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By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump's trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.Several of the more than 20 governors attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association said shifting U.S.

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.In an email to Congress, a top Pentagon official said the proposal could help avoid any "negative readiness impacts on military facilities" that might result from listing the sage grouse and lesser-prairie chicken as endangered.The statement by Pete Giambastiani, a legislative affairs ai

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An uptick in crime unfolded in the Albuquerque area over a recent multiyear period as poverty and other social issues worsened in the state's largest metro area, according to a legislative report released Thursday.The report that reviewed crime statistics and other data in Bernalillo County was released by analysts with the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, a key panel that helps to set spending priorities for the state.

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months.Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico lawmaker said Thursday that he agreed with early childhood education experts who say expanded pre-kindergarten programs could help alleviate poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.But Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told The Associated Press that he remained opposed to advocates' push for New Mexico to dip into its Permanent Land Fund to finance universal early childhood education."Nope. Not going to support that," the Deming Democrat said.

By GLEN ROSALES and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.University President Garnett S.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico doctor has been sentenced after being convicted of sexually molesting a male patient.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports neurologist Robert Woody was sentenced Wednesday to 364 days in jail, the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor criminal sexual contact conviction.Woody's attorneys say they plan to pursue an appeal or another trial in the matter.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on state governors and concerns about foreign trade and investment (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The Republican governor of Arkansas is sending the state's economic development director on an additional trip to China to meet with companies that are making investments within his state amid concerns about deteriorating U.S.-China trade relations.Gov.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a probationer who is believed to have left northwestern Montana with a woman who may be in danger.Marco Antonio Guzman, 45, was to appear Wednesday in District Court in Missoula for hearings in three felony cases, including one charging him with assaulting a Frenchtown woman.District Judge Leslie Halligan issued the arrest warrant and the U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on University of New Mexico proposal to eliminate sports (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has voted in favor of recommendations to eliminate four sports as the school's troubled athletics department works to control its spending.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators filed a lawsuit against officials in Gov.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.But beneath the smiles and happy trots around the bases sat a man consumed with rage. For years, the baseball legend would shun his ethnic heritage and kept his family's past a secret.

KYLE, S.D. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded not guilty in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.A federal grand jury indicted 19-year-old Palani Bull Bear on four charges, including second-degree murder. Bull Bear, of Albuquerque, is accused of killing 19-year-old Brycee Red Owl during a confrontation in Kyle June 27.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Key New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to listen to early childhood education experts as advocates push to expand pre-Kindergarten classes through the state.Lawmakers who help to set spending priorities for New Mexico each year will team up with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at a special legislative hearing on Thursday in Santa Fe.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A member of a state education panel that oversees New Mexico's charter schools is abstaining from standing or saying the Pledge of Allegiance.The Albuquerque Journal reports that Commissioner Carmie Lynn Toulouse declined to participate in the reciting of the pledge at the start of a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.Toulouse says she has a problem with the phrase "with liberty and justice for all," explaining that she doesn't believe everyone in the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State governors are looking for ways to court foreign investment and commerce in the shadows of President Trump's aggressive use of tariffs in trade disputes with countries including China and U.S. neighbors.Discussions about economic ties with China were scheduled for Thursday as more than 20 state governors gather in New Mexico's state capital for a National Governors Association meeting.The U.S. and China are threatening a trade war over American complaints that Chinese companies steal trade secrets and force U.S.

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — The southern road to Spaceport America is now paved after New Mexico officials had promised it more than decade ago.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Dona Ana County officials expect a few remaining details — signage and striping — to be completed on the 24-mile (38-kilometer) road next month.A dirt road stretched from the Interstate 25 exit for Upham to the spaceport, but the road's condition had made it impassable for most drivers. From Las Cruces, people headed to spaceport had to travel north to Truth or Consequences and backtrack to the southeast.

By GLEN ROSALES, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four University of New Mexico sports are facing the chopping block - including the highly regarded men's soccer program - under a series of recommendations made late Wednesday by university president Garnett S.

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been injured after a battery tank fire at an oil refinery in southern New Mexico.The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a refinery a few miles east of Loving and triggered a hazmat situation.KRQE-TV reports that six tanks caught fire and the area around the refinery was evacuated.Refinery officials say a perimeter at least a mile in all directions has been secured.No other information was immediately released.___Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's child-abuse tracking system has become obsolete since it was launched more than 20 years ago, officials said.Officials told the Albuquerque Journal that the computer system is so difficult to access that they need to take printouts to court or on family visits.Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an Oklahoma woman has been arrested in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck.They say Kelly R. Hardy is accused of voluntary manslaughter.She was booked into jail in Woodward, Oklahoma before being extradited to New Mexico's McKinley County.It was unclear Wednesday if Hardy has a lawyer yet.State Police found 38-year-old Armondo Monroe severely injured on Interstate 40 in Gallup on June 23.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A judge ruled in favor of Los Alamos County, supporting the county's request to bar Sheriff Marco Lucero from performing law enforcement duties.The Los Alamos Monitor reports Lucero's attorney, A.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Documents show the state quickly reached a $200,000 settlement in 2015 with a New Mexico State Police officer who recently has been accused by a former colleague of having gambled while on duty.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state settled with now-former officer Ruben Maynes two months after his attorney informed Gov. Susana Martinez and the police chief that he was investigating claims of harassment and retaliation against them.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERUQE, N.M. (AP) — Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway."There's children bleeding, there's people unconscious," a female caller tells a dispatcher. "They're pulling them out of the bus right now.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a sex offender is back behind bars after picking up a DWI charge while on probation.The New Mexico attorney general's office says James Richard Coca was on probation for possession of child pornography in late May when he was arrested for a DWI.Authorities say that a judge sentenced Coca on Tuesday to about nine months in lockup. He will be under the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections during that time.He also has been ordered to serve a year on parole.