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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the expansion of a DNA testing law named for a slain New Mexico college student has helped authorities connect hundreds of suspects arrested on felony charges to other unsolved crimes in the past five years. Martinez says a 2011 expansion of Katie's Law has linked 339 New Mexico suspects to 344 other cases, including more than a dozen homicides and 40 sex crimes. The governor says only 407 suspects would have been connected to 420 other cases if the expansion weren't in place.

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury on Tuesday acquitted a former Colorado school official of four counts of sexual assault of a child. Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough added in an email to The Associated Press that Jason Martinez still faces two counts of assault against two men in an unrelated case. He is out on bond and scheduled to appear in a Denver court in August in that case. Martinez was hired last year by New Mexico's largest district despite being charged with sexually abusing two young boys.

(Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque is opening a new office for immigrants and refugees. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the city of Albuquerque $300,000 for the establishment of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. The initial funds will staff an office and pay for research and development to blueprint for a mission. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the grant allows the city to take other than taxpayer dollars and impact positive change in Albuquerque communities.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The entire contents of the historic Bishop's Lodge will be up for sale as the owners work on renovating the resort and spa just north of Santa Fe. The liquidation begins Thursday and will continue for 14 days. Organizers say it will be the largest garage sale of its type in the Santa Fe area. Everything will be up for grabs — from furniture and fixtures to kitchen equipment, linens and thousands of other items. The lodge shut its doors in late 2015 so construction could begin.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's medical marijuana program will be operating out of a new location beginning next week. State health department officials said Tuesday that the new office in Santa Fe will be larger and will have room for more employees and infrastructure to keep up with the growing number of patients who are enrolling in the program. Participation has increased by about 12,000 in the last year, bringing the number of active patients to about 25,000.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is launching an online degree program in Chicana and Chicano Studies beginning this fall. Under the program, the newly minted department will allow students to take online classes in Chicano studies toward a degree. Officials say the online classes with allow nontraditional students with busy schedules to get a Bachelor's degree in Chicano studies. The program is aimed at students who already have 24 hours of college credit. The move comes a year after Chicana and Chicano Studies became an official department at the school.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state has tracked down 100 fugitives linked to drunken driving infractions since a roundup effort began late last year. The Republican governor announced the milestone on Monday. Launched in December, the initiative directs State Police and a special absconder unit of the Department of Corrections to track down fugitives linked to DWI violations who have skipped out on parole or probation requirements. Of the 100 fugitives detained, 55 had multiple DWI arrests or were linked to a killing while driving drunk.

(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico marathon runner who was attacked by a black bear is advocating to change the state law that forced wild officials to kill the animal. Karen Williams tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the female bear was acting on its protective instincts to defend its cubs when it charged and mauled her June 18 in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

(Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com) HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Southeastern New Mexico has had some rain, but it's likely not doing much to recharge the Ogallala Aquifer. Mike Johnson with the Office of the State Engineer says whether rain recharges the aquifer is a complicated question since the agency doesn't measure recharge directly. State water managers cooperate with the U.S. Geological Survey to measure well levels to get an idea of how much water is in the aquifer and if levels are changing.

(Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is facing charges after police say her 12-year-old son called 911 to report her choking his sister. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports Barbara Gutierrez was arrested Saturday on an aggravated battery against a household member charge following the frantic 911 call. According to a criminal complaint, Gutierrez got angry after her children hid her keys to prevent her from leaving to help her boyfriend who had just been arrested.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A real estate group that markets properties across the West says a sprawling New Mexico ranch owned by the family of former Gov. Bruce King has been sold. Purchased by the late King and his brothers in 1961, Alamo Ranch is considered one of the state's legacy ranches. It stretches across more than 100 square miles of high desert hills, prairies of native grass and arroyos in Sandoval County. The ranch went on the market in February for $33 million. Hall and Hall Real Estate did not immediately release any details about the recent sale.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing the New Mexico Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars. The lawsuit was filed Monday by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection New Mexico and residents Peter and Jean Ossorio. The commission voted last year to allow trapping on 9 million acres of state lands, but opponents voiced concerns that the decision was based on politics rather than science.

State Police ID Man Shot, Killed at Grant County Home HANOVER, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a state police officer in a small New Mexico town has died. New Mexico State Police said early Friday that 29-year-old Josh Herrera was killed in the shooting Thursday afternoon in Hanover, a town east of Silver City in Grant County. Herrera was from nearby Vanadium. Authorities say no officers were injured in the confrontation with Herrera.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is reviewing whether a clinic's transfer of aborted fetuses to the University of New Mexico violated state law. The request for the investigation comes from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who chairs the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives. She sent a letter to Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday. Southwestern Women's Options, which is a provider of early and late-term abortions, has been providing fetal tissue to UNM for medical research.

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants living in the U.S. without legal authorization and their advocates are deeply disappointed over a Supreme Court deadlock on an immigration plan that would have kept many from being deported. But they're also resolved that this isn't the end of the fight. The deadlock means a lower court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions remains in effect. The outcome puts even more pressure on the result of the presidential election.

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Utah firefighters are trying to keep a wildfire burning in a forest on the edge of a small mountain town from descending on homes. Officials encouraged residents of about 400 homes in the southwestern Utah town of Pine Valley to leave the area and warned that mandatory evacuations could be ordered if the fire flares up. The lightning-caused blaze was about a mile away from some homes Friday after charring about 1 ½ square miles while burning on a steep canyon slope above the town.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are preparing to take more testimony on a request by the state's largest electric provider to raise customer rates. The Public Regulation Commission called for another hearing after questions were raised about costs incurred by Public Service Co. of New Mexico when the utility purchased rights to more electricity produced by a nuclear power plant in Arizona.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A college in western New Mexico says it will continue to recruit immigrant students living in the country illegally despite Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Western New Mexico University spokesman Abe Villarreal says the school will remain "an open, accepting university" to all students who went to attend the college. The Silver City, New Mexico school has drawn national attention for openly recruiting immigrant students living in the country illegally known as DREAMers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three people convicted in the 2013 killing of a Navajo woman have been sentenced. A federal judge in Santa Fe issued sentences this week to Scott Thompson, Justin Benally and Patrick Benally, who are all age 28. Thompson, of Farmington, was sentenced to 23 years. Justin Benally, also of Farmington, was ordered to serve 22 years. Patrick Benally, of Kirtland, received 18 years. According to release issued Thursday by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, they and two female co-defendants pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

(Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com) FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington have identified a UPS driver who was stabbed while making deliveries. Authorities say 25-year-old Colton Kennedy was dropping off packages in a mobile home park Wednesday morning when a suspect repeatedly stabbed him. Kennedy was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center. But his injuries were deemed non-life-threatening. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Werbner told The Daily Times that Kennedy was released by the afternoon.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A former pastor of a Los Alamos church is facing allegations of distributing and owning child pornography. Los Alamos police arrested 54-year-old Paul Cunningham this week on two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Authorities received a tip in February when a suspect in a Colorado child pornography case appeared to have received a video from an IP address in New Mexico. That led to investigators serving a search warrant on Cunningham's home in March. Officers seized two laptops and other electronics.

PHOENIX (AP) — For a second day, Las Vegas set a record daytime high temperature on Tuesday, reaching 113 degrees. National Weather Service meteorologist Barry Pierce says that tops the old mark of 111 degrees for the date set in 1954. It follows Monday's 115, which broke the record of 113 set in 2015. Pierce says overnight low temperatures are also setting records. The overnight low of 91 degrees on Tuesday beat the record of 87 set in in 2015, and marked the earliest date that the nighttime temperature remained above 90 degrees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report examining child well-being among states shows New Mexico stuck near the bottom of the list for a third year in a row. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count assessment released Tuesday says New Mexico ranks 49th. The state has held the spot since 2014, with only Mississippi ranking lower overall. The report measures child well-being on a variety of indicators, including health, education, and the economy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moisture has moved in along much of the Southern California coast, and most mandatory evacuation areas near a wildfire in Santa Barbara County have been lifted. Fog arrived overnight on the rugged coast west of Santa Barbara, where a fire of more than 12 square miles is nearly entirely contained Wednesday morning. As planned, mandatory evacuation orders for many areas were reduced to warnings at 5 a.m., allowing residents to return. All orders are expected to be lifted by the weekend.

(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Payment for an attorney representing Albuquerque in negotiations with the U.S. Justice Department over police reforms could hit $1 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the mayor's office has asked the City Council to approve an additional $250,000 for attorney Scott Greenwood. That would bring the Ohio-based lawyer's contract to $1 million. Greenwood has negotiated on behalf of the city in meetings on a settlement agreement that includes a series of reforms in the police department.

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