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A New Mexico cardiologist is accused of falsifying a cancer diagnosis and treatment documents to postpone or avoid sentencing in which he faces two years in federal prison for health care fraud. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges that Roy G. Heilbron, 53, of Santa Fe produced and submitted fake medical documents indicating he needed prostate cancer treatment in Costa Rica to support his request to postpone being sentenced Aug. 28. In an affidavit included with an Aug.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About 74 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are rated as effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom, officials announced Friday. That's the highest percentage of effective or better teachers since Gov. Susana Martinez adopted a new teacher evaluation system four years ago. The New Mexico Public Education Department unveiled the latest results under a much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A publicly-financed Albuquerque mayoral candidate is facing scrutiny after his campaign manager reportedly solicited nearly $30,000 in cash donations A KOB-TV in Albuquerque investigation (https://goo.gl/VEqFT5 ) into Tim Keller's campaign reports found dozens of individuals contributed thousands of dollars, and the campaign listed them as "in-kind" contributions. Records show some contributions came from high-profile Democrats like former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a public tribute to Spanish conquistadors (all times local): 3:00 p.m. Police have arrested 12 people in Santa Fe during protests about a costumed re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a 17th century American Indian revolt. Police Sgt. Gardner Finney said a dozen people were arrested Friday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Protesters were cordoned off in a corner of Santa Fe's downtown plaza during the re-enactment as police thronged the area.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury has returned a 33-count indictment against a high school sophomore accused of opening fire inside a New Mexico public library, killing two employees and seriously wounding four other people. The Curry County district attorney's office says 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett is being prosecuted as an adult. He's expected to be arraigned in the coming days. The teen is facing two counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of child abuse, aggravated battery and assault stemming from the Aug. 29 shooting rampage at the library in Clovis, New Mexico.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A troubled northern New Mexico city is getting its third police chief this year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2f6uy1p ) the city of Espanola has hired Raymond Romero to take over a department days after its new chief retired following a domestic violence indictment. Española Mayor Alice Lucero says she hopes Romero's leadership will help bring down crime in the Espanola Valley. The area for decades grappled with one of the highest opioid overdose rates in the nation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sole Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to work across party lines to find a permanent solution for those immigrants who were brought to the country as children and are living here illegally. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sent a letter to Ryan on Wednesday. He accused Congress of staying idle for decades while the executive branch imposed temporary fixes and a patchwork of policies to address immigration issues.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing federal officials to uphold an agreement that limits oil and gas leasing on public land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The Bureau of Land Management previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius around the park as the agency works to update its resource management plan for northwestern New Mexico. The agency is also working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on how to best protect archaeological and cultural sites in the region. Sens.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied a bid to block rules governing new constitutional provisions in New Mexico on pretrial release. Judge Robert Junell says those seeking to block the rules didn't show they were likely to succeed on their claims. Voters approved a measure in November that lets judges deny bail to defendants considered extremely dangerous and grants pretrial release to those who aren't considered a threat but remain in jail because they can't afford bail.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit accusing major manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid medication of exacerbating the state's drug addiction crisis. Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday announced the filing of the lawsuit in state district court against five of the nation's largest opioid manufacturers and three major wholesale distributors.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking for time to appeal a ruling overturning vetoes on bills before they become law. The Albuquerque Journal reports a district court judge had overturned the governor's 10 vetoes last month and ruled that Martinez did not follow the proper constitutional procedures when she vetoed the bills. Martinez says she plans to appeal the ruling before Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver can chapter the bills into law.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn't have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, much less tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. A Senate committee requested the review from the U.S. Government Accountability Office amid concerns about ballooning costs and significant delays related to a 20-year-old pledge the U.S. made with Russia to dispose of extra plutonium from its stockpiles. The agency found that officials with the U.S.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 39-year-old Ohio man who pleaded guilty to killing a New Mexico police officer last year has been sentenced to life in prison. State District Judge Douglas Driggers on Thursday to sentenced Jesse Denver Hanes for the Aug. 16 shooting death of Hatch policeman Jose Chavez during a traffic stop. Under the terms of a guilty plea agreement, Hanes will serve the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hanes also recently pleaded guilty in federal court to federal firearms and carjacking charges.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police and Game and Fish officers say a young bear is back in the wild after it was spotted in backyard of a business. Yoga studio Owner Melissa Silversmith Firestone tells The Daily Times that the bear entered the yard on Monday by climbing over the fence. Officials say they tranquilized the 160-pound (73-kilogram) sub-adult black bear and loaded into the back of a state vehicle so it could be transported to the forest. Police have confirmed that only one bear was in the area on Monday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The operator of a New Mexico medical transportation company been sentenced to 30 months in prison for defrauding Arizona's Medicaid agency of nearly $2 million through a billing scheme. The U.S. attorney for New Mexico says 33-year-old Farmington resident Cory Werito was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to repay $1.2 million. He had pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud involving his company, CW Transport. Werito and co-defendant Rosita Toledo provided non-emergency medical transportation to Arizona Medicaid recipients.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are closing the offices of an Albuquerque guardianship firm whose owners have been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from their clients' trust accounts. Tuesday's announcement from the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. attorney for New Mexico comes nearly seven weeks after federal official took over operations of the company, Ayudando Guardians, Inc. Company founders Susan Harris and Sharon Moore have pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students in the most Hispanic state in the U.S. are planning a massive walk out in reaction to the Trump's Administration's decision to end Obama-era immigrant protections. Activists say students in high schools across Albuquerque, New Mexico, are planning to walk out of class Tuesday to protest the administration's announcement it would wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police believe a 42-year-old man was killed after a home invasion on Sunday. Police say Freddie Mirabal, Jr., was shot dead and that witnesses reported seeing a man running from the scene. The incident happened on a home on San Pablo Street NE and Louisiana Boulevard. Police are still investigating.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A book club mandated for supervisors of a New Mexico county to teach leadership skills is drawing scrutiny over a Christian book. That's because the first book required for reading among San Miguel County department directors was Tony Dungy's "The One-Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge," the Las Vegas Optic reported (https://goo.gl/FaFgNX) The book by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy includes a daily devotional with a Bible verse. Dungy also gives reflections about Christianity.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime legislator who his colleagues say used his budget savvy to guide the state through turbulent economic times has died. Luciano "Lucky" Varela died Saturday in Santa Fe after recent health issues, He was 82. Varela, who at one point during his long career in public service served as state controller, represented a state House district in the Santa Fe area from 1987 to 2016. Varela, a Democrat, was chairman of the powerful Legislative Finance Committee and was regarded as a top budget expert, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge is reviewing three binders filled with years-old documents on three former Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children to decide what records should and shouldn't be released to the public. Judge Alan Malott said Friday there is good cause to open sealed records, but that he will review them "with an eye toward what is appropriate for public disclosure." Malott is reviewing the records in response to a request by KOB-TV, which filed in July as an intervenor in seven clerical abuse cases for the purpose of obtaining court records.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say three people were found dead in a battery tank explosion. The explosion was reported Friday morning near Carlsbad in far southeastern New Mexico. The Eddy County sheriff's office says it took about three hours to contain the blaze before the bodies were found, though they haven't been identified. A tank battery is used to store and process oil wells. It's unclear what caused the explosion.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's voter rolls have decreased by more than 85,000 people since last year's general election after county clerks in all 33 counties conducted a "purge." The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2eydzrK ) Friday that New Mexico conducts purges in odd-numbered years to remove voters no longer eligible to cast ballots — such as voters who have died and those who have moved. After the latest purge, New Mexico has slightly more than 1.2 million registered voters.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is reporting the largest increase in first-time freshmen enrollment in more than 17 years. The university announced Friday that the number of first-time freshmen enrolled for the fall semester is up more than 11 percent from the same time last year. Branch transfers at NMSU are also up more than 17 percent. Chancellor Garry Carruthers says he feels the university is turning a corner and that marketing and recruitment efforts are paying off.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Irving, Texas-based health care system and its hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will pay $12.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over Medicaid payments. Federal officials say the settlement resolves allegations that Christus Health and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center made illegal payments in 2001-2009 to county governments for the state's share of Medicaid payments to the hospital. A statement released Friday by the U.S.

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