weapons convictions now faces even more time behind bars. A federal judge on Monday sentenced Davon Lymon to 18 years in prison to be served consecutively to the 20-year-old sentence that Lymon received April 5. The latest sentence comes on heroin trafficking and firearms convictions. The previous federal sentence was for convictions for possession of a stolen gun and being felon in possession of firearms.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico is halting a stipend program for teachers who host student assistants in their classrooms due to budget reasons. The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2oo7XEf) Monday that the university's College of Education recently announced it would temporarily stop payments to student teachers who help mentor and prepare UNM students pursuing education careers. The stipend program offers student teachers $50 or $100 each. The program costs less than $10,000 per year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Since New Mexico began complying with tougher federal identification requirements, hundreds of state residents have legally changed their names or amended their birth certificates to prove their identities. New Mexico started issuing new licenses last year that meet federal REAL ID Act requirements. The state also offers driving authorization cards to residents who don't have the identity documents needed for a new license, including immigrants in the country illegally.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque authorities say a 1-year-old child has drowned at a home. Police say the child drowned after falling into a pool Sunday night. According to police, the death doesn't appear to be suspicious but is under investigation because it involves a death of a child.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has received a federal grant to assist its transportation division in identifying areas of improvement for Navajo Route 36. The highway is about 29 miles long and runs between Farmington and Shiprock. It provides access to several chapters, residences, farms and schools in addition to the Four Corners Power Plant and the Northern Edge Casino.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A teenager has been arrested for allegedly threatening employees of an Albuquerque supermarket with a machete and punching one of them. Albuquerque police say the 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on Saturday night. The Associated Press is not releasing his name because he's a juvenile. Police say the teen is charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the incident Monday at an Albertson's store.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bond has been set at $100,000 for an Albuquerque man father accused of shaking his baby boy. According to court documents, Anthony Serna told police he was playing with the 3-month-old when his eyes rolled back and mucus started coming out of the child's mouth. Serna says he tried to wake the baby by shaking him for 10 seconds. That's when the boy's body stiffened up, so he put him down and called 911.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former plant owned by a mining and construction equipment company in Santa Fe will become the new site of Meow Wolf's creative exhibits as the arts production business expands nationally. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2pSIEY8) Thursday that Meow Wolf purchased the former Caterpillar facility where workers assembled engine components up until the plant's closure last year. The space will now become a fabrication, welding, wood shop, art, design and manufacturing facility.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Albuquerque boy with autism who went missing earlier this week is safe and is being reunited with his family. They say Xander Mares went missing Tuesday night. Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies made contact with the boy Friday afternoon and confirmed he's physically OK. The boy's father told KOB-TV that his son was being bullied at school and got into a fight Tuesday and was then suspended for three days. James Mares says he thinks his son decided to run away from home because he got embarrassed.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities say a 50-year-old woman on probation for aggravated DWI was arrested on suspicion of again committing that crime while crashing her car several times in her trailer park. The Sheriff's Department says deputies arrested Diane Tarr late Friday after she returned from a fast-food run. According to the department, neighbors reported seeing Tarr crash her vehicle into a gas line, a water line and another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are trying to identify a machete-wielding man who punched a supermarket employee in an incident that led to a serious collision involving a family and an officer hurrying to the store last Monday evening. Police described the suspect as African American, about 18 years old, 5-foot-6 with a medium build and said he was wearing a red shirt, jeans and carrying a gray and black backpack. Police said the suspect charged and punched an Albertsons employee after yelling at the employee and a security guard.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities say a 50-year-old woman on probation for aggravated DWI was arrested on suspicion of again committing that crime while crashing her car several times in her trailer park. The Sheriff's Department says deputies arrested Diane Tarr late Friday after she returned from a fast-food run. According to the department, neighbors reported seeing Tarr crash her vehicle into a gas line, a water line and another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two teenage boys have been arrested in the beating death of a 62-year-old woman during a burglary in Torrance County. Court documents indicate the youths ages 16 and 17 were arrested in the April 6 killing of Deborah "Debbie" Michele Zeutzius of Edgewood. Her husband found her dead in a backyard workshop after returning to their home and finding it had been ransacked and her car missing. According to court documents, the youths face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, larceny of a firearm and other crimes.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new group of entrepreneurs has emerged in the Las Cruces business scene, and they're too young to drive themselves to the office. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2oU5tMu) the roughly 40 junior executives from the Acton Academy will be participating in a nationwide Children's Business Fair on Saturday during the downtown Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market. The academy students, ages 6 to 14, will be introducing various projects for sale, which include arts and crafts, spa services, custom-crafted woodwork, jewelry and other items.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a 62-year-old woman is dead after being struck and pinned under her own car in what appears to be an accident. Police say investigators believe Jill Thompson mistakenly started the car while the automatic transmission was in reverse instead of park and that she then was struck as the car drove in reverse while she was opening gates at the end of the driveway Thursday. According to police, investigators placed the car's transmission in reverse and turned on the ignition, which started the car.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has partnered with a nonprofit to introduce a financial assistance program for small and local businesses along Central Avenue. The program is called Central Loan Fund and it currently has $700,000 in donations. The fund will give low-interest loans of up to $15,000 for businesses who qualify. If recipients of the loans meet certain conditions, their loans could be forgiven. The city says the program hopes to meet the growing needs of Central Avenue's most vulnerable businesses impacted by the construction of a public transit project.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County is looking for a permanent jail chief to run the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque. The man hired for the job last summer backed out at the last minute and the Metropolitan Detention Center has been under the temporary leadership of Tom Ruiz. Bernalillo County says it has successfully reduced inmate population and is improving medical care, overhauling mental health services and increasing staff and inmate safety. MDC has had issues with jail conditions that led to a settlement after a years-long federal lawsuit.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is hosting passport fairs around New Mexico over the next two weekends to speed up the process for customers looking to get them. USPS says it'll hold two fairs at Albuquerque's main post office on Broadway Boulevard NE and at the Roswell post office on Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another two fairs will be at the Aztec post office and at the Farmington one on April 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has partnered with a nonprofit to introduce a financial assistance program for small and local businesses along Central Avenue. The program is called Central Loan Fund and it currently has $700,000 in donations. The fund will give low-interest loans of up to $15,000 for businesses who qualify. If recipients of the loans meet certain conditions, their loans could be forgiven. The city says the program hopes to meet the growing needs of Central Avenue's most vulnerable businesses impacted by the construction of a public transit project.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who was in a car that collided with an Albuquerque police officer responding to a call has died. A woman and her two children were taken to the hospital after the Monday crash. Police say the officer suffered a broken leg and broken ankle. Police say the boy was taken off life support on Thursday and died shortly after. The girl remains in critical condition, while their mother is recovering. Albuquerque police say the officer's lights and sirens were on as he headed to a call involving a man armed with a machete at a grocery store.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the state budget crisis in New Mexico (all times local): 4:50 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says lawmakers are suing her because they want to raise taxes and that she won't back down. Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan said Friday the Legislature is attempting to bully the Republican governor and avoid compromise in a standoff over the state's financial crisis.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Curbing suicide among military veterans and boosting access to mental health care are among the top priorities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn said Friday. Blackburn, an Army veteran, said staffing shortages when it comes to mental health and other specialties were among the concerns he heard about while meeting with patients, doctors and others at New Mexico's largest VA medical center.

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