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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of four apartments have been displaced by a fire in a complex in southeastern Albuquerque.

Fire Department spokesman Derrick Pino says one person was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The fire broke out early Friday morning at a complex on the 6000 block of Anderson Avenue SE.

Pino says the residents had already left their apartments when firefighters arrived. He says the complex's management found places for the displaced residents to stay overnight.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Republicans and Senate Democrats are expected to announce a compromise on a bail reform proposal.

The two sides have scheduled a press conference Friday to announce a deal amid pressure to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk or danger to the public.

A proposal by Republican Rep. David Adkins that had been scheduled for a House floor vote in Santa Fe on Wednesday suddenly was put on hold as both sides began talks.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor has found $4.4 billion in unspent funds tucked away in hundreds of agency accounts.

State Auditor Tim Keller announced the findings Friday as the Legislature scours state accounts for unspent cash to make up for plunging state revenue forecasts linked to low crude oil prices and lower-than-expected sales tax receipts.

The Office of the State Auditor examined fund balances as of July 1, 2015, seeking to identify money that is sitting unnecessarily idle when it might otherwise be used to stimulate the economy and employment.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A high-ranking official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced his resignation after more than 15 years with the institution.

According to a memo sent to lab employees on Thursday, Los Alamos Executive Director Richard Marquez told lab Director Charles McMillan that he would leave the lab, effective immediately.

Marquez did not respond to requests for comment and lab officials declined to comment.

Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business Craig Leasure will serve as interim executive director.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico commission has denied a motion that would prevent a utility from making its customers cover the costs of a nuclear power unit it recently purchased.

The Public Regulation Commission's hearing officer ruled against the motion Tuesday. Renewable energy nonprofit New Energy Economy had accused the Public Service Company of New Mexico of trying to "sneak in" the purchase without PRC approval.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's House of Representatives has approved provisions for some retired law enforcement officers to return to work while also receiving pension benefits.

The Democratic-led Senate has not yet voted on the double-dipping rules. Republican Gov. Susan Martinez supports the plan.

The legislation was designed to help Albuquerque's police force and other local law enforcement agencies address shortfalls in staffing and difficulties with recruiting new officers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk and danger to the public.

Rep. David Adkins' proposal had been scheduled for a state House floor vote Wednesday. It countered a version first put forward by Sen. Peter Wirth, a Santa Fe Democrat, that has garnered some bipartisan support and endorsements from criminal defense and district attorneys associations, and judges.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Environment Department is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn on Wednesday told members of a state legislative committee that the agency plans to monitor water quality for one year to ensure it's safe for recreational use.

Flynn said the agency instead needs to treat the incident as a human health issue.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico corrections officers and their union leaders are concerned that a slate of legislative proposals for tougher criminal sentencing could aggravate safety problems at understaffed state prisons.

Connie Derr speaks for a public employees' union overseeing about 9,000 state corrections workers. She said Wednesday that more funding will be needed to recruit and pay for corrections officers if the Legislature approves tougher sentencing provisions backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman got hit by a vehicle and is dead after she argued with her boyfriend and was stranded on Interstate 25 south of Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says the woman was trying to flag down vehicles when she was struck Tuesday evening.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says deputies learned that the woman had argued with her boyfriend and that he stopped the vehicle they were in on the side of the highway, got out and began walking.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A carmaker has been ordered to pay more than $8 million after a toddler suffered brain damage after getting her head stuck in a power window.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that on Friday U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales reduced a jury's $9.6 million verdict by $1 million, but denied a new trial or a judgment as a matter of law requested by Volvo Cars of North America.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico commission has denied a motion that would prevent a utility from making its customers cover the costs of a nuclear power unit it recently purchased.

The New Mexican reports that the Public Regulation Commission's hearing officer ruled against the motion Tuesday. Renewable energy nonprofit New Energy Economy had accused the Public Service Company of New Mexico of trying to "sneak in" the purchase without PRC approval.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that calls for New Mexico third graders who don't show proficiency in reading to be held back has stalled in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted Monday to table a proposal that would have had students not reading at grade level repeat the third grade and be given intensive remediation. The move likely kills the bill this session.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is warning lawmakers that it could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed the dairy industry.

Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte testified Monday before the House agriculture committee.

He said producers have been working with the Farm Service Agency to tally losses as the state builds its case for a federal disaster declaration.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators received more than $20,000 in compensation on average in 2015 even though they are not paid a salary.

More than $2.3 million was paid out to state lawmakers to offset personal expenses and travel, according to information from the Department of Finance and Administration obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

House and Senate members collect a daily expense payment that covers work during legislative sessions and committee meetings year-round.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to reform New Mexico's bail bond system has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee approved the proposal from Sen. Peter Wirth, a Santa Fe Democrat, whose changes to the state constitution would allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight risk or danger to the community.

Wirth's proposal also would allow cash-strapped defendants facing non-violent, low-level charges to be released from jail as they await trial.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state's liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.

The proposal from Sen. George Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, could appropriate about $40,000 every month to McKinley County if it passes. The allocations for substance abuse services for the homeless would begin in July.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say alcohol and speed were factors in a single-vehicle accident that left a car's driver and two passengers dead and two others injured.

Officer Tanner Tixier said investigators determined that 27-year-old David Bowie was "showing off" and driving over 100 mph before the car blew through a stop sign and crashed into a field early Friday morning.

Tixier said the passengers killed the crash were 28-year-old Sondra Evans and 36-year-old Teashieva Slowman.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque women face child abuse charges after authorities say a 3-year-old girl suffering from hypothermia was found face down in a tub of cold water.

The suspects — 49-year-old Adelle Rigbsy and 18-year-old Tiffany Desvigne — have been arrested, and The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday they are each being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she was treated for hypothermia on Jan. 29 after authorities found her in the bathtub.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal has been approved by the state Senate's Public Affairs Committee that would increase the necessary qualifications needed to for sheriff in any New Mexico county.

Senate Democrats say there are currently no minimum qualifications outlined in state law for holding a sheriff's office.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Oil and Gas Association president has been named interim city manager of a troubled New Mexico border city.

The Sunland Park city council voted 4-3 during a heated meeting to hire former New Mexico State University regent Bob Gallagher to a $56,000 six-month contract. Under the terms of the deal, Gallagher will work two weeks per month.

The vote comes as two Sunland City councilors face legal problems stemming from separate arrests.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.

The state was the first to require all licensed clinicians to undergo extra training for prescribing painkillers, but now lawmakers are looking for new ways to quell the growing addiction to opioids and not everyone is onboard.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.3 billion state budget with spending increases dominated by Medicaid, public schools and the state prison system is moving to the full House of Representatives for deliberations.

The downsized spending bill was approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on Thursday in a 12-5 vote with full Republican support and Democrat lawmakers divided.

The state last week slashed its forecast for revenues next year by $200 million.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key House panel has approved a bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft.

The House Judiciary Committee passed the proposal unanimously Thursday.

Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, sponsored the bill to allow the companies to operate legally in New Mexico.

The legal status of the companies has been in limbo in the state since they began offering services in 2014. The companies say the state's Motor Carrier Act doesn't apply to them because they don't operate as commercial taxi businesses.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates say they will give up the right for immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses to achieve a REAL ID compromise.

Immigrant rights groups say they can live with a bipartisan proposal that instead would allow those immigrants and other residents to get "driver's authorization card." Marcela Diaz, executive director of Santa Fe-based advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says she doesn't believe that bill singles out or discriminates against immigrants.