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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Business owners in Las Cruces are bracing for another possible increase in the minimum wage at the start of 2018. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the wage hike is taking some owners and city councilors by surprise due to a flaw in the original ordinance that was adopted in 2014. The ordinance calls for three stepped increases. Two have already been implemented and the last is scheduled for January 2019. Language in the measure also allows for a cost-of-living increase based on the Consumer Price Index starting in 2018.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The new Native American voting task force had its first meeting this week in a long-term effort to improve voter turnout among tribal members. New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says the Friday meeting was an important step to increasing voter turnout as the next general election is a year away. Toulouse Oliver announced the task force earlier this year. A chair and vice chair were selected at the meeting Friday. Toulouse Oliver says Native precincts have the lowest voter turnout. In the 2016 general election, only 56 percent of voters cast a ballot.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has received federal preservation dollars to build a database that will house information about the New Mexico locations that are represented in works by the American modernist painter. The museum announced the $30,000 grant Thursday, saying the database will support a mobile app and website about the historic sites. Among the landscapes that inspired O'Keeffe are Cerro Pedernal, the Chama River Valley and Ghost Ranch. Museum officials say these areas, or viewsheds, are of critical cultural importance.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says aviation and innovation have been crucial to New Mexico's economy over the years and the integration of drones into the wider airspace will make for even more opportunities. The two-term Republican governor joined federal officials and industry representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to kick off the Trump administration's drone project. President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead last week for a pilot program aimed at increasing government and commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is putting more pressure on state insurance regulators to collect millions of dollars in unpaid premium taxes from health insurance providers operating in the state. Balderas in a letter sent Wednesday to Insurance Superintendent John Franchini asked for an accounting of what is owned by each company and what the procedure will be for collecting the money.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has agreed to settlements of nearly $8 million from two out of three lawsuits filed against the district over sexual assault complaints involving a former teacher. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Espanola Public Schools settled the suits that claim 61-year-old Gary Gregor sexually abused female elementary school students and that the school did not report the teacher.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the selection of the new University of New Mexico president (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school's 128-year history. The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque. Provost of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year. Stokes was among five finalists who were chosen as part of a national search.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Patrick Nagatani, an educator who was born to Japanese-American parents imprisoned in internment camps during World War II and who became an internationally renowned photographer, has died. The University of New Mexico announced that Nagatani died Friday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 72. Nagatani taught photography at the university from 1987 to 2007. Born in Chicago days after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nagatani was known for capturing images of New Mexico's nuclear legacy.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Typewriter enthusiasts are gathering in Albuquerque for another public event to celebrate the classic writing machines. Organizers have scheduled a "Type-Out" on Nov. 12 for curious fans who want to experiment with vintage typewriters in public. The event is slated to take place at Pennysmiths Paper and will feature typewriters similar to those used by novelist Ernest Hemingway and "The Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents is expected to select the school's next president during a special meeting Thursday. The finalists include University of Idaho President Charles "Chuck" Staben and University of Missouri Provost Garnett S. Stokes. Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University. The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public health experts are looking for additional solutions to New Mexico's opioid addiction crisis at a policy summit in the state capital. State Rep. Deborah Armstrong helped organize the Thursday gathering and hopes it will help enhance and expand successful approaches to combating the opioid crisis, especially if more federal funding were to become available for New Mexico. President Donald Trump last week declared opioid abuse a national public health emergency without promising additional spending.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a Santa Fe attorney to be the next U.S. Attorney for the state of New Mexico. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump tapped John C. Anderson to serve as the federal government's top prosecutor in the state. The 42-year-old Anderson served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New Mexico from 2008 to 2013. If confirmed, Anderson would succeed Damon Martinez, who was forced out by Trump earlier this year along with dozens of other federal prosecutors. Anderson now works at the Denver-based law firm Holland and Hart.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Following the guidance of the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court has sided with New Mexico State Police officers in the 2011 shooting death of a man despite concerns about excessive force. The appellate court initially sided with the family of Samuel Pauly, finding that the officers were not protected by qualified immunity when they surrounded his northern New Mexico home. The officers appealed, and the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the appellate court to take another look, prompting Tuesday's reversal.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city is asking for a hearing regarding the neutrality of the independent monitor who is charged with overseeing federally-mandated reforms of the Albuquerque police force. The city in a motion filed Tuesday raised questions about whether monitor James Ginger is being fair. The city's legal staff wants to call witnesses and present evidence so a judge can decide if there's a problem. The police department has been undergoing an overhaul since the U.S. Justice Department in 2014 found a pattern of excessive force.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Members of the Navajo Nation Tribal Council voted down legislation to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon. The council voted 16-2 against the bill during a special session Tuesday in Window Rock, Arizona. It was the first time the full council had taken up the measure since it was introduced last year.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty to violating federal drug trafficking and firearms laws in New Mexico and could be facing a life sentence in federal prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Michael Dwain Samples, of Monahans, entered a plea agreement Tuesday in a Las Cruces court. Samples pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state senator went on trial Tuesday on accusations he used his elected office to profit from the sale of a state-owned building, in a high-stakes corruption trial that has spurred calls for government ethics reforms. State prosecutors outlined allegations that ex-Sen. Phil Griego hid his underlying financial motives for as long as two years as he relentlessly pushed toward the 2014 sale of a government building through a state-agency review, approval by the Legislature and a public buildings commission.

A new study says that the New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession, should it come, given its depleted financial reserves. The New Mexican reports a "stress test" by Moody's Analytics that that looked at New Mexico's current state of finances was published earlier this month. According to the analysis, the state needs to have 10 percent of its budget in reserve in order to make through a moderate recession without resorting to many significant tax hikes or cutting back services.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former state prison inmate who last year was allowed to search for evidence of abuse at the now-closed New Mexico Penitentiary has been arrested in a Las Cruces-area home invasion. Dona Ana County authorities say 58-year-old Samuel Ponce (POHN'-say) Chavez was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and other crimes after being arrested at a home where three people were confronted at gunpoint. Chavez remains jailed and online court records don't list an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Developers of an $18 million project along historic Route 66 say they are aiming for a December opening of the revamped property. The face-lift of the storied El Vado motor lodge in Albuquerque includes a boutique hotel, a new mixed-use building next door and an events center. The lobby of the hotel will have a taproom that will feature local brews, and General Manager Carrie Confair is lining up different businesses to operate food trucks at the site. The Albuquerque Journal reports that plans to redevelop El Vado have been in the works for years.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the corruption trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A defense attorney for former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego says testimony and evidence will show the politician did not use his elected office to profit from the sale of a state-owned building. Defense attorney Thomas Clark on Tuesday delivered his opening statement at the start of a corruption trial against Griego in state district court.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A study says that the New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession, should it come, given its depleted financial reserves. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a "stress test" by Moody's Analytics that that looked at New Mexico's current state of finances was published earlier this month. According to the analysis, the state needs to have 10 percent of its budget in reserve in order to make through a moderate recession without resorting to many significant tax hikes or cutting back services.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys are preparing for opening arguments in a corruption trial against a former New Mexico state senator accused of using his elected position to profit from the sale of a state-owned building. Opening arguments were scheduled for Tuesday morning in the trial of ex-Sen. Phil Griego on charges that include bribery, fraud, perjury, unlawful interest in a public contract and violation of ethical principles of service. A jury was selected Monday. The 69-year-old former Santa Fe city councilman denies wrongdoing.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A jury has been selected in the trial of former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego on accusations he used his elected position to profit from the sale of a state-owned building. Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Monday for the trial at state district court in Santa Fe. Griego has pleaded not guilty in response to eight charges that include bribery, fraud, perjury, unlawful interest in a public contract and violation of ethical principles of service.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man intentionally got himself arrested for shoplifting so he could participate in a drug smuggling scheme in a New Mexico jail. The Eastern New Mexico News reports Kelby Spain was charged last week for conspiracy to commit bringing contraband into the Curry County jail. But authorities say the 23-year-old Spain's plot began earlier this month. According to police, Spain was released from jail on Oct. 3 in connection with drug and robbery charges only to get arrested two hours later.

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