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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a New Mexico State Police officer did not violate any constitutional right to privacy when he used his personal cellphone to take and text to friends pictures of a Santa Fe-area man who had been killed by police. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2bx01bw ) that 34-year-old Samuel Pauly, who lived in Glorieta, was shot and killed by police in 2011 before an officer snapped photos of the death scene. Earlier this month U.S. District Court Judge Judith C.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police have shot and killed a robbery suspect who they say was armed with a knife. The man, who hasn't yet been identified, was shot Sunday afternoon on a bridge over Interstate 25. He was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries. Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says officers had responded to a home to a report of a stolen pickup truck. Officers later spotted the truck on the bridge, where Trujillo says the driver confronted police while armed with a knife. Officers fired at the suspect, striking him at least once.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber is extending the option to request a Spanish-speaking driver to New Mexico, the nation's most Hispanic of states. The San Francisco-based Uber will announce Monday the launch of uberESPAÑOL in New Mexico at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. This new feature will be available to customers in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces who use the Uber app on a smartphone. The app in those areas will allow riders to request an uberX with a Spanish-speaking driver-partner.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Thousands gathered today to honor Jose Chavez, a Hatch police officer who was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Law enforcement officers, civilians and New Mexico dignitaries packed the Pan American Center Sunday afternoon in Las Cruces. Gov. Susana Martinez said that for Chavez, who was born in Juarez, Mexico, obtaining U.S. citizenship was not enough to fulfill his American dream. He insisted on giving back to his community in uniform. Chavez's flag-draped coffin arrived in a Navy blue hearse.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico affiliate of United Way is resuming raffles of firearms to raise money. The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2b4gKmI) that the United Way of Otero County confirmed last week that it received permission from United Way Worldwide to continue raffle sales. The organization had been selling 2017 calendars with a raffle entry ticket attached for $50. Buyers had the chance to be entered into a twice-weekly firearms raffle.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has received a multimillion-dollar grant to research the genetics of one of the state's most fruitful crops. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported (http://bit.ly/2bEKqEY) Saturday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $4.4 million grant to NMSU researchers studying pecan trees. Lead researcher Jennifer Randall says the funds will go toward a project focused on identifying genetic markers in the trees. Randall says the research will help pecan growers make better pecan trees.

ALBUQUERUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections now has seven new prison transport vans. KOAT-TV reports that the purchase of the state-of-the-art vans comes in the wake of a high-profile escape of two fugitives who were later caught in Albuquerque. A review of their escape in March by officials revealed that the two took advantage of their van's worn out condition. According to the report, Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz broke a metal plate that kept them from the van's back doors. Officials say these new vans have a camera system for drivers to monitor inmates.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have arrested a man after he allegedly stabbed two others with a box cutter in Albuquerque. Authorities say the suspect and the victims were intoxicated and got into a fight in the area of Central Avenue and San Mateo Boulevard. KRQE-TV reports that during the altercation, the suspect pulled out a box cutter. Police say the two victims suffered stab wounds that are not life-threatening. They were taken to a hospital for treatment. Police have not released the identities of anyone involved.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Navajo Nation wants a lawsuit against the Mormon Church over the alleged sexual abuse of four Navajo children heard in tribal court. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the tribe's attorneys filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge in Salt Lake City to dismiss the suit until after it goes through tribal proceedings. According to the motion, the attorneys argue that having the case go through federal court challenges the tribe's sovereignty. Church attorneys say their constitutional religious freedoms could be denied in a tribal court.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A civilian Albuquerque police board will review the internal investigation into the fatal 2014 police shooting of a teenage girl. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2bw2Drj) that the nine-person panel will be looking at how the investigation was conducted and if any policy violations occurred in the aftermath of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes' death. This will be the third police shooting incident examined by the Police Oversight Board, which is tasked with making policy recommendations. Authorities say Hawkes was a suspect in a vehicle theft in April 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is promising a balanced budget, a ban on immigration quotas and other fiscally conservative but socially inclusive measures. The former New Mexico governor spoke at a rally with supporters in his home state Saturday afternoon at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Johnson hit back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's previous calls to build a wall along the Mexico border. He also pushed for legalizing marijuana and eliminating some taxes.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A hawk species under federal protection is nesting at New Mexico State University for a fourth year in a row, reigniting concern about safety for the public and the birds. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2bvMIcn) that Swainson's hawks have returned as students begin a new semester this week. NMSU business management professor David Boje recently obtained a grant to buy 40 umbrellas that have been placed in containers in the vicinity of the nest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Albuquerque and police say the driver will likely not face charges. Police spokesman Fred Duran says the incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in the area of Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard. According to Duran, the victim suffered fatal injuries. Investigators believe an error on the part of the pedestrian is what led to the accident. The pedestrian's identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin. No charges are being filed against the driver at this time.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is courting voters in his home state with a weekend political rally as he pushes to break through the two-party political barrier. Johnson and running mate Bill Weld have scheduled a Saturday afternoon rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Libertarian ticket is polling below the 15 percent threshold need for Johnson to participate in the televised fall presidential debates alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque elementary school is taking a new transgender bathroom policy further, instructing teachers to no longer address students as "boys and girls." KOB-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2bEXkDh) Friday that teachers at Carlos Rey Elementary received a written directive from the assistant principal this month that they eliminate gender in classrooms. Albuquerque Public Schools says the assistant principal's instructions are a mistaken case of overreach. District officials say their transgender policy does not prohibit referring to students as boys and girls.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has lifted an order that halted Albuquerque's plans for building a rapid transit route along a stretch of Historic Route 66. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted an injunction that had barred the city or its contractors from tearing up the roadway and beginning construction work on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. The $119 million project would create a nine-mile network of bus-only lanes and bus stations in the middle of Central Avenue.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Ohio fugitive accused of fatally shooting a New Mexico police officer has been denied bond. Jesse Hanes of Columbus made his first appearance in federal court on Friday. He appeared via video in magistrate court in Las Cruces. Hanes was arraigned on federal carjacking and firearms crimes. The 38-year-old Hanes is accused of gunning down Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez during a traffic stop last week. He also faces a first-degree murder charge in state court. Chavez was shot on Aug. 12 in Hatch and died at a Texas hospital.

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police is investigating a fatal shooting of a Texas man by Ruidoso police. They say Ruidoso police were called out to a home about 11:30 p.m. Thursday about an armed male suspect involved in a domestic violence dispute. Officers say they removed 15 people from the residence. Occupants told police that 29-year-old David Klassen was intoxicated and had become violent and allegedly threatened some residents with a rifle. Officers say Klassen was found inside the home and ignored repeated commands to drop the rifle.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two hikers have been rescued after becoming dehydrated near the Three Rivers area of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. They say Carlos Samora from Carrizozo, New Mexico, and Blake Wilson from Dallas, Texas, had to stop their hike about 10 a.m. Thursday. Samora decided to hike out and bring water back to Wilson. But when he returned, Wilson was not where he was left. Samora called for help and a search and rescue mission began. A State Police helicopter located Wilson about 6:30 p.m. on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are extending the enrollment period by up to 60 days for patients who need to renew their certification for the state's medical marijuana program. The announcement was made Friday on the Health Department's website. Officials say state and local law enforcement agencies have been alerted about the temporary change, which affects those whose cards expire between June 15 and December 31, 2016. The move comes as the state tries to whittle down a backlog of applications for both new patients and those seeking renewals.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Around three dozen teens from Asia and Latin America have received citizenship certificates at a special ceremony in New Mexico. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday presented the certificates in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for minors who recently earned citizenship through their parents. The teen, from ages 14 to 18, earned citizenship after they were adopted or after a parent became a naturalized citizenship. Children as young as 5-years-old also earned citizenship Friday but their certificates were mailed to their parents' homes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has announced it will start selling beer and wine at all home football games in the fall. UNM says booze will go on sale as of Sept. 1 and that the decision was made in response to fan feedback. New Mexico State University also now offers alcohol sales at games. The new policy comes with a limit of four beer or wine glasses per person.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in July. That's up from 6.2 percent in June and down from 6.6 percent a year ago. The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state's economy added 9,600 jobs compared to the previous year. Bernalillo County is the state's most populous county. Its July unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June. The two counties with the highest employment rates in July were Luna County at 10.9 percent and McKinley County at 10.5 percent.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say a 45-year-old man was arrested after pointing his gun at driver and running a red light in front of an officer during a road rage incident. Scott Swearingen of Organ, New Mexico, faces one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say they were called to a road rage incident on Thursday night. Swearingen was swerving and driving extremely slow in a pickup when another driver passed him and honked to get his attention. Swearingen then pointed a handgun at the driver and started chasing him.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Renowned livestock expert and author Temple Grandin, whose life became an award-winning movie, will be at New Mexico State University this month to teach students and faculty about animal science and autism. Grandin is a professor of livestock behavior and welfare at Colorado State University and will be at NMSU in Las Cruces from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26. She will lecture on subjects such as animal science and the importance of human- animal bond to people with autism. Grandin will also be signing copies of her book.

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