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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Tuition will rise 3.5 percent next year for students at New Mexico State University. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the hike approved Friday by the Board of Regents came a week after regents said they didn't want to increase tuition as a means to get the university out of its financial struggles. The annual cost to attend NMSU is now $7,122, for in-state, full-time undergraduate students. With the approved increase, the cost will be $7,371 next school year.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A former leader of a drug trafficking organization has been sentenced to life in prison for a murder conviction for a 2011 killing in the Alamogordo area. The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Joe D. Chavez Sr. was sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years for his part in the 2011 killing of 31-year-old Richard Valdez. Last year, a jury convicted Chavez on charges of felony murder, felony accessory to murder, arson and tampering with evidence.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old Farmington boy was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing an Arizona man. Farmington police say a 28-year-old man was found dead on Friday evening when they responded a report that someone was passed out in public. The man was dead when officers arrived. Police say the 17-year-old was identified as a suspect during the investigation. He was booked on suspicion of murder and evidence tampering. Police haven't released the identities of the victim and suspect. They also haven't provided a hometown for the victim.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A school district in New Mexico's Four Corners regions wants to have some students fluent in Spanish or Navajo by the time they graduate from high school. The Daily Times in Farmington reports kindergartners in the Farmington Municipal School District next school year have the chance to enroll in a dual-language program in Spanish or Diné. The Diné class will be taught at Apache Elementary School, while Spanish will be taught at McCormick Elementary School. Superintendent Gene Schmidt says the district hopes to expand the programs to other schools.

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. military officials are claiming success with a recent exercise involving two separate weapons systems working together to track a simulated threat over the New Mexico desert. The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army announced the results Friday. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system and the PATRIOT system were able to track the target after it was launched from White Sands Missile Range and exchange messages through tactical data links. The director of the Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A school district in New Mexico's Four Corners regions wants to have some students fluent in Spanish or Navajo by the time they graduate from high school. The Daily Times in Farmington reports kindergartners in the Farmington Municipal School District next school year have the chance to enroll in a dual-language program in Spanish or Diné. The Diné class will be taught at Apache Elementary School, while Spanish will be taught at McCormick Elementary School. Superintendent Gene Schmidt says the district hopes to expand the programs to other schools.

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Work will begin soon to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico with a new bollard wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that a groundbreaking near the Santa Teresa port of entry on Monday will mark the official start of construction along a 20-mile stretch of the border. The $73 million contract for the work was awarded to a Montana company in February.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a defamation lawsuit against the state police security detail for New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez say the litigation is being settled outside of court. Scott and Colette Chandler run a ranch program for troubled youth in southern New Mexico and alleged in state district court that their reputation was damaged when they were removed from a campaign event for Martinez at a Deming motel in 2014. Scott Chandler said Friday that a trial has been canceled after a settlement agreement was outlined.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police officials are requesting for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to prevent the city's police officers who serve in the National Guard from being deployed to the border. Police Chief Mike Geier is requesting the exemption from the Republican governor, citing the department's low staffing levels and the potential risk to residents' safety. President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border to help federal officials fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for non-Native American irrigation districts in northwestern New Mexico says the group will appeal a state appeals court decision upholding a water rights settlement between the state and the Navajo Nation. The Albuquerque Journal reports the panel's opinion issued Tuesday rejected the challenge by more than 20 community water and irrigation districts in the San Juan River basin to the settlement that allocates water rights to the tribe.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An appellate court decision upholds the dismissal of a 2016 fraud indictment against two people who worked at a livestock auction business in Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico. The New Mexico Court of Appeals decision issued Monday says District Judge Drew Tatum ruled correctly that Darcie Pareo and Calvin Pareo were denied their right under state law to testify before the grand jury that charged them with fraud, conspiracy and other crimes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe school officials have decided to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, agreeing to no longer accept money or equipment from the organization. The five-member school board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject NRA grant money that has supported the district's junior ROTC program. Lt. Commander Craig Stapleton oversees the leadership program that teaches military skills to students.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of federal judges says Utah's lawsuit over a mine waste spill will be transferred from a Salt Lake City court to one in New Mexico, where three similar suits were filed. The ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation means the suits filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others will be heard in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The lawsuits seek unspecified damages from the EPA, government contractors and a mining company over a 2015 spill at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One southern New Mexico city wants to get all of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2050. Las Cruces city councilors voted in favor of the resolution Monday. The measure includes benchmarks for city government to derive 25 percent of its power needs from renewable energy by 2022 and 50 percent by 2030. However, it doesn't specify how the city should go about achieving the goals. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the city currently pays for much of its electricity from El Paso Electric Co.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a major legal settlement that allocates water rights from the state's largest river to the Navajo Nation. In an opinion Tuesday signed by three judges, the appeals court rejected a challenge to the settlement by more than 20 community water and irrigation districts in the San Juan River basin. The water districts claimed the resources from the San Juan River are not needed for troubled Navajo irrigation systems.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 50,000 patients are now participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program. The latest figures from the state Health Department show a total of 50,954 patients were enrolled at the end of March. That's an increase of nearly 46 percent from the same time last year. About half of the patients list post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition. Patients must meet at least one of 21 conditions for a medical marijuana card. The other most common qualifying conditions include severe chronic pain and cancer.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials on the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico say temperatures are heating up and the winds are drying things out, meaning the potential for wildfire is increasing. Due to the conditions, forest officials have decided to raise the fire danger rating to high starting Friday. The designation will cover the entire forest, including the Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe ranger districts. The designation means fine dead fuels will ignite readily and fires will start easily from most causes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been indicted in the death of a New Mexico teenager last year. Prosecutors say a Santa Fe County grand jury Tuesday indicted 20-year-old Jordan Anthony Nunez on abuse of a child resulting in death, tampering with evidence and conspiracy and obstructing the reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect. It's unclear if Nunez, of Hereford, has a lawyer yet.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts and send the measure to the mayor for final approval. The City Council's vote Monday night came after lengthy testimony, mostly from citizens urging council members to approve the change to the local criminal code. The proposal put forward by city council members Pat Davis and Isaac Benton would make it a citable offense — not a criminal one — to possess an ounce (28 grams) of pot and paraphernalia without a valid medical marijuana referral.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The median amount of water contained within New Mexico's snowpack statewide for the start of April is the lowest on record since at least 2000. Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the measurement — known as the snow-water equivalent — at the Hopewell site in Rio Arriba County had the lowest value since records began in 1980. They also say the snowpack in southern Colorado is at about 50 percent now and just trace amounts remain in New Mexico's basins.

A museum in a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons. The Los Alamos Historical Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, recently announced it won't be hosting a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two elected officials in New Mexico's largest metropolitan area want to talk about oil and gas development and whether there's a need for an ordinance to govern drilling in the Albuquerque area. City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis along with Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins are sponsoring Tuesday's town hall. An industry group that represents producers around the state says there's no interest in the area as no major oil and gas basin exists in Bernalillo County.

A museum in a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons. The Los Alamos Historical Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, recently announced it won't be hosting a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico is seeking to disqualify a rival candidate from their party's June primary election. Court records obtained Monday show gubernatorial candidate and former media executive Jeff Apodaca has accused state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of failing to submit enough petition signatures to run for the Democratic nomination for governor. The lawsuit alleges that about 1,400 signatures submitted by Cervantes are not valid, leaving him shy of registration requirements to run.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to decriminalize pot possession in small amounts is expected to go before the City Council in New Mexico's largest city, as a growing number of U.S. municipalities have enacted similar measures. The proposal — put forward by City Councilors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton — is scheduled to be debated and receive a vote Monday evening. It would amend Albuquerque's criminal code by making low-level pot possession and paraphernalia without a valid medical marijuana referral a citable offense that can come with a $25 ticket but no jail time.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly crash in eastern New Mexico in which a man suspected of driving drunk crashed his truck into the back of another car at a high rate of speed. New Mexico State Police say the impact forced the car off the road. It overturned and the driver, 41-year-old Jose Saldana-Pinales, was ejected and killed. The driver of the pickup, 31-year-old Ricardo Navarrete of Portales, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The crash happened before dawn Saturday.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell say a woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her cousin and the stabbing and wounding of a man. They say 41-year-old Marcella Reese was taken into custody Monday. She's accused of second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center. It was unclear Monday if she has a lawyer yet. Reese allegedly stabbed the two victims March 26 at a west Roswell apartment and police believe she was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A court ruling says a Dona Ana County Magistrate Court judge can appear on the Democratic Party primary election ballot despite a change in her voter registration. District Court Judge David Thomson ruled Friday in Santa Fe that Magistrate Judge Samantha Madrid didn't intend to change her registration to independent from Democratic when she replaced her driver's license last fall. The registration change resulted in the lifelong Democrat being disqualified from running in the party primary for another term on the Magistrate Court bench in Las Cruces.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal health care and corrections workers say numerous jails on reservations nationwide have no in-house nurses or other medical staff, often leaving corrections officers to scramble in emergencies to determine whether to send an inmate to the hospital, or provide basic care themselves. Federal figures show there are some 80 tribal jails that hold an estimated 2,500 inmates. The Bureau of Indians Affairs manages about a quarter of them. Tribes have federal contracts to operate the rest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested after his infant son was hospitalized with multiple injuries, some life-threatening. Police say 30-year-old Evan Ritchey is jailed on suspicion of felony physical child abuse causing great bodily harm and felony physical child abuse not resulting in great bodily harm. Officers were called to UNM Hospital around 8 a.m. Saturday after a 4-month-old boy was brought to the facility in critical condition.

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