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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for three men who escaped from an eastern New Mexico county lockup.The Curry County Sheriff's Office says the inmates were last seen walking north from the detention center in Clovis around 11 a.m. Friday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A high-risk insurance pool in New Mexico refusing to turn over its annual financial audits to the state Auditor's Office for approval says it does not meet the definition of a state agency.A contract attorney representing the insurance pool says in a June 4 letter that the pool is a "nonprofit entity made up of private business members."The Albuquerque Journal reports the attorney later added the pool will post the audits on its website.About 2,400 New Mexico residents are enrolled in the high-risk insurance pool.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it.The protest was filed against New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission and state engineer by 10 legislators from districts stretching from the northwest of the state to Albuquerque. The lawmakers assert that former Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There are more jobs in New Mexico than there were last year as the state's unemployment rate showed improvement for the sixth straight month.State labor officials say the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May.

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he won't sign a "moderate" package.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell man faces a lengthy prison term after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from a multi-agency investigation of a criminal ring that smuggled methamphetamine and guns in southeastern New Mexico.The U.S.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of anti-poverty activists have launched a campaign in recent weeks modeled after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign of 1968. Like the push 50 years ago, advocates are hoping to draw attention to those struggling with deep poverty from Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta, from the American Southwest to California's farm country.The latest effort is led by Rev. William Barber of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Rev.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people running to become the next president of the Navajo Nation has fallen by one.Tribal election officials say Lester Begay was disqualified from the race.

By JAMES ANDERSON, Associated PressDENVER (AP) — The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave.The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sergeant and two former colleagues claim in a lawsuit that State Police Chief Pete Kassetas engaged in lewd behavior, including sending an inappropriate photograph to a high-ranking female state official.A lawsuit filed this week in state court also accuses the Department of Public Safety under Republican Gov.

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the West: (all times local):4:30 p.m.An evacuation order has been lifted for nearly 1,400 people who were forced to flee their homes this week by a wildfire in central Colorado.The Summit County Sheriff's Office lifted the order on Thursday. It affected two neighborhoods in Silverthorne, Colorado, a popular jumping-off point for area ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains.Fire officials say they've stopped the 90-acre (35-hectare) fire that ignited Tuesday.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce said Thursday he would immediately suspend New Mexico's embattled teacher evaluation system if elected. He said educators are being judged unfairly as the state struggles to improve student academic performance.Pearce, currently a U.S. congressman, said he would he would devise a new plan within six months in consultation with teachers and other stakeholders.

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated PressDENVER (AP) — The U.S.

By JAMES ANDERSON, Associated PressDENVER (AP) — The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave.The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work started Thursday on a new ventilation system that will clear the way for more radioactive waste to be disposed of at the U.S. government's underground nuclear repository in southern New Mexico.The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation's only location for disposing of tons of Cold War-era waste generated over years of bomb-making and nuclear weapons research. That includes gloves, clothing, tools and other debris contaminated by plutonium and other radioactive elements.U.S.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A dark comedy starring Demi Moore will begin production in northern New Mexico this month.The New Mexico Film Office says work on "Corporate Animals" will run through early July in Santa Fe and Abiquiu. The independent film will employ about 100 local crew members, two New Mexico actors and about 60 extras.Directed by Patrick Brice, the comedy also will star Jessica Williams and Ed Helms.Moore plays the egotistical chief executive of America's leading supplier of edible cutlery.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials have banned the sale of aerial and ground fireworks in areas outside Albuquerque.Bernalillo County commissioners approved the fireworks restrictions Tuesday in unincorporated areas as drought conditions are expected to continue.The ban went into effect immediately and will remain until mid-July.The measure bans the sale and use of fireworks, including missile-type rockets, aerial spinners, roman candles and ground audible devices.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a temporary staffing agency over allegations that it failed to address sexual harassment complaints made by four women who were assigned to the Albuquerque Police Department's records unit.The commission filed the lawsuit against Select Staffing in federal court Wednesday.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican JoHanna Cox is dropping out of the race for New Mexico secretary of state, saying she needs to tend to personal matters involving her family.The Albuquerque attorney and single mother had no opposition during the recent primary election. She would have faced Democratic incumbent Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Nov. 6 general election.The state Republican Party plans to convene its state central committee as soon as possible to select a new nominee. 

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline have agreed to build a pipeline to transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.Tuesday's announcement by Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Plains All American, with headquarters in Houston, did not include financial details.Both companies have signed a letter of intent to transport crude oil and condensate from sites in West Texas.

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