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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review a recent court decision narrowing who must report suspected cases of abuse and neglect.

State law requires "every person" to contact authorities about suspected abuse and neglect.

However, the state Court of Appeals ruled last November in an Albuquerque case that the law's wording means the requirement only applies to 10 categories of people, including physicians, teachers and nurses,

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A court ruling says a police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man's property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights.

The state Court of Appeals' ruling says that's because authorities didn't have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted the search.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the ruling cites prior New Mexico court decisions and says privacy protections apply to targeted, warrantless police aerial surveillance.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As the New Mexico Legislature gets underway, advocates are going to be pushing to improve the well-being of the state's children through education initiatives and other efforts aimed at pulling families out of poverty.

New Mexico Voices for Children is releasing its annual Kids Count in New Mexico report at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The group wants to get the attention of lawmakers.

The report places New Mexico dead last among states when it comes to child well-being.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez will outline her legislative priorities to lawmakers on the opening day of the Legislature's 30-day session.

Lawmakers convene at noon Tuesday, and the governor will deliver her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

Martinez already has unveiled parts of her legislative agenda, including merit pay for teachers and budget increases for programs to help train more health care professionals.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The top state prosecutor for two eastern New Mexico counties plans to step down soon but he says it won't affect his work on a school shooting in Roswell.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler says he'll leave office March 1 to start a private law practice focusing on civil litigation.

The 9th Judicial District includes Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Chandler last week was named to handle the case in which a Roswell middle school student faces juvenile charges in the wounding of two other students.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The family of a New Mexico middle school girl shot by a fellow student on campus says the suspected shooter "is not a bad boy."

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Bert Sanders, the father of 13-year-old victim Kendal, told reporters Monday he believes the boy's family are "good people." He also says his daughter and the suspected shooter are friends.

Kendal and 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez were wounded when the young gunman entered the crowded Berrendo Middle School gym Jan. 14 and fired three times from a 20-gauge shotgun.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the boy who was shot in the face and neck at a New Mexico middle school is on a breathing machine and is heavily sedated, but his doctors are optimistic.

Martinez says the 12-year-old remains in critical condition at a Texas hospital and that doctors have repaired slight damage to his heart. She also says his face has pockmarks from the shotgun pellets, and both of his eyes are injured.

But Martinez says the boy has improved, and his doctors "feel good about him."

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer is hospitalized in serious condition after being injured while trying to arrest a man accused of domestic violence.

Police say the female officer was struck in the head multiple times in yesterday afternoon's attack.

They say a male officer was struck in the face by the suspect and was being treated at a hospital.

Police say 40-year-old Anthony Abeyta allegedly attacked both officers. He's in custody and facing multiple charges.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate committee leader plans a hearing during the upcoming legislative session on the awarding by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration of a state fairgrounds lease for a horse racing track and casino.

Rules Committee chairwoman Sen. Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat who is running for governor against Martinez, said yesterday the panel wants to question current and former State Fair commissioners about the 2011 lease awarded to the Downs at Albuquerque allowing the construction of a larger casino at the fairgrounds.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has again cut funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses, the latest blow to efforts to resume horse slaughter in the U.S.

Congress yesterday passed a $1.1 trillion budget bill that prohibits the Department of Agriculture from spending money for inspectors at equine facilities.

The last domestic horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007, a year after Congress first cut funding for the inspections in an attempt to shutter the industry.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plateful of problems, including a weak economy and struggling schools, await New Mexico's lawmakers when they to return to work for an election-year legislative session.

The Legislature's 30-day session convenes Tuesday against a potentially divisive political backdrop.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is seeking re-election, and two of her Democratic challengers serve in the state Senate. All 70 members of the state House are up for election.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy who police say opened fire inside his middle school gym is heartbroken over the tragedy.

The boy's parents and grandparents issued a statement through their lawyer yesterday, saying their thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were shot Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School.

The family says its remorse cannot be expressed in words. They added that they love the boy and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they piece together "how this awful tragedy occurred."

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new geothermal plant located in southwestern New Mexico is providing electricity to PNM Resources, the state's largest utility.

The Lightning Dock plant constructed in Hidalgo County by Cyrq (serk) Energy Inc. pumps naturally hot water from deep under the ground to heat a fluid that spins turbines to produce electricity.

The slightly cooled water is then re-injected back into the aquifer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the plant began production in late December and is generating about 4 megawatts of electricity.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court yesterday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque mother has been indicted on several charges after police say she repeatedly kicked her 9-year-old son, resulting in his death.

Prosecutors announced the indictment of 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus yesterday. A formal arraignment has yet to be scheduled.

A grand jury handed up the charges Tuesday. They include one count of child abuse resulting in death, five counts of child abuse and one count of tampering with evidence.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe grand jury has found New Mexico State Police were justified in last year's fatal shooting of a woman after a car chase.

Jeanette Anaya was shot in the head and back after police say she aggressively backed her car toward an officer in November.

Medical examiners determined the 39-year-old Santa Fe woman had cocaine in her system at the time.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy shot by a classmate at their middle school underwent a second surgery and a girl who was wounded is now in stable condition.

Martinez said at a press conference late yesterday that the girl has been identified as 13-year-old Kendal Sanders. The wounded boy is in critical condition.

Authorities say the two were shot when a 12-year-old boy opened fire at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell yesterday morning.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint before pointing a weapon at Clovis police has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Paul Villanueva was sentenced yesterday and will serve at least 85 percent of his term.

Villanueva will be required to register as a lifetime sex offender and must serve up to 20 years of intensely supervised probation and lifetime parole.

He had faced up to a 70-year sentence after being convicted in the case.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who rammed a vehicle into an Albuquerque police car and then barricaded himself in a home now is in custody.

Albuquerque police say 23-year-old Jonathan Zottnieck climbed out of a window and was arrested behind the home yesterday afternoon.

They say he's facing multiple charges including suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer and residential burglary.

Police originally responded to a call about a suspicious situation near Richmond and Indian School about 11:20 a.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they don't know where a domestic violence suspect is following a fire that burned an Albuquerque mobile home.

Albuquerque police say they've issued an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Joel Castillo-Angel.

They say he's facing multiple charges in connection with yesterday morning's incident.

Police say two victims have been identified and say Castillo-Angel allegedly attacked them with a knife.

He was believed to be inside a mobile home that went up in flames for unknown reasons.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New government figures show that older New Mexicans account for the largest share of those who've enrolled in health coverage plans through a federally operated insurance exchange.

President Barack Obama's administration reported Monday that 7,688 New Mexicans had selected an insurance plan using the government-run marketplace through last month.

New Mexicans ages 35 to 64 represented about 74 percent of enrollment. However, that age group accounts for not quite 40 percent of the state's population.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say 10 young women swarmed into a clothing store to steal goods and then ran outside and threw rocks at windows of the store after one was caught.

The thieves were shoving clothes and shoes into their purses while two of them tried to distract store personnel.

Police say a store employee suspected something was wrong and called police while the theft was in progress.

The young women started to run out but one was detained by store personnel and later arrested by police.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could be 30 years before a huge plume of contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base reaches the nearest drinking water wells in New Mexico's largest city.

That finding is part of a draft report released yesterday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to a public records request filed by the watchdog group Citizen Action.

The report's author, Scott Ellinger, modeled several scenarios in an effort to determine movement of the plume, which consists of jet fuel and a chemical called EDB.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing yesterday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co.

King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A city and county in southern New Mexico have settled a lawsuit filed by a man taken to two hospitals and subjected to anal probes over suspicion of hiding drugs.

Attorneys for David Eckert said yesterday that Hidalgo County and the city of Deming recently settled their portion of a lawsuit for a total of $1.6 million.

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