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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet with Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price during her visit to Washington, D.C. A spokesman for the second-term GOP governor says she traveled Thursday to the nation's capital to participate in meetings with other governors, including a group meeting at the White House with Donald Trump. Spokesman Michael Lonergan offered few details about the engagement with Price. New Mexico residents and state government have a lot at stake in the pending health care overhaul by Republicans in Washington.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has changed his plea to guilty. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Roy Heilbron entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque. They say Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison and term of supervised release to be determined by the court, which also will determine the restitution amount.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 2:30 p.m. on a New Mexico proposal to ban alcohol for repeat DWI offenders (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A Democratic-control House committee has tabled a proposal that would have banned alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers. The House Consumer and Public Affairs voted 3-2 on Thursday to sideline a bill that would have mandated a lifetime alcohol ban for those convicted of a third drunken driving conviction. The measure would have been one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country. Republican Rep.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to increase the enforcement powers of New Mexico oil and natural gas regulators over drilling and environmental violations has earned an initial nod of approval from a panel state lawmakers. A state Senate panel endorsed legislation Thursday that would restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 when aquifers are polluted or threatened by drilling operations, and lesser fines for other violations of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Act. Texas allows daily penalties of $10,000.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The city of Las Cruces has agreed to pay $400,000 to a man who claims police officers used excessive force on him when he was detained in a holding cell. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2mbXeeJ ) that the settlement figure between the city and Ross Flynn was confirmed Wednesday. Flynn filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments were violated when he was arrested by Las Cruces police officers in December 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf is citing safety concerns in cutting the livestream from the political performance art piece that was installed in downtown Albuquerque just days ago. The actor informed his followers via social media Thursday that the stream was taken down after gunshots were reported in the area. He says the safety of participants was paramount. LaBeouf and two other artists on Saturday mounted a camera to a wall with the message "He will not divide us," referring to President Donald Trump.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Staff at Albuquerque Public Schools will not face layoffs or furloughs this year as the district has found other ways to cover a $12.5 million budget cut. The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2moQhCS ) that instead of making the money through staff changes, the district is taking $6.65 million out of cash reserves and making up the rest from a number of areas, including substitute teacher funds and staff reductions by attrition. The $12.5 million budget cut came Jan. 31 when Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new proposal would ban alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers in what would make for one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales is scheduled to be heard by a House committee Thursday. Under the legislation, those convicted of a second drunken driving offense would be prevented from purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages for a year. A lifetime ban would be imposed after a third conviction.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers would be required to get search warrants before delving into private electronic communications under a measure approved by the New Mexico Senate. Sens. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe and Jim Dines of Albuquerque say the bill would update the state's antiquated privacy laws to cover emails, text messages and other digital information. The bipartisan legislation has support from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. The proposal would be an extension of a 2014 U.S.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by parents against the former boys basketball coach at Espanola Valley High School has moved to federal court. Lawyers for the parents of four former players filed papers last week to move the lawsuit against Richard Martinez to U.S. District Court. The lawsuit says Martinez regularly battered one player during the last basketball season and assaulted the father of another player. Martinez's attorney, Sam Bregman, says the former coach did nothing wrong. The parents are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages and attorney's fees.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve New Mexico's state budget crisis (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a proposal to increase state revenues for the coming fiscal year to prevent further state spending cuts. The Democratic majority backed the legislation on a 37-32 party-line vote on Wednesday. Republicans said they favored greater austerity measures and delays to construction projects to shore up the state general fund, among other measures.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe City Council has passed a resolution that would affirm the city's immigrant-friendly policies without using the word "sanctuary." The council's vote Wednesday evening was 8-0 with one council member absent. What started out as a rebuke to President Donald Trump's efforts to address illegal immigration, the resolution has been softened and the reference to sanctuary removed.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve New Mexico's state budget crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The New Mexico House of Representatives is debating a Democrat-sponsored bill that would increase state revenues by $250 million to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year and shore up state reserves. Debate began on the House floor Wednesday on the plan to bridge a budget shortfall without new cuts to state general fund spending. It would raise more money from taxes and fees on online retail sales, hospitals, car buyers and trucking business.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in the New Mexico House of Representative are admonishing their colleagues in the Democratic majority for proposed tax increases designed to close a budget shortfall. Republican lawmakers including House Minority Leader Nate Gentry presented alternatives Wednesday that they say can avert spending cuts without outright tax increases.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Senate committee has delayed action a measure that would make it easier for independents to vote in primary elections. The Senate Rules Committee failed on Wednesday to discuss a bill sponsored by Sen. John Sapien that would let voters not affiliated with any political party vote in primary elections by choosing an affiliation by requesting a ballot. Voters currently have to designate a party affiliation on the voter's certificate of registration.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Lynn Gallagher as the head of the state's public health agency. The unanimous vote came during Wednesday's floor session. Gallagher has held the top spot at the state Health Department since March 2016 when she was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez following the death of then-Secretary Retta Ward. Gallagher's resume included recent stints as deputy health secretary and general counsel for the Long-Term Services Department, after an early career in business and finance in New York and Florida.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former U.S. Congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords is stepping into a tense debate about whether to require background checks on most private gun sales in New Mexico. Giffords and her national gun-safety advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions on Wednesday threw their weight behind efforts to build a broader support in New Mexico for bills designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence and the mentally ill.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) --The teenager accused of shooting and killing an Albuquerque homeowner during a night of mobbing has been ordered to serve 25 years in prison. A judge sentenced 18-year-old Jeremiah King for the 2015 murder of Steven Gerecke during a court hearing Wednesday. Many of Gerecke's family and friends were in the courtroom. King had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in December in which he admitted to first-degree murder and several other charges.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several Albuquerque groups are concerned about immigration arrests targeting people leaving scheduled court hearings. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2m8qR0r ) it's not clear if this is an escalation of ICE policy or is coming to light amid scrutiny of President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. Chief Judge Nan Nash of the 2nd Judicial District says she isn't aware of such actions in her 14 years at the court. Civil rights groups, advocates against domestic violence, attorneys and others want the courts to intervene.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say they have a plan for improving a problem-plagued veterans housing program. Tribal President Russell Begaye's office says the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration submitted a corrective action plan in response to critical audit findings. The findings included poor accountability for building materials, selection of ineligible veterans for homes, poor construction management and uninhabitable homes. Begaye's office says the veterans housing program is revising its policies and procedures to implement the corrective action plan.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for assaulting a woman two years ago in a Santa Fe home. Patrick Yazzie-Tso was sentenced Tuesday for his earlier guilty plea on federal assault charges. Authorities say the 28-year-old from Santa Fe assaulted the woman in December 2015 by punching her in the face, hitting her over the head with a large painting canvas, choking her and threatening to kill her.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council has passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2m7LCJM ) that the City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of the resolution opposing a wall along Dona Ana County's southern border with Mexico. Mayor Pro Tem Greg Smith says a wall would harm the area's economy by hurting its relationship with Mexico. City Councilor Ceil Levatino voted against the proposal, saying nations have the right to regulate immigration.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo energy company is in talks with the Arizona Public Service Co. to acquire a stake in the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2lG2xSE ) that Navajo Transitional Energy Co. is negotiating with the Arizona utility company to acquire a 7 percent interest in the power plant. NTEC is an enterprise owned by the Navajo tribe. It owns the Navajo Mine, which is the sole supplier of coal to the power plant. APS acquired the 7 percent stake through an affiliate, 4C Acquisition LLC, a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Senate committee is scheduled to debate a measure that would make it easier for independents to vote in primary elections. The Senate Rules Committee is slated Wednesday to hear a bill sponsored by Sen. John Sapien that would let voters not affiliated with any political party vote in primary elections by choosing to affiliate by requesting a ballot. Voters currently have to designate a party affiliation on the voter's certificate of registration.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for his guilty plea to assaulting a woman two years ago in a Santa Fe home. Patrick Yazzie-Tso was sentenced Tuesday for his earlier guilty plea on federal assault charges. Authorities say the 28-year-old from Santa Fe assaulted the woman in December 2015 by punching her in the face, hitting her over the head with a large painting canvas, chocking her by wrapping his hands around her neck and threatening to kill her.

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