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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight panel reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory workers producing a shell for a triggering device for nuclear weapons violated safety rules in August by storing too much material at one location in a facility for plutonium, a highly radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board memorandum said workers at the northern New Mexico site discovered the placement error made by a casting crew three days later when they moved the grapefruit-sized shell again.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University says it's lowering tuition for out-of-state students next year. The small university said Friday that its board of regents approved the drop in cost and that it will take effect in fall 2018. Currently, out-of-state students pay 203 percent of what in-state students do. That'll be down to 150 percent. The 2016-2017 tuition cost was roughly $6,000 for in-state students and a little over $15,000 for out-of-state students.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup is getting its own veterans cemetery after a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said Friday that the grant of $6.7 million will fund construction. The closest veterans' cemetery is in Santa Fe, some 200 miles away. Lawmakers say a national veterans' cemetery in Gallup will provide more convenient access to 19,000 vets and their families.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Emil John Kiehne to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Martinez announced the appointment Friday. Kiehne is from Los Lunas and is replacing Judge James Wechsler, who retired. Kiehne is on the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government board and until now has been a partner at a private firm.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The hometown of the late boxer Johnny Tapia is set to honor the former champion with a statue at a community center that will also bare his name. The city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department are scheduled Saturday to unveil the statue at the Johnny Tapia Community Center at Wells Park. The area is where Tapia was raised by his grandparents. His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law. Tapia died at his Albuquerque home in 2012.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has teamed with White Sands Missile Range to create a new lab aimed at sparking interesting among students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub — or TECH for short — will open its doors next week following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Officials describe it as an immersive learning experience. The university and the missile range recently received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Defense Department to build and maintain the lab.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico lawmakers is scheduled to hold another meeting as they search for legislative solutions to reforming the state's beleaguered criminal justice system and curbing crime in one of its most populated areas. The bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee will be meeting next week in Albuquerque. Co-chair Sen. Sander Rue says the crime wave has turned into an ocean of crime for Bernalillo County. The Albuquerque Republican says problems are escalating on a daily basis and public safety needs to be the priority as the panel considers changes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque have unveiled plans for a memorial park that will honor the 11 women whose bodies were found in a mass grave and are believed to be victims of a serial killer. The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department and City Councilor Klarissa Pena on Thursday released the final design after years of work to secure land and funding. Officials say the design was approved by family members of the victims. The families helped select trees, shrubbery, benches and other design features.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The teen accused of killing two people and seriously injuring four at a New Mexico library has waived a scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Eastern New Mexico News reported (http://bit.ly/2fmaxYd ) Thursday that 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett could potentially face two life sentences and 117 years in prison if convicted. He has been charged with two counts of murder and numerous other crimes stemming from the Aug. 28 shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. He remains in custody at the Curry County jail.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say a man missing for more than a month has been found dead and the case is being investigated as a homicide. They say the body of 41-year-old John Soyka of Albuquerque has been located, but details weren't immediately released Thursday. Police say a suspect told detectives last month that Soyka allegedly had been beaten and possibly dismembered in a northwest Albuquerque garage. Authorities have been looking for Soyka since Aug. 8. The Albuquerque Journal reported on Aug.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker called Thursday for an investigation after questions were raised about political donations from financial firms that have been selected to manage hundreds of millions of dollars in investments by the state of New Mexico. Rep. Bill McCamley, chairman of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee, has written to Attorney General Hector Balderas to ask for an investigation into any possible violations of state law.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An American Eagle jet flying from Dallas-Fort Worth aborted its landing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, because of the airport's faulty wind-speed sensor, an airport official said. After the canceled Tuesday night landing, the flight returned to Texas, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2flRq09 ). The 38 passengers finally reached their New Mexico destination on a Wednesday morning flight. Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said the Tuesday flight had to abort because it's against regulations for pilots to land without current wind data.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos High School officials say the school went under lockdown after reports of a bear sighted nearby. Assistant Principal Renee Dunwoody tells the Los Alamos Monitor (http://bit.ly/2xyuKAx ) someone from a nearby Catholic church called the school to inform officials of a bear sighting on Monday in a canyon near the high school. The bear was later seen close to a school fence. Dunwoody says it's the first time this year that a bear sighting caused a local school to lock down.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man is facing his eighth drunken driving charge after police say he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint. The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://goo.gl/RmzvB1 ) that Arsenio Anaya was arrested earlier this month while traveling on Highway 65 toward Montezuma, New Mexico. According to New Mexico State Police, the 53-year-old Anaya made a U-turn on a blind curve to avoid the checkpoint and led police on a brief chase. Police say he was arrested after turning into a driveway.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque are unveiling design plans for a Memorial Park in honor of the 11 women whose bodies were found in a mass grave and are believed to be victims of a serial killer. The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department and City Councilor Klarissa Pena will release details this week of a park after years of work securing land and funding. Officials say the Memorial Park design was approved by the families of the victims. The families helped select trees, shrubbery, benches, and other design features.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters with the New Mexico State Forestry Division are answering the call for help as states around the West are dealing with large wildfires. At least 100 State Forestry personnel are supporting firefighting efforts around the region. State Forester Donald Griego says the West has seen one of the worst fire seasons on record with more than 2 million acres (809,371 hectares) burned. With New Mexico's fire season winding down, he says his agency has been able to share resources.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copayments from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid. State officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will be expanding drug and alcohol testing for its athletes. Interim University President Chaouki Abdallah met with coaches Tuesday and announced the expanded program. University officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fhQLwP) that expanding the program was the right thing to do. The new initiative will be an additional layer of testing that coaches already had the option of doing with their athletes, though each sport had to fund it out of its own budget. Most budgets at UNM have been frozen for several years.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a pickup involved in a hit-and-run crash with a school bus in northern New Mexico has been located and arrested. The New Mexico State Police says there were no injuries in the crash in which the pickup rear-ended the school bus in La Mesilla. The State Police says pickup's driver was arrested in nearby Espanola on suspicion of driving while under the influence. No additional details were released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is providing a $1 million grant for establishment of a biosciences business incubator in Albuquerque. The Commerce Department says it's estimated the grant for Innovate ABQ Inc. will create 155 jobs, retain 80 jobs and generate $2.5 million in private investment.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away. Santa Fe police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Frazier on Sunday near the Shake Foundation where authorities say the bizarre attack occurred. According to a criminal complaint, the victim says Frazier walked up to him to dance then slapped him across his face. The victim says Frazier then stole his green chile cheeseburger and ran from the scene. Witnesses say Frazier also had a belt around his neck.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her conviction on theft of government property and forgery charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the Department of Veteran Affairs. Federal prosecutors said 55-year-old Donah Davison will also be required to pay more than $147,000 in restitution as part of the sentence handed down Tuesday. Davison was charged in November in a multi-count indictment. Most of the counts stemmed from allegations that she deposited surviving-spouse benefit checks to which she wasn't entitled.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copays from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid. State officials will brief lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are sticking to conclusions that drastically limit Republican Congressman Steve Pearce's access to federal campaign funds as he runs for governor. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a response Tuesday to a lawsuit by Pearce that seeks access to $1 million in campaign contributions held in a federally registered account.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who is accused of killing another man by throwing a tire iron at his head has taken a plea deal to lessen charges. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/2xvFnUC ) Monday that 37-year-old Vernon Castle Clark pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, instead of second-degree murder, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Clark is accused of killing 33-year-old Jose Lopez-Perez, who was found dead at a house in February 2016 with a tire iron lodged in his head.

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