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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.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Redevelopment of another old motel along historic Route 66 will begin soon. Albuquerque-based Construct Southwest was selected last July by the city of Albuquerque to bring the De Anza Motor Lodge back to life. The property has sat vacant for years. The company tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2raEyyf) that demolition of three buildings at the site is scheduled for next month. The redevelopment project is expected to take about a year. It calls for turning the blighted motor court into upscale extended-stay units for business travelers and tourists.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The leader of the Miss New Mexico Pageant is facing criticism while the pageant organization is being investigated by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office for unknown reasons. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/Lp5tyK) that pageant Director Greg Smith is being accused by reigning pageant queen Stephanie Chavez and former Miss New Mexico Teen Madison Belcher of failing to pay their full earnings. Chavez says she is owed scholarship winnings.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge against New Mexico's educational system (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A lawsuit alleging that New Mexico's education system failed to meet its constitutional responsibilities is headed to trial after a judge denied requests for an early decision. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty said Monday that its main requests for summary judgment were denied so that the court can consider the state's response in greater depth.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. Elvis designed the interior that has red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engines and needs a restoration of its cockpit. Liveauctioneers.com says the jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. GWS Auctions Inc. says the plane will be auctioned May 27 at an event featuring celebrity memorabilia.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police have identified the body of a woman found buried outside a vacant south Roswell house and continue to look for a suspect in the homicide case. Roswell police investigators say the body found May 9 was that of Ambra Lynn Taylor, who was 41 when she disappeared in April 2016. Police say they were able to make the identification based on the woman's tattoos and other information provided by the public. Investigators believe Taylor came to Roswell from Albuquerque and had only been in town a short time before her disappearance and murder.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the New Mexico Senate says there will be no confirmation hearings for appointments by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during a special legislative session that begins Wednesday. Senate President Mary Kay Papen said Monday that the Democratic-led Legislature will be focused on restoring vetoed funding for higher education institutions and will not vet executive appointments. Martinez has described continued delays in the confirmation process for state university regents as a violation of the Legislature's constitutional duty.

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government has released a report that casts a critical light on the poor condition of roads on tribal lands nationwide. The General Accounting Office report released Monday says children are suffering from bad roads because they can't make it to school during bad weather. The agency sent a team to do site visits at 10 different school districts and three reservations, where they evaluated bus routes by riding with students to school.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The Las Vegas Optic has named the editor of an Iowa newspaper as its next newsroom leader. The northern New Mexico newspaper announced (https://goo.gl/JkeimJ) that Jason W. Brooks started this month as the publication's new editor. Brooks most recently served as editor at the Boone News-Republican in Boone, Iowa, near Des Moines. A graduated of the University of New Mexico, Brooks started his journalism career as a sports reporter at El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro, then at the Valencia County News Bulletin. He then worked for publications in Nebraska and Iowa.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Center on Law and Poverty and other advocates are asking a state judge to find that New Mexico's education system fails to meet its constitutional responsibilities when it comes to Native American students and those learning English as a second language. Lawyers gathered in Santa Fe on Monday for a pre-trial hearing. The case, which incorporates two lawsuits that make similar claims about inadequacies within the education system, is scheduled for trial in June.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. GWS Auctions Inc. out of California is holding an auction for the plane on May 27 at an event featuring A-list celebrity memorabilia. The interior was designed by Elvis Presley, with gold-tone, woodwork, inlay and red velvet seats and red shag carpet. However, the plane has no engine and the cockpit has not been restored.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of Albuquerque has instructed officers to issue citations, instead of making arrests, for certain misdemeanor crimes as part of a settlement of a longstanding lawsuit over jail conditions and arrest procedures in Bernalillo County.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former bookkeeper at Bernalillo Public Schools is under suspicion of stealing about $47,000. The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday that state Auditor Tim Keller's office released an audit. According to the audit, the allegedly stolen cash was raised by teachers, parents, staff and students from 2013 to 2016. She worked at Bernalillo Public Schools from January 2008 until she was fired in March 2016. No criminal charges have been filed in the case.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The national president of the American Federation of Teachers is coming to New Mexico amid the state's budget woes. Randi Weingarten is scheduled to visit Santa Fe on Wednesday as state lawmakers begin a special session that will likely address education funding in one of the nation's poorest states. Weingarten will speak with a coalition of Democratic lawmakers to urge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez not push for education funding cuts. Lawmakers and Martinez mostly agree on a $6.1 billion state budget that would slightly increase spending.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is honoring a dryland farming pioneer. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qIFlpk ) that the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and the Department of Transportation will dedicate a state historic marker to Mollie Klapp. The dedication will be held Wednesday at the intersection of N.M. 41 and Madrid Avenue near Moriarty. Klapp was a widow with seven children who moved to New Mexico in the 1900s. She was a dryland farmer who took advantage of the climate and sandy soils to grow pinto beans in Estancia Valley.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup-McKinley County Schools students will have the chance to speak and write in another language. The Gallup Independent reports the district Board of Education last week approved plans to incorporate the New Mexico State Bilingual Multicultural Education Program for middle school and high school students who plan to become bilingual and biliterate in a second language other than Spanish and English.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has announced it will restore 30 spots for students interested in an elementary summer program. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the public school district said Friday that it will reallocated $40,000 so that some children from three schools where the K-3 Plus program was recently cut can still attend it at other sites. The district has also teamed up with the Santa Fe Community Foundation to raise money to fund an alternative summer school program for students from the fourth school where the program was also eliminated.

PILAR, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico kayakers, rafters and farmers are taking advantage of heavy snowmelt feeding the Rio Grande. Hydrologist Royce Fontenot told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2pWFsy7 ) Thursday that the Rio Grande flow at Embudo has reached 4,111 cubic feet per second (116.42 cubic meters per second) this spring. That is the highest it has been since 2014, and Fontenot says there is still more snowmelt from Colorado and Rio Grande Basin to come. The 2017 spring runoff is the highest snowmelt runoff recorded in the Rio Grande since 2008, according to the U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona woman is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to a heroin trafficking charge in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Tabitha Marie Ochoa, of Nogales, entered her plea Friday in an Albuquerque court. Ochoa and a female co-defendant were arrested in February after law enforcement officers found nine bundles of heroin weighing more than five pounds in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Ochoa pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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