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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve a New Mexico state budget crisis (all times local): 4:45 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez could call a special Legislative session immediately after the regular session ends at noon on Saturday, and may add non-budget items. Martinez chief of staff Keith Gardner said the Republican governor largely is focused on fiscal matters as New Mexico faces a budget crunch due to declining revenues from oil and gas. However, Gardner says Martinez reserves the right to add "other important" issues.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veto override attempt has failed in the New Mexico House of Representatives on a bill that would have allowed teachers to take more than three days of annual sick leave without being penalized on performance evaluations. Support for the override fell short of a two-thirds supermajority needed to override the veto by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, in a 36-31 vote Friday. Martinez said the bill threatened to reverse recent reductions in teacher absentee rates and to increase the use of substitutes in classrooms. The Senate had approved the override in a 34-7 vote.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is a mixed bag for New Mexico, with less money for some domestic programs but more for defense. One of the poorest states in the nation, New Mexico has struggled to jump start its economy since the recession. And with a downturn in the oil and gas sector, the effects of spending at national laboratories and military bases continue to hold weight in the state. The National Nuclear Security Administration would see an 11 percent increase, or $1.4 billion.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve a New Mexico state budget crisis (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The New Mexico Legislature has approved $6.1 billion budget plan and companion tax increase for the coming fiscal year that would increase funding to public school and hold spending steady at most government agencies. The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted along party lines Friday to approve $280 million in increases to taxes and fees, followed by a voice vote to approve the budget. The budget and tax bills now goes to Republican Gov.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Nineteen residents of southern New Mexico and western Texas have been cited in connection to a cockfighting ring discovered in Berino earlier this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2nhNAXZ ) that the suspects were charged with cockfighting, a petty misdemeanor. They were not arrested. Nine suspects have pleaded no contest to the cockfighting charges and will face sentences of probation. Nine other suspects have pleaded not guilty. The citations come after the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office discovered an alleged cockfighting ring on Jan.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Albuquerque say a fire at an apartment complex damaged or destroyed 70 to 80 cars under a large metal carport-type structure in a gated lot. The Fire Department says no injuries were reported from the fire early Friday morning and that its cause is under investigation. The department says the fire was reported at 12:38 a.m. and that firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes. KRQE-TV (https://goo.gl/emJVKc ) reports that neighbors reported seeing flames as high as 40 feet.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic leaders of the New Mexico House of Representatives say two recent veto attempts by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are invalid. House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton announced early Friday that two bills would go into effect without the governor's signature because her vetoes did not include explanations as required. One House-sponsored bill creates a research program for the industrial production of hemp.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has a torn ACL resulting from a skiing injury in Utah. Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez told The Associated Press an MRI confirmed the Republican governor torn her ACL during her skiing accident. Martinez was in Utah for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. While in Utah, Martinez has criticized the Democrat-led state Legislature for wasting time on matters such as selecting a state dance instead of addressing a crisis in state finances.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only Republican in its congressional delegation has scheduled an in-person town hall meeting in the Democratic stronghold of Las Cruces. Congressman Steve Pearce announced this week that he would hold a town hall on Saturday in the largest city in his district amid angry scenes nationally. The Hobbs Republican recently held town hall meetings in Hobbs and Ruidoso. Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare are facing angry pushback at constituent gatherings from Utah to Michigan to Tennessee and elsewhere, even in solidly Republican districts.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to create an independent political ethics committee in New Mexico (all times local): ___ 7:50 p.m. A proposal to create an independent political ethics commission in New Mexico is being sent to a conference committee to resolve disagreements between the state House and Senate. The House on Thursday refused to endorse Senate revisions to a constitutional amendment that would establish an ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say former bus driver in Las Cruces has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal sexual contact with a minor. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Darien Pete also will have to register as a sex offender upon release from prison. He will receive credit for approximately three months he has already served in jail. At the time of the offense in October 2015, Pete was an employee of a private school bus company contracted to provide transportation services for Las Cruces Public Schools.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation prompted by a potential catastrophe waiting to happen at a busy intersection in the southern New Mexico community of Carlsbad. Experts have warned lawmakers that something needs to be done about the giant cavern that has formed at the edge of the city where two major transportation routes intersect. Nearby is a canal that delivers water to farmers throughout the lower Pecos Valley and a neighborhood of mobile homes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility says a preliminary analysis of options for supplying power in the future shows that closing a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico in five years could be beneficial for customers. Public Service Co. of New Mexico made the announcement Thursday, saying no decision has been made and that much work needs to be done before the utility approaches state regulators with any kind of plan. Public meetings on the utility's resource plan will be held later this year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve a New Mexico state budget crisis (all times local): 4:00 p.m. A rally in support of greater state funding for public education in New Mexico has drawn hundreds of teachers, parents and students to the state Capitol.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will decide next year whether to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals. The New Mexico Legislature gave its approval Thursday by a 30-9 vote of the Senate to amend the constitution and create a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

GANADO, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say an infant's remains have been found on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. The Gallup (New Mexico) Independent reports that Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco said a child's severed head was found Monday in a field in the Ganado area. Francisco told the newspaper the FBI is investigation and he didn't have additional details. Francisco's office says he's attending the funeral Thursday of a Navajo Nation police officer fatally shot on duty.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to resolve a New Mexico state budget crisis (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A proposal to increase New Mexico's tax on cigarettes to $3.16 a pack to boost funding for public schools has voted down by a panel of lawmakers. The House Taxation and Revenue Committee on Thursday voted 9-5 against the Senate-approved tax increase on a variety of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes. The tobacco tax was not part of a broader Senate-approved budget plan that slightly increases education funding. Democratic Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in New Mexico is denouncing state lawmakers for failing to move a proposal that would have boosted spending on early childhood education. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says state senators should negotiate a compromise over a constitutional amendment to fund early childhood education with money from a state sovereign wealth fund. The Senate Rules Committee tabled the initiative Wednesday on a 6-5 vote, ending chances for approval this year. Democratic Sens. Mary Kay Papen and Clemente Sanchez joined Republicans in opposition.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The author of books that inspired "Game of Thrones" is starting a new film project in Santa Fe. George R.R. Martin announced this week that a 10,000-square-foot building he owns in north Santa Fe will serve as an office and production space for film and television groups. Martin says his new nonprofit the Stagecoach Foundation will focus on making filmmaking accessible for local filmmakers and newcomers.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Air Force has released the identities of three service members killed Tuesday night in the crash of a reconnaissance and surveillance plane during a training flight in New Mexico. Cannon Air Force Base officials say the 33-year-old pilot, Capt. Andrew Becker from Novi, Michigan, 29-year-old Capt. Kenneth Dalga from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and 26-year-old co-pilot, 1st Lt. Frederick Dellecker from Daytona Beach, Florida, were killed. Dalga was a combat systems officer. All three were assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest school districts is dismissing school students and teachers early so they can urge state lawmakers and the governor to reach a budget compromise on educational funding. Parents prepared to pick up Santa Fe Public School district students at midday on Thursday after Superintendent Veronica Garcia ordered the schedule change. Garica is urging parents to join a rally at the state Capitol building and says further state spending cuts to education would shorten the school year and reduce staff. The office of Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is asking federal and New Mexico authorities to investigate a couple suspected of urinating on copies of the Quran at a library. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it wants authorities to look into the matter for "possible bias" motives. Santa Fe Public Library workers told police they believed a man and a woman may have urinated on copies of Islam's sacred text and damaged a copy of the 2004 autobiography by former President Bill Clinton last week.

REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation police officer gunned down while responding to a domestic violence call in a remote part of western New Mexico is being remembered for his sense of humor and as someone who always wanted to help others. Funeral services for Houston Largo are expected to draw a crowd of family and fellow law enforcement officers from around the region. A procession from Gallup to the nearby community of Rehoboth will begin Thursday morning. Following the funeral, Largo will be buried at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would gradually set aside up to $5 million to help repair damaged or polluted state trust lands under a bill awaiting the governor's signature or veto. The Senate voted Wednesday to create the State Trust Lands Restoration and Remediation Fund. The fund could be tapped to clean up illegal dumping, restore watersheds from wildfire damage or deal with invasive plant species. The restoration fund was first proposed by Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn as his agency grappled with waste-water spills by a financially troubled oil-well company.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Both chambers of the New Mexico Legislature have approved new gun safety measures designed to prevent shootings in domestic disputes. The House voted 44-22 Wednesday to ban the possession or purchase of firearms by people under permanent protective orders for domestic violence incidents. The Senate must sign off on minor revisions to send the bill to Gov. Susana Martinez. It is unclear if Republican governor supports the measure. The bill would potentially affect thousands of people involved in domestic disputes.

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