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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.3 billion spending plan for New Mexico state government was thrown into limbo Tuesday as the House of Representatives rejected Senate amendments that would reduce money for road construction and maintenance. The New Mexico state Senate approved a $6.3 billion spending plan Tuesday that increases criminal justice spending and boosts pay for public school teachers, state government workers and elected officials. Hours later, House lawmakers refused to concur with an assortment of Senate amendments based largely on difference of road funding. Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic Party of New Mexico vice chairwoman says she has been the target of unwanted sexual advances by an elected Democratic official who also is active in the party in southern New Mexico. In a letter dated Monday, Neomi Martinez-Parra wrote that she's been a victim of inappropriate sexual misconduct by Dona Ana County Commissioner and Dona Ana County Central Committee member John Vasquez. "As you are well aware, Mr.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.3 billion annual spending bill for New Mexico state government is in limbo after the House of Representatives rejected Senate amendments. The House voted Tuesday not to concur with an assortment of Senate amendments that provided greater pay increases to police, prison guards and Albuquerque-based prosecutors and more money for state universities. Leading House budget negotiators say the disagreement hinges on funding for road construction and maintenance. Democratic Rep.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Javier Gonzales is ending his current bid for higher office, saying his heart is not in the race for lieutenant governor. Gonzales said in a statement issued Tuesday that he plans to return to the private sector once his term as Santa Fe mayor ends. The Democratic field for lieutenant governor remains crowded. Candidates include state Sen. Howie Morales, Eagle Nest resident and teacher Jeff Carr, Dona Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett and former House Majority Leader Rick Miera.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico Legislature's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year (all times local): 2:00 p.m. A proposal to boost New Mexico state spending on public schools, the criminal justice system, business incentives and Medicaid has been approved by the state Senate. The Senate voted 40-2 on Tuesday to approve a $6.3 billion general fund budget plan for the coming school year that would boost spending by $259 million for the coming fiscal year. The bill now returns to the House to consider recent amendments. Gov.

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mountain hamlet known of its ski resort is struggling amid little snow and drought this winter. KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca Mountain in Ruidoso, New Mexico has only recorded 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow. Ski Apache director of operations Justin Rowland says the mountain resort saw more than 300 inches (760 centimeters) of snow during the 2010 season. Alto Ski Shop owner Jodee Damron says business has been down about 75 percent.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved confidentiality provisions Monday for aerospace companies working out of a taxpayer-funded space launch facility in southern New Mexico. Exceptions to state open-records laws for trade secrets and sensitive financial information about tenants at Spaceport America cleared the Senate on a 35-5 vote, as the lead sponsor of the measure promised a big payback in future business. The bill now moves to the House, with a three-day window for approval before lawmakers adjourn. Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has approved funding to help shore up a giant, man-made cavern in southern New Mexico that is on the verge of collapse. The House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday to use a portion of excise taxes paid on vehicle sales to underwrite as much as $30 million in spending on the problem over the next three years. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has until Thursday morning to veto or approve the measure.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she's encouraged that a sweeping plan unveiled by the Trump administration calls for investments in rural infrastructure. The two-term Republican governor was among other leaders from around the nation who met Monday with President Donald Trump. Trump's plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion in local and state tax dollars for new investments and repairs of crumbling roads and airports. It also calls for a streamlined permitting process to get projects going.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge awarded a New Mexico woman $2.3 million for the pain, suffering, loss and disability she still experiences a decade after a minimally invasive spine surgery. The Albuquerque Journal reports U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz of Albuquerque awarded Patricia Rue her amount and three other former patients another $10 million in damages, after finding that Quorum Health Resources of Tennessee breached its duty to prevent harm to bone cement spinal treatment patients at Gerald Champion Regional Hospital from 2007 to 2008.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's medical marijuana program (all times local): Noon Some state lawmakers are pushing for New Mexico's health secretary to use her authority to add opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. They gathered Monday in Santa Fe with representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance in hopes of building more support for memorials aimed at expanding access to medical marijuana.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A man who alleges a former New Mexico priest sexually abused him is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. The lawsuit, filed last week against the diocese and St. Helena Parish in Hobbs, says the diocese facilitated sexual battery and assisted the Rev. Ricardo Bauza in evading authorities, the Hobbs News-Sun reports. It comes three months after Hobbs police issued a warrant for Bauza's arrest following a complaint he sexually assaulted an adult male.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather conditions in New Mexico (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Forecasters are warning of hazardous winter travel conditions due to snow and icy roads in parts of northern and northeastern New Mexico. The National Weather Service says conditions are expected to worsen late Saturday and early Sunday with varying amounts of snowfall in mountains of northern New Mexico and adjacent highlands along Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton passes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative proposal to boost New Mexico's preschool and daycare funding by an estimated $150 million a year inched closer on Friday to a possible statewide vote, as a Senate panel endorsed tapping into a state sovereign wealth fund. The Senate Education Committee recommended approval of a constitutional amendment that would increase distributions from the state's $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand preschool, daycare and home visits by social workers to parents of infants and toddlers.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling in a $165 million lawsuit against FedEx filed after a deadly accident involving a contracted FedEx truck. Las Cruces Sun-News reports the 2011 crash west of Las Cruces killed three people including the truck driver and left a baby severely injured. Alfredo Morga filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx over the loss of his wife, Marialy Venegas, and his daughter, Ylairam Morga. Venegas' parents also joined the lawsuit.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A judge has delayed the start of a trial on a couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team. The Headlight reports Judge Timothy L. Aldrich refused the defense's motion to dismiss the case at a hearing in Deming on Monday, but he delayed the trial to April after previously undisclosed financial data was handed to the defense. Scott and Colette Chandler filed the suit against the three officers over a June 2014 incident in Deming.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 45-year-old Farmington-area business man faces two years in prison after being sentenced on his fraud conviction for bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million, spending the money instead of investing it in real estate as he said he would. Bobby Willis of Kirtland was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque after pleading guilty last July under an agreement with prosecutors. A hearing will be scheduled to determine the amount of restitution Willis will be ordered to pay to the couple.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the New Mexico state Senate are bracing for a heated debate about whether to increase funding for early childhood education by distributing more money from a multibillion dollar sovereign wealth fund. An education committee meeting was moved on Friday to a larger venue on the Senate floor to provide room for a large audience. The House has endorsed a constitutional amendment to increase annual distributions from the $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to early childhood education programs.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man is facing charges after police say he beat his wife when he learned she was using a cell phone to access Facebook. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Jose Melendez was arrested this week following an investigation by officers who found his wife with injuries to her hands, arms, torso and face. According to Las Cruces police, the couple got into a fight after the 35-year-old Melendez learned that his wife was using her cell phone to access Facebook and communicate with others. Melendez is accused of strangling his wife until she lost consciousness.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico man who authorities say beat his mother to death has been ordered held without bail. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Jesus Navarro is facing a number of charges including murder, intimidation of a witness and tampering with evidence in the death of 67-year-old Hortencia Jimenez. Authorities say the 44-year-old Navarro attacked his mother at a family home in Malaga, New Mexico, following an argument on Jan. 31. A criminal complaint says Jimenez was found bleeding from a head wound and unable to walk.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico suspended head football coach Bob Davie on Thursday for 30 days without pay, following multiple investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. The suspension comes after an initial investigation requested by university officials had found through confidential interviews with players that Davie had told them in an all-team meeting to "get some dirt" on a student who had reported that a fellow player had raped her.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The FBI has concluded two young children took explicit photos found at an Army installation's day care center and that no adults were involved, White Sands Missile Range officials said. The investigation began in December after inappropriate photos of children were discovered on iPads, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported . Investigators found that about 20 photos were taken by two children ages 4-5 at the Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center, officials said Wednesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison in New Mexico for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Jordan Roybal was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque. Roybal was arrested last March on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer in November 2016 in Santa Fe County. Prosecutors say Roybal resisted arrest, challenged the officer to a fight and bit him on the wrist.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Federal safety officials plan in March to determine the probable cause of a fatal 2015 wreck involving two freight trains southeastern New Mexico. The National Transportation Safety Board says it also plans during the March 13 meeting in Washington to issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing similar accidents in the future. A Southwestern Railroad engineer was killed and a second crew member was seriously was injured when their train struck a train parked on a siding 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Roswell on April 28, 2015.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation is criticizing the state's largest newspaper for running a syndicated cartoon some activists say is racist. The cartoon depicts a man telling his wife as they're being accosted by a gang member and a terrorist: "Now Honey . I believe they prefer to be called 'Dreamers' . or future Democrats ." The term "dreamers" refers to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. U.S. Sens.

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