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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only GOP congressman says he would back a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's pre-inauguration conversations with a Russian ambassador.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to make the state's relationship with the green chile cheeseburger official. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2kSSLeZ ) that Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, is sponsoring a bill that would name the green chile cheeseburger the state's official burger. McQueen says he got inspiration for the bill during last year's Legislative session when someone delivered plain burgers for a working lunch. He thought they should have been green chile cheeseburgers. The bill is currently in the committee stage.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Roswell Police Department says one of its officers was involved in a shooting outside a motel early Wednesday morning. The Police Department said in a brief statement that several law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident. The statement did not provide additional details, including whether anybody was injured or arrested. A department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for updated information.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A utility company that serves around 400,000 customers in southern New Mexico is eyeing another rate hike this spring. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/aXRRgL ) that El Paso Electric hasn't determined how large of an increase it will seek in New Mexico. But El Paso Electric vice president Eddie Gutierrez says it would likely mirror the one submitted this week to the Texas Public Utility Commission. That request seeks an overall $42.5 million increase in revenues, or an 8.7 percent increase, for Texas customers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers are bracing for an update on how much money will be available in the coming fiscal year to fund state government. Democratic state Sen. John Arthur Smith says he is scheduled Wednesday to receive a new forecast of expected revenues from taxes, fees and other sources. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee warned earlier this week that the state may need to fill a budget gap of $250 million in order to rebuild reserves and protect the state's credit rating.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party of New Mexico is criticizing the Democratic leader of the state House of Representatives for not disclosing his work as an attorney for a licensed marijuana producer as the Legislature considers several cannabis-related bills. State GOP spokesman Tucker Keene said Tuesday that House Speaker Brian Egolf failed to mention in a state financial disclosure statement that he represented a marijuana producer in a lawsuit against the state.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's lawsuit over the Gold King Mine spill (all times local): 1:35 p.m. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's not backing down from the legal battle over a mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three Western states. Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking that claims made by the state and the Navajo Nation in the wake of the 2015 spill in southern Colorado be dismissed. Balderas said Tuesday he will continue to seek justice for the region's culturally unique population and the damaged economy.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Energy Department expects shipments to the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository to resume in April. Officials said Tuesday they have plans for nearly 130 shipments from laboratories and other national defense sites over the next year. Those sites must demonstrate that they're ready to load the radioactive waste and that it meets new safety requirements.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill designed to spur the installation of rooftop solar arrays on state government buildings in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature. A Senate panel on conservation matters endorsed the bill Tuesday. The initiative from Democratic Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would direct the state General Services Department to pursue contracts with solar providers that can save the state money on electricity costs over time with no up-front public investment.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed legislation to revamp the commission that oversees an agency intended to help provide tribal members with affordable housing. The legislation signed Friday reduces the Navajo Housing Authority's commission to five members from eight and requires members have expertise in areas such as architecture, business, development and contracting. Two members will represent tenants and homebuyers participating in the program.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Former New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp has withdrawn his name from consideration for a spot on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. The former Republican lawmaker cited legal concerns about his appointment last month by Gov. Susana Martinez. He pointed to a section of the state Constitution that prevents legislators from being appointed to any civil post in state government during their term or within one year of serving. Tripp was re-elected in November but resigned on the opening day of the Legislature.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legal settlements in law enforcement civil rights cases over the past five years have severely depleted Albuquerque's risk management fund, which pays for uninsured losses. In a letter to city officials, state Auditor Tim Keller wrote that the city needs to increase funding for the risk management fund to $6.3 million a year to cover the fund's $40 million shortfall. The annual audit of the city budget shows that Albuquerque has made $62 million in payouts since 2010.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed legislation to revamp the commission that oversees an agency intended to help provide tribal members with affordable housing. The legislation signed Friday reduces the Navajo Housing Authority's commission to five members from eight and requires members have expertise in areas such as architecture, business, development and contracting. Two members will represent tenants and homebuyers participating in the program.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only Republican in its congressional delegation has not scheduled any traditional town hall meetings amid angry scenes nationally. Congressman Steve Pearce is asking constituents to sign up for a "telephone town hall" on Wednesday, as activists vow to attend GOP congressmen's town halls across the country. Pearce spokesman Keeley Christensen declined to say if the Hobbs Republican would hold any upcoming traditional town halls in the future. Pearce regularly has held town hall meetings.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $1.6 million in damages to a woman and her husband over a 2013 incident involving two Las Cruces police officers. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/2kEoqhH) reports the verdict was reached last Friday after a five-day trial in U.S. District Court. According to the newspaper, a Las Cruces police officer threw Jillian Beck onto gravel and slammed her face into rocks — causing profuse bleeding, a broken nose and a fractured wrist.

PHOENIX (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have decided to close the plant when their lease expires in December 2019. The Navajo Generating Station's plant's operator, the Salt River Project, has said closing the three-unit, 2,250-megawatt plant in Page near the Arizona-Utah line was a possibility because less expensive power generated by burning natural gas is available. The SRP is one of the plant's owners, along with Tucson Electric Power Co., Arizona Public Service Co., Nevada-based NV Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has passed a bill boosting penalties against people caught texting or talking while driving. The Senate voted Monday 24-16 to pass a measure that would increase the first fine for distracted driving from $25 to $100. Drivers would pay an even bigger fine for subsequent violations. Sen. Steve Neville hopes the increased fine will force drivers to pay attention to the road, and he likened it to the dangers of drunken driving. The current Mrs.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police have made arrests in the Feb. 5 shooting of a 14-year-old boy during a marijuana deal in Las Cruces. Authorities say two 17-year-old boys and a 21-year-old man had arranged to buy marijuana from the boy and were planning to steal drugs from him. Police say one of the 17-year-olds pulled out a handgun during the deal, said he was going to steal marijuana and fired a round into the 14-year-old's forearm. All three suspects fled the scene. The 14-year-old's injuries weren't life-threatening.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate has approved revisions to the state's medical marijuana program to cover new medical conditions and eventually raise the cap on production to satisfy demand. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque won Senate approval Monday and now moves to the House of Representatives. It would add 14 medical conditions that qualify for marijuana treatment, and allow visitors enrolled in other state medical marijuana programs to buy in New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — A 7-year-old ethics board set up in Santa Fe County in response to a bribery scandal has never been asked to investigate a complaint against a public official or volunteer. An outgoing board member tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that (http://bit.ly/2kos925) the panel stopped holding regular meetings in the spring. The board has reviewed no complaints because attorneys have found all the complaints to be personnel matters that aren't under its jurisdiction. The board's authority doesn't extend to the more than 900 county employees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A survivor in a 2015 drunken driving crash in Albuquerque that killed three people has filed a lawsuit against a man serving a prison sentence for the deadly collision. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2lHLfBY) that Adrian Montelongo was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Jacob Jaramillo. Jaramillo is serving a 16-year sentence for vehicular homicide after he drunkenly ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle. The crash killed 20-year-old Grace Sinfield and two brothers, 23-year-old Sergio Mendez-Aguire and 27-year old Roberto Mendez.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering new requirements at correctional facilities that help promote the breastfeeding of infants by incarcerated mothers. The bill from Republican Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes and Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla is scheduled for its first committee hearing Monday. It would require a new breastfeeding policy for all correctional facilities in the state, with provisions for women to pump and store breast milk for same-day delivery to infants or toddlers on the outside.

PHOENIX (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are expected to vote on its future, considering options that include a possible closure within a few years. The Navajo Generating Station's plant's operator, the Salt River Project, has said closing the plant in Page near the Arizona-Utah line is a possibility because less expensive power generated by burning natural gas is available. The SRP is one of the plant's owners, along with Tucson Electric Power Co., Arizona Public Service Co., Nevada-based NV Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials are locked in a fight over getting access to the email addresses of licensed hunters. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/2kXj7Lf) reports the Game and Fish Department filed a lawsuit against the state Land Commissioner to get a determination that redacting the addresses was appropriate. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn had requested the names and email addresses of licensed hunters in November. The department provided the names but said that on April 1 it started redacting hunters' email addresses and other personal identifiers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman convicted in 2012 for DWI now is facing a charge of vehicular homicide. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports 33-year-old Elaine Sandoval appeared before a judge Saturday for allegedly causing Friday's fatal crash. Friends say the 27-year-old Karina Leanos was driving after an overnight work shift and was on her way to pick up her four children when her car was hit. Authorities say Sandoval was driving on a revoked license because of a prior drunken driving case.

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