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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has told business and community leaders that the city is facing a budget deficit as gross receipts tax revenues fail to come in at the rate projected in the spending plan approved by the City Council earlier this year. The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Keller said the last administration did a lot for the city's infrastructure, but also left his administration some unfinished business. Keller said the budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, was based on 3 percent gross receipts tax growth.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is rewriting its policy against sexual harassment in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked. A panel of lawmakers plans to publish and discuss a first draft of proposed anti-harassment rules on Friday in Santa Fe. The current policy was adopted in 2008 and relies on the heads of legislative agencies or chief clerks to vet complaints.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are beginning to file legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session that starts in January. Friday marks the first day to introduce bills for a 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 15. Anti-crime proposals and budgetary changes expected to dominate the agenda. Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for her final year in office and is expected to back public safety legislation and push other longstanding priorities such as tax reform.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona. Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott. Tribal officials say Draper lived in Chinle, Arizona. Draper and other Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original 29 who developed the code. He was part of the 5th Marine Division, fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart as well as a Congressional Silver Medal.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the last member of a Taos County-based drug trafficking ring to plead guilty faces up to eight years and four months in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 43-year-old Jason Duran of Albuquerque pleaded guilty Wednesday to an information charging him conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. According to the office, Duran acknowledged conspiring with others to distribute heroin in Taos County from 2012 through 2015. Eight co-defendants have also pleaded guilty.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state attorney general's office and advocacy groups have brokered an agreement with a utility that is planning to build a massive wind farm near the Texas-New Mexico border to ensure that businesses and vendors will have a shot at being hired once construction begins. Xcel Energy and its subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. are seeking regulatory approval to build two new wind farms — one on the New Mexico side of the border in Roosevelt County and the other in Hale County, Texas.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in energy production in New Mexico have signed on to a national effort within the oil and gas industry to curb methane emissions as pressure mounts for states to enact more pollution laws. The move comes as the U.S. Interior Department announced it would delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from production on federal lands.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is suspending most social events by its fraternity and sorority chapters for the next two months. The suspension comes after three fraternities were placed on "emergency suspension" while they are being investigated for allegations of hazing and alcohol violations. According to a Dec. 8 memo from Vice President of Student Affairs Eliseo Torres, the "social restriction" will continue through Feb. 19. During this time Greek organizations will not be allowed to hold events on or off campus that are open to anyone besides their own members.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state police chief has recommended that the board that handles officer misconduct cases allow members of the public to search for information about cases online instead of requiring them to make public records requests to get the information. "I think that when the board takes action regarding someone's certification, we should be very clear what decisions are being made — whether that officer was cleared and those charges were dismissed or whether they were upheld," state police chief Pete Kassetas said Tuesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in energy production in New Mexico have signed on to a national effort within the oil and gas industry to curb methane emissions as pressure mounts for states to enact more pollution laws. The move comes as the U.S. Interior Department announced it would delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from production on federal lands.

The University of New Mexico is considering taking over the soon-to-be closed Santa Fe University of Art and Design. KOB-TV reports University of New Mexico Interim President Chaouki Abdallah said during the Board of Regents' Tuesday meeting that the university is looking at ways it could use the art college that are both financially viable and aligned with the university's mission. Abdallah says the university is not interested in turning the Santa Fe school into a branch campus. Instead, Abdallah says the university is open to offering strong academic degrees at the Santa Fe school.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, consumer advocates and others have reached a settlement with Xcel Energy over the utility's plans to add more wind power for customers in New Mexico and parts of Texas. The proposed agreement was filed Monday with New Mexico utility regulators for approval. The Public Utility Commission of Texas also will have to sign off, but officials said some work remains before a final agreement can be presented to regulators there. The Sagamore Wind Project is planned for Roosevelt County.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell say a city worker has found what is believed to be a human skull. They say the skull is being sent to the state medical investigator in Albuquerque for confirmation of its authenticity. Police say the skull was found last Friday afternoon next to a water pump station at Cahoon Park near Union Avenue and Riverside Drive. They say the skull appears to be fairly old and not related to any recent incidents or reports made to Roswell police.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they're still investigating an apparent shooting outside a mall in northeastern Albuquerque. They say a man walked into the Coronado Mall around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and appeared to have been shot in one of his upper shoulders. Police describe the injury as not life-threatening and say the victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. The man's name and age still had not been released by Sunday morning.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton scored 22 points for New Mexico State and two potential tying shots hit rim and bounced away in the closing five seconds for New Mexico as the Aggies came away with a 65-62 win Saturday night. A.J. Harris added 12 points for New Mexico State (7-2). Antino Jackson had 14 points and Troy Simons 13 for the Lobos (3-7). But Simons' putback with five seconds rolled off the rim. And after Lofton made one of two free throws, Anthony Mathis had a good luck at a 3-pointer, but it drew iron as the buzzer sounded.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Gallup Independent reports that the death of a man whose body was found in a field is the northwestern New Mexico city's first suspected exposure death of the winter season. Police identified the man found dead early Friday as 65-year-old Ambrose Lincoln of Window Rock, Arizona. Police Lt. Rosanne Morrisette says there's no immediate suspicion of foul play and that the death may be weather related. Temperatures in Gallup dipped to about 10 degrees Thursday night and early Friday morning.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A female political lobbyist in New Mexico has accused a former state lawmaker of requesting sex in exchange for support of a bill during a legislative session in 2009. Lobbyist Vanessa Alarid said Friday that she met with former Rep. Thomas Garcia in March 2009 to discuss proposed legislation and that he offered his support if she would have sex with him. Contacted Friday, Garcia vigorously denied the allegation, saying he never made a proposition to exchange a vote for anything to anyone.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management's latest quarterly oil and gas lease sale has netted more than $30 million in competitive bids for parcels in southeastern New Mexico. The federal agency says the parcels up for bid covered more than 2,100 acres in Eddy and Lea counties, which include portions of the Permian Basin. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Co. of Santa Fe at $40,001.00. This set an agency record for the highest bid per acre.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation is urging the Air Force to transfer some older combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the state National Guard when new models enter service with an active-duty unit at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lujan advocate shifting the HH-60G helicopters to the 150th Special Operations Wing, a Kirtland-based Guard unit that currently doesn't have its own aircraft to operate.

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say heroes helped save lives during a deadly shooting at a New Mexico high school. San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters Friday that a substitute teacher heard the gunshots Thursday morning at Aztec High School but didn't have a key to lock the door to the computer lab. So she took students into an office or storage area and barricaded the door with a couch. He says 21-year-old William Atchison came to the room and yelled that he knew they were in there and then fired multiple shots into the room.

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a New Mexico high school (all times local): 4 p.m. Police got initial reports of gunfire at a New Mexico school shortly after first period began. Authorities say Aztec High School was locked down and officers responded in less than a minute Thursday. Aztec Police Chief Mike Heal said officers were able to get into the school through a window and a door and that immediate actions by law enforcement and others helped keep more students safe.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu has visited a southeastern New Mexico parish after its pastor was charged with criminal sexual contact. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Cantu celebrated the Saturday and Sunday's Masses days following news that St. Helena Catholic Church pastor Rev. Ricardo Bauza was facing charges. According to a 15-page criminal complaint filed last month, Bauza got into a shower with an adult male, and washed the victim's body with a loofah in the church rectory.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he stabbed a friend over a lack of beer. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 23-year-old Isaac Avalos was arrested late Saturday following a fight with his friend who suffered multiple, non-life-threatening stab wounds. According to police, Avalos was at a friend's home when he became upset he could not find any beer in the kitchen. He reportedly became angry when he learned he and his friend already drank all of the beer. Police say Avalos grabbed a large kitchen knife and swung it back and forth at his friend.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico may soon have to pay more for certain brand-name drugs or if they visit the emergency room to receive routine medical care, under a reform plan submitted Wednesday to federal regulators. The state Human Services Department applied for federal authorization of new copayments and monthly premiums in an effort to conserve state spending on Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of colleges and universities in New Mexico are requesting the state Legislature to separate lottery scholarships from tuition costs. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers presented the request to a Legislative Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday on behalf of the Council of University Presidents.

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