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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council is prohibiting panhandlers from soliciting motorists at medians and sidewalks and making it illegal for motorists to physically interact with them. An ordinance approved Monday night also bars so-called boot brigades that firefighters sometimes engage in to raise money from motorists, a Brownie trying to sell cookies to motorists or any other activity when drivers are being asked to interact with a pedestrian. It won't apply in instances where motorists can pull over into street side parking.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man is suing Walgreens over claims a pharmacist erroneously filled a prescription for him, and that anti-anxiety drug led to a suicide attempt. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an attorney for Anthony Gonzales filed a lawsuit last week in New Mexico state district court stemming from an alleged mix up from 2014. According to the lawsuit, Gonzales was attempting to fill prescriptions for a muscle relaxant filled at a Walgreens in Espanola, New Mexico. Court papers say the drugs were prescribed to treat injuries from an auto accident.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation education agency wants to remove a school board member after claims she failed to list two alcohol-related convictions on her candidacy paperwork. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Department of Diné Education has filed a complaint with the Navajo Election Administration to remove Sanostee Day School board member Temara Lewis-Emerson. Court records show Lewis-Emerson was convicted in Farmington Magistrate Court in April 2013 of a misdemeanor count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A prominent Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor is outlining her economic agenda for the state. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a plan designed to foster sustained job creation, attract millennial-generation workers and stop the "brain drain" of talented professionals exiting the state. As she runs for governor, Lujan Grisham says she wants assemble industry leaders and entrepreneurs to address the state's economic difficulties, and for state universities to help more.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether 10 bills vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez deserved to be invalidated because the governor allegedly failed to explain her decisions. Supreme Court justices on Monday unanimously agreed to wade into the dispute between the governor's office and lawmakers who say Martinez never offered a reason for her vetoes and missed veto deadlines.

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she has called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to express her sympathies for the victims of the church shooting near San Antonio that killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others. Martinez says in a statement that only a coward would attack people while at a place of worship. Authorities didn't identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday. But two other officials identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A central New Mexico school district is considering moving to a four-day week schedule. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Socorro Consolidated Schools officials are examining if such a change would attract qualified teachers. School board member J.C. Trujillo says the five-member board wants the hard facts on a shorter week and more opinions. The district recently posted a survey on its website asking whether community members agreed or disagreed with a four-day week. Trujillo says there is a lot that still needs to be discussed.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico's biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found that an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Mexico's $180 million pecan industry. In late 2016, and January 2017, the weevil was found in residential pecan orchards in multiple counties in southeast New Mexico. It was confirmed in Eddy, Lea, Chaves and Curry counties.

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a police shooting in the popular tourist village of Ruidoso. The Ruidoso Police Department announced Sunday that at least one officer opened fire after a vehicle rammed into a patrol car. Authorities say officers were investigating a call for suspicious activity. It was not clear if any suspects were shot in the encounter. No further information was available.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Jobs in the energy industry are slowly coming back to northwest New Mexico, marking a shift after several setbacks in commodity pricing and market demand for U.S. oil and gas. The Farmington Daily Times reports that producers and oil service companies in the Farmington area are beginning to hire again, falling in line with the local unemployment rate that has shown improvement this year after steadily increasing since 2014. Halliburton's Farmington office posted for more than 30 job openings last month for service operators, supervisors, mechanics and technicians.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden has announced he plans to retire at the end of this month. KOB-TV reports that the announcement was made by a letter from Eden to police department employees Saturday morning. Eden states in the letter that he made the decision in March. The chief's retirement was expected as a new administration will be in place after this month's mayoral election. However, the charge in police leadership will come at one of the worst periods for crime in years for New Mexico's largest city.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico credits its reliance on paper ballots in part for making the state less vulnerable to hackers and vote thieves. The state was not among the 21 states where Russian hackers were accused of targeting voting systems last year, New Mexico election officials said. As concerns circulate about cybersecurity and the election process, more states are considering turning back to paper ballots, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers and members of the public say safety of Los Alamos County groundwater is in doubt because of pollution from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. U.S. Department of Energy officials have acknowledged for years that there is a significant concentration of the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium pooled in the aquifer under Los Alamos. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the chemical came from decades of negligent lab waste disposal.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo grandmother who was facing deportation has sought refuge in a Las Cruces church. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Saturday that Martha Lorena Rivera sought refuge at the Franciscan-run Holy Cross Retreat Center. She was set to be deported on Oct. 16 and sought refuge a day earlier. A news release from NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fé (CAFé) says she plans to speak at a prayer vigil on Monday. Rivera has lived in Alamogordo since 2002 and has been working with an attorney to be granted a stay of deportation since 2011.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators say methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico have dropped by more than 50 percent over the past year thanks to advances in technology and changes in the way wells are drilled. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen told a panel of state lawmakers Friday that most companies that are actively drilling are reporting the volumes of methane intentionally released through venting and flaring as part of their operations.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Multiple fires have weakened many trees at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico, prompting officials to warn hikers about the dangers of suddenly falling trees. The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 and several others since 1977 have resulted in dangers from falling trees, even healthy ones. Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott says hikers should choose days that are not windy and be aware of their surroundings. The monument says a hiker who stopped at Frijoles Creek in October barely averted being struck by a falling tree.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Business owners in Las Cruces are bracing for another possible increase in the minimum wage at the start of 2018. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the wage hike is taking some owners and city councilors by surprise due to a flaw in the original ordinance that was adopted in 2014. The ordinance calls for three stepped increases. Two have already been implemented and the last is scheduled for January 2019. Language in the measure also allows for a cost-of-living increase based on the Consumer Price Index starting in 2018.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The new Native American voting task force had its first meeting this week in a long-term effort to improve voter turnout among tribal members. New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says the Friday meeting was an important step to increasing voter turnout as the next general election is a year away. Toulouse Oliver announced the task force earlier this year. A chair and vice chair were selected at the meeting Friday. Toulouse Oliver says Native precincts have the lowest voter turnout. In the 2016 general election, only 56 percent of voters cast a ballot.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has received federal preservation dollars to build a database that will house information about the New Mexico locations that are represented in works by the American modernist painter. The museum announced the $30,000 grant Thursday, saying the database will support a mobile app and website about the historic sites. Among the landscapes that inspired O'Keeffe are Cerro Pedernal, the Chama River Valley and Ghost Ranch. Museum officials say these areas, or viewsheds, are of critical cultural importance.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says aviation and innovation have been crucial to New Mexico's economy over the years and the integration of drones into the wider airspace will make for even more opportunities. The two-term Republican governor joined federal officials and industry representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to kick off the Trump administration's drone project. President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead last week for a pilot program aimed at increasing government and commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is putting more pressure on state insurance regulators to collect millions of dollars in unpaid premium taxes from health insurance providers operating in the state. Balderas in a letter sent Wednesday to Insurance Superintendent John Franchini asked for an accounting of what is owned by each company and what the procedure will be for collecting the money.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has agreed to settlements of nearly $8 million from two out of three lawsuits filed against the district over sexual assault complaints involving a former teacher. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Espanola Public Schools settled the suits that claim 61-year-old Gary Gregor sexually abused female elementary school students and that the school did not report the teacher.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the selection of the new University of New Mexico president (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school's 128-year history. The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque. Provost of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year. Stokes was among five finalists who were chosen as part of a national search.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Patrick Nagatani, an educator who was born to Japanese-American parents imprisoned in internment camps during World War II and who became an internationally renowned photographer, has died. The University of New Mexico announced that Nagatani died Friday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 72. Nagatani taught photography at the university from 1987 to 2007. Born in Chicago days after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nagatani was known for capturing images of New Mexico's nuclear legacy.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Typewriter enthusiasts are gathering in Albuquerque for another public event to celebrate the classic writing machines. Organizers have scheduled a "Type-Out" on Nov. 12 for curious fans who want to experiment with vintage typewriters in public. The event is slated to take place at Pennysmiths Paper and will feature typewriters similar to those used by novelist Ernest Hemingway and "The Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.

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