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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have identified a man found fatally shot at a northeast Albuquerque motel last week. They say the victim was 21-year-old Leroy Garcia. Police say the man's body was discovered last Tuesday at the Motel 76. A suspect in the homicide has yet been identified by police, who say their investigation is continuing. Police say Garcia had a criminal history that included a recent arrest for receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglary tools.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Middle school sports being cut is just one of many possible setbacks for Albuquerque Public Schools. The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2pelXR7 ) Tuesday that Superintendent Raquel Reedy told the school board the district is struggling to cover a "staggering" projected budget cut. Reedy says eliminating competitive basketball, volleyball and track and field would save about $600,000. She also says larger class sizes, a heavier high school schedule and reduced employee workdays are options to make up the deficit.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools' middle school sports are in jeopardy of being cut. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2pelXR7 ) Tuesday that Superintendent Raquel Reedy addressed the school board about the issue. She says the district is struggling to cover a "staggering" projected budget cut. The proposed plan would eliminate competitive basketball, volleyball and track and field, and would save about $600,000. The district needs the board's approval to make the cut. A vote is scheduled for May 22.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico's elected leaders wrangle over raising taxes to plug a budget shortfall, major energy companies have quietly spent more than $13 billion in recent months on assets in the state's oil and gas hot spots. Analysts say the new wave of investment bodes well for the industry being able to generate much-needed revenues for the struggling state over the long haul. Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's Global Ratings on Tuesday predicted a turnaround in economic output for New Mexico this year, pointing to growth in the oil and mining sectors.

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Xcel Energy has started construction on a 345-kilovolt transmission line between Texas and New Mexico to extend its electrical distribution system. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were scheduled Tuesday near Hobbs, New Mexico, on the $400 million project to eventually connect to a substation north of Abernathy, Texas. An Xcel statement says the first segment will involve a substation southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The new transmission line should run about 240 miles (386 kilometers) and be in service by 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque police officer responding to a call collided with another vehicle, critically injuring a woman and two children. The woman and both children were taken to the hospital after the Monday crash. Police say the officer suffered a broken leg and broken ankle. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy Felicia Romero said the children had been stabilized and remained in intensive care Tuesday. She had no other information to release since the investigation was ongoing.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Dona Ana County Clerk's Office is visiting high schools throughout the southern New Mexico county this month as part of an effort to register new voters. The clerk's office says this marks the second consecutive year of the outreach and registration initiative. Staff members are targeting teachers and parents as well as students who will be eligible to cast ballots in the next election.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State has hired former Bowling Green State head coach Chris Jans to lead the Aggies next season. The school introduced Jans during a news conference Monday in Las Cruces. Jans fills the void left by Paul Weir, who was recently hired as New Mexico's head coach. Jans led Bowling Green to its first 20-win season in more than a decade in his first year but was then fired in 2015 over an incident at a bar near the Ohio school's campus. Jans had acknowledged acting inappropriately toward female patrons.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has been arrested. Jail officials say Wendy Vowinckel is accused of sexually assaulting a male inmate. They say she was taken into custody after information was investigated last Friday by county sheriff's detectives. Authorities say Vowinckel was booked into jail Monday night on four counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of intimidating or threatening a witness.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say one person is dead and several others are injured following a six-car pileup along a busy road on Albuquerque's southeast side. Police say the crash happened Monday afternoon near the intersection of Central Avenue and Wyoming Blvd. They did not immediately identify the person who died and said several others were injured and taken to the hospital. The road was cordoned off as police investigated.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A council of university presidents from around New Mexico is asking that Gov. Susana Martinez restore some $745 million in funding to the state's public colleges and universities. The council made its plea in a column published Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers, a member of the council, said deep concern has spread across the state's higher education system since vetoes by Martinez defunded all state universities.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is denying allegations in a lawsuit that officers slammed a motorist's face into the ground, knocked him unconscious and denied him timely medical care during a September 2016 traffic stop. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2omFKZB) that the sheriff's office made the denials in its response to a lawsuit filed in December by Preston Wilson. Wilson was pulled over after authorities received reports of erratic driving involving a vehicle that matched the description of his vehicle.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials say bears are expected to be busy this spring after three years of good precipitation following what has been a long-running drought. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish on Monday issued a reminder for people to be aware of the greater chance of encountering bears and other native wildlife. Department biologist Rick Winslow says males and young, independent bears are emerging from hibernation now and will be out foraging and seeking their own territory.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed alleging New Mexico has a policy of penalizing public school teachers in their evaluations if they take more than six days of sick time over the course of the school year, even if their contracts allow for more. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2pa1k8F) the lawsuit was filed March 30 on behalf of Logan Municipal Schools teacher Angela Medrow and seeks class-action status.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A major transportation project along Albuquerque's stretch of historic Route 66 has unearthed remnants of the city's original trolley system. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2pJmKFD ) that construction crews stumbled upon what's believed to be pieces from the trolley system while working last week along Central Avenue. The chunks of steel are being donated to the Albuquerque Museum.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A number of law firms the state Attorney General's Office has relied on to represent New Mexico in lawsuits by private companies are some of the attorney general's key financial backers as he weighs a run for governor. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2nSr350) Attorney General Hector Balderas filed his latest campaign finance report last week. The records shows the Democrat has raised more than $211,000 in the past six months, with about $40,000 coming from attorneys at one San Diego-based law firm.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — County commissioners in southern New Mexico are in debate over a federal project that aims to determine whether nuclear waste can be stored far underground. The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2oaS2oL) the Otero County Commission discussed a proposed resolution in opposition of the project Thursday but decided to hold off on taking any action.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's most populous city has plans to install more than $25 million in solar panels on city buildings over the next two years. Albuquerque City Councilors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton made the announcement Saturday. They say the installations will mark the first phase in fulfilling a recently set goal of covering more of the city's energy use from solar power. They say the first phase of the project is expected to save taxpayers about $20 million over 30 years. The project will be financed through the energy savings and federal bond credits.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cab company is shutting down after 30 years as the city's only taxi service. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2nPdTWJ) Capital City Cab President Matthew Knowles said Friday the company has struggled to recover from the 2008 recession. He also announced the company's sale of its Sandia Shuttle Express. The company's closure comes a month after Albuquerque's largest and oldest taxi service announced it would cease its operations after 40 years of service and lay off 70 employees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several items from actor Patrick Swayze's estate will be auctioned off later this month, including property from his ranch in northern New Mexico. The auction will be held on April 28 and April 29 in Los Angeles. The items up for sale include the leather jacket Swayze wore in "Dirty Dancing," the surfboard he used in the 1991 film "Point Break" and clothing he wore in the 1990 movie "Ghost," which also starred Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Part of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are claiming success with the first in a new series of test flights that are part of an effort to upgrade one of the nuclear weapons that has been in the U.S. arsenal for decades. An F-16 from Nellis Air Force Base dropped an inert B61-12 bomb over the Nevada desert last month to test the weapon's non-nuclear functions as well as the plane's ability to carry the weapon. With a puff of dust, the mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Energy company ConocoPhillip has sold its assets in northwest New Mexico for $3 billion. The Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/2nNsi5J ) Thursday that a Hilcorp Energy Company affiliate purchased the property. ConocoPhillip has been operating in the area for more than 50 years. The company announced intentions to sell last November. According to the report, Hilcorp is one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the country.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation says he hopes the case against a man accused of gunning down a tribal police officer doesn't languish in the federal court system. Navajo President Russell Begaye urged the court to move forward and bring closure in a statement issued Friday, a day after Kirby Cleveland was indicted on murder and other charges stemming from the March 11 shooting of Officer Houston James Largo. Cleveland has yet to enter a plea and remains in custody pending trial. His arraignment is scheduled for April 20 at the federal courthouse in Albuquerque.

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of New Mexico Catholics are undergoing the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo, an adobe church found north of Santa Fe. Event officials say that it's been an ongoing Easter tradition for 200 years. Around 30,000 people journey to the adobe shrine annually. Some park near the shrine and walk to it for a couple of miles. Some participants from Santa Fe walk about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) to reach it. This year, 27-year-old Noah Martinez of Albuquerque says he walked 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) for the sake of his religion.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Athletics are losing out in the competition for limited dollars as one of the nation's largest school districts prepares for an anticipated 2 percent cut in state funding. Albuquerque Public Schools announced Thursday it's dropping its middle-school athletics program because of anticipated funding cuts linked to New Mexico's state budget crisis. School district spokeswoman Monica Armenta said eliminating after-school intermural volleyball, basketball, and track and field will save up to $750,000 next school year and help avoid classroom cuts.