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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say they cannot arrest the man they suspect of writing the word terrorist in front of a Muslim man's store. Business owner Mohamed "Ziggy" Rzig says he found the word written in chalk outside the Pyramid Cafe on Sunday. Santa Fe Police Department Lt. Sean Strahon says the act is not being considered a hate crime and because no physical damages were made, prosecutors cannot press charges. Rzig says a man to his cafe Saturday upset and called him and his employees terrorists.

(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the stabbing death of his neighbor in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Matthew Rodriguez was arrested Saturday and is being jailed without bond. Police haven't yet determined a motive for the killing but Lt. Sean Strahon says the suspect has admitted to stabbing the 64-year-old victim with a knife. Police had responded to Smith's duplex to find the victim injured.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are starting the process to replace a judge who is retiring in the judicial district that includes Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties in southwestern New Mexico. The Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission says the deadline for applications to replace Judge H.R. Quintero is 5 p.m. April 13. Quintero serves in Silver City. The district also has judges in Deming.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of three coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners region of the southwest has been partially shut down and the other two could close in the next five years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the change likely means cleaner air in the region where the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. But it also means hundreds of lost jobs for plant workers and coal miners, many of them members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own. It's still not clear how Trump will pay for the wall that, as described in contracting notices, would be 30 feet (9 meters) high and easy on the eye for those looking at it from the north. The Trump administration will also have to contend with unfavorable geography and many legal battles.

UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. (AP) — A University of Denver program is helping Native Americans draft wills, helping overcome a cultural aversion to discuss death. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nnJAV4 ) that about 20 law students from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law visited the Upper Fruitland Chapter of the Navajo Nation to help tribe members draft wills. The program was created after the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 changed the way some pieces of land are distributed to heirs. The Office of the Special Trustee in the U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate went up in February, ensuring the state would again have the country's highest percentage of unemployed workers. Statistics released by state and federal officials on Friday show that New Mexico's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, up from 6.7 percent in January. The national unemployment rate is 4.7 percent. Only Alaska and Alabama have jobless rates in the six-percent range. Reports indicate that government jobs declined by 500 positions. State leaders have often said New Mexico depends too heavily on government jobs.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has a new city attorney and a new director of the just-created economic development department. City Manager Stuart Ed announced on Friday that Jennifer Vega-Brown will be the new city attorney while Philip San Filippo will run the economic development department. Vega-Brown comes from Rio Rancho, where she worked as city attorney and assistant city attorney. She used to be assistant county attorney and public information officer for Bernalillo County. Vega-Brown starts the job on April 10.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Cruces say a judge has denied their request to hold a 19-year-old man suspected of brutally killing a man with a shovel on no bond. They say Taylor James "TJ" Enriquez had his bond reduced to $100,000 and that a judge refused to increase it. Enriquez faces charges of murder, false imprisonment and battery in connection to the late February death of 23-year-old Alberto Nunez-Lopez of Mesquite. Police were dispatched to a home around 8 p.m. Sunday and found a man with multiple lacerations to his head and neck.

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a third suspect in the killing of a 49-year-old Roswell man. The Artesia Daily Press (http://bit.ly/2nwKDTa ) reports that the Eddy County Sheriff's Office arrested 21-year-old Ryan Morgan of Artesia on Wednesday in connection to the beating death of Danny Mendes on March 5. Mendes was found on a roadway and died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police described his killing as a bludgeoning. Police have also arrested 26-yearold Michael Jimenez and 21-year-old Shabriel Lopez in connection the case.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on potential effects of health care reform in New Mexico (all times local): 2 p.m. New Mexico's two senators have joined dozens of their colleagues in warning Republican leaders in the House that they will not support the current proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the statement Friday as House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the legislation after President Donald Trump asked him to halt debate without a vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque paramedic will not have her felony arrest record expunged after a ruling from the state Supreme Court. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nZQDkY ) that the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that while Christine Stump's 2008 arrest was unfortunate, the record of it is important for public accountability. Stump was arrested for battery on a police officer after she grabbed the arm of a police officer as the two argued about who had priority over a scene.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer resigned after being arrested in an alleged off-duty DWI wreck in which Roswell police said his SUV struck two parked vehicles and flipped over March 17. Paul Flores pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated DWI, careless driving and negligent use of a deadly weapon. Defense attorney Luke Ragsdale said Friday he couldn't discuss details of the case or why Ragsdale resigned but said Flores denies driving under the influence.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez's signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year. The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots. Political analyst Brian Sanderoff says combining school board and municipal elections could boost turnout significantly.

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Northbound Interstate 25 is closed in northern New Mexico near the Colorado line due to blizzard or white-out conditions from the bottom of a spring storm in Colorado. The New Mexico Department of Transportation says northbound I-25 was closed Friday morning between Raton and Raton Pass, which is on the state line. The National Weather Service says snowfall and strong winds will continue in the Raton area and other mountain areas of northern New Mexico through midday Friday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis by New Mexico insurance regulators projects "a major potential impact" from Republican plans to overhaul former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The state Office of the Superintendent of Insurance released its report Friday as Congress prepared for a vote on the proposed overhaul. Among many things, the bill would eliminate unpopular fines on those who do not obtain coverage and the often generous subsidies for those who purchase insurance. The proposal also would end Medicaid expansion.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a new judge to the Third Judicial District Court. Martinez announced on Thursday she had appointed Conrad Perea to the court's third division. Perea will fill a vacancy created when Judge Darren M. Kugler resigned. Martinez says Perea has over 35 years of legal and law enforcement expierence. He is a former officer with the Las Cruces Police Department and has graduated from the FBI's national academy and the Border Patrol academy. Perea served as magistrate court judge in Dona Ana County since 2010.

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a Lovington man is dead following a single-vehicle crash. Police say 34-year-old Daniel Knoll was headed east on Avenue R near 17th Street in Lovington when he approached a curve and lost control of the car on Wednesday. The car ran off the road, struck a road embankment and overturned in the southeastern New Mexico city. Police say Knoll was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead on scene.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is praising a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that bolsters the rights of millions of learning-disabled students. The ruling issued this week requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The case involved a boy who attended public school outside Denver. Balderas was among those who filed briefs in the case.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered a hiring freeze for all agencies under her control, a move designed to save cash pending a political standoff over funding state government and public schools. Martinez announced the freeze Thursday in a memo sent to her cabinet secretaries. She's still disappointed that the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent her a budget built on $350 million in tax increases and fee hikes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is no closer to finding a more permanent solution to solvency problems with a vital program that provides college scholarships for tens of thousands of students through lottery revenues. The Legislature wrapped up its regular session more than a week ago without passing any measures that would affect the program's long-term bottom line. Some have warned that the scholarships might only pay 70 percent of tuition starting next fall, but state officials are still crunching numbers.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A suspended northern New Mexico judge has been found in contempt of court after she failed to follow a court order. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nrVAWf ) that Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston failed to provide recordings and transcripts of private conversations captured in the Aztec Magistrate Court building. A district court judge found that Johnston violated court order and may have altered the requested recordings. Johnston says the court order is incorrect and that she plans to fight it.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say an approaching storm system with potentially damaging strong winds is expected to poses hazards that include extreme fire conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains through Thursday and into Friday. The National Weather Service says eastern and central New Mexico will see winds gusting up to 70 mph. Forecasters warn of dangerous crosswinds on roads oriented north and south and blowing dust reducing visibilities to a mile or less on the eastern plains and central New Mexico's lower elevations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is accused of committing 47 armed robberies in a five-month period. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nMS1e8 ) that police arrested 46-year-old Paul Salas March 16 after he robbed a Verizon Wireless store of cash, 22 new iPhones and a tracking device. Police say they used the tracking device to follow Salas into a parking garage and arrest him. Police have also connected him with robberies at several other local businesses including ice cream shops, taco joints, auto parts stores and sandwich chains.

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