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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers began setting a course Tuesday for criminal justice reform during at a daylong forum that explored strategies to reduce crime without putting more people in jail.Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office at the end of the year after a prolonged standoff with lawmakers on major issues of crime and punishment.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The newest group of Navajo Nation police officers will be the first to wear body cameras.Tribal officials say the cameras will increase accountability, and improve evidence collection and opportunities to prosecute domestic violence cases.The tribe had been without a police training facility for years before opening one in Chinle. The first graduation is Friday.The 12 cadets are split evenly between men and women.

By DAVID CRARY, AP National WriterThe sights and sounds are wrenching: A boy's cries of "Papa! Papa!" for the father he had been separated from. Youngsters placed in chain-link cages in an old Texas warehouse. Parents begging to know what will happen to their children.Child welfare has always been a challenging profession; state and local agencies across America make difficult decisions every day to separate children from their parents.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a diner in Farmington, New Mexico for subjecting a Muslim woman to religious discrimination by refusing to let her wear a head scarf.Elizabeth Cadle, director of the agency's five-state district office in Phoenix, said Tuesday the commission sued the Blue Moon Diner for refusing employee Samantha Bandy's request to work while wearing a hijab, a head scarf some Muslim women wear.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of Democratic attorneys general demanded Tuesday that the Trump administration end a "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to Massachusetts sent a letter to U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers say they are setting a course for criminal justice reforms in anticipation of a new administration in 2019.Lawmakers who specialize in public safety and criminal justice issues are participating in a daylong forum Tuesday to consider proven strategies for reducing crime and coping with mental illness and addiction without putting more people in jail. They also are seeking to reduce prison recidivism and better integrate people with criminal histories into society.Second-term Republican Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service has awarded a contract worth more than $4 million to an Arizona-based company as the agency prepares to restore a national historic landmark in Santa Fe.The contract calls for MW Morrissey Construction to repair the exterior adobe walls and other historic elements of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced earlier this month that more than $256 million would go toward rebuilding critical national park infrastructure.

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated PressMCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Politicians and advocates flocked to the Mexican border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.A group of congressional lawmakers on Sunday visited an old warehouse in South Texas where hundreds of children are being held in cages created by metal fencing.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane with red velvet seats had returned the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000.A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An internal investigation by New Mexico's child welfare agency into its handling of the case of a 7-year-old girl who authorities say was sexually exploited has resulted in 11 suspensions, demotions and terminations.State Children, Youth and Families Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson confirmed the disciplinary action in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal.She said all of the employees were from the agency's office in Bernalillo County.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police have charged two teens for damaging a memorial to Vietnam War veterans and a Vietnam War-era Huey Helicopter at a New Mexico park.KVIA-TV in Las Cruces reports 18-year-old Marvin Reyes and a 16-year-old boy were charged last week with one count each of criminal damage to property.The charges come after police received reports last month that teens had damaged the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park in Las Cruces.

EL RITO, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of nonprofit village libraries across New Mexico are in danger of closing without adequate funding and a steady stream of municipal support.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports advocates are pushing for new legislation that would create a $50 million state permanent fund to save small libraries in rural areas that lack bookstores.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Sylvester Stallone has been spotted in southern New Mexico while filming "Creed II."The El Paso Times reports the "Rocky" star was seen in Deming, New Mexico, this weekend while hanging around snakes, enjoying some New York strip and smoking cigars.The actor posted Wednesday on social media that he was on his last days of filming "Creed II" in New Mexico along with Michael B.

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A respiratory pathogen that scientists previously believed to be restricted to sheep and goats has been detected in moose and caribou in Alaska.Scientists have also recently identified Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, also known as Movi, in other animal species for the first time, including a bison in Montana, mule deer in New Mexico and white-tailed deer in the upper Midwest, the Peninsula Clarion reported last week.The pneumonia-like disease may have contributed to the death of an emaciated caribou from the Fortymile herd near Fairbanks, the Alaska Department of Fish and Gam

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say an armed robbery resulted in a police pursuit and an officer-involved shooting in which one suspect died and another was arrested.The names of the two suspects in Saturday afternoon's incident haven't been released yet.Police say the two allegedly were involved in the robbery of a cellphone store.A foot pursuit ended in the parking lot of a supermarket.Police say one suspect died at a hospital.Witnesses say one of the suspects fired at officers during the pursuit. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has convicted an Albuquerque man of stabbing to death his wife's ex-husband in 2016.The Albuquerque Journal reports the jury returned the verdict Friday in the murder case against Terry Lee White.Prosecutor Natalie Strub in her opening statement Tuesday said White's DNA was found under the fingernails of former Bernalillo County firefighter Don Fluitt.Fluitt was found dead on December 2016 in his garage.

SELLS, Ariz. (AP) — The Border Patrol says it's investigating an incident involving an indigenous man who is seen on video being struck by an agent's vehicle.The agency said Friday its Tucson Sector has been made aware of the video taken Thursday on the Tohono O'odham Nation.Paulo Remes, a resident of the Tohono O'odham Nation, told the Arizona Daily Star he ran onto the dirt road because he knew the agent would hit him.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona wildlife managers say two endangered Mexican gray wolves died, bringing the statewide total of dead this year to six.The Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a news release Friday that the animals were found dead in May.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it.The protest was filed against New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission and state engineer by 10 legislators from districts stretching from the northwest of the state to Albuquerque. The lawmakers assert that former Gov.