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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning that the northern two-thirds of New Mexico will likely see heavy rain and flash flooding over the next couple days. The forecast calls for anywhere between an inch and 3 inches of rain across eastern New Mexico through Friday along with a flash flood threat Wednesday east of the central mountains. Severe thunderstorms also will be possible east of the Continental Divide on Wednesday and Thursday.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges of embezzling funds from a nonprofit football and cheerleading league for children. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (https://goo.gl/KxSw7f) that Tabatha Jones of White Rock, New Mexico, was arrested last week and charged with embezzlement over $2,500 and under $20,000. Her arrest comes after Jones began facing questions in August regarding fees and other financial issues in connection with the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Jones was a board member of the group.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Unofficial returns show that Albuquerque voters have narrowly rejected a proposal that would have required employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. The measure was defeated Tuesday by around 700 votes out of about 91,000. The proposed Healthy Workforce Ordinance would have required employers in Albuquerque, regardless of size, to provide paid sick time off for their employees. It would apply to full-time, part-time and temporary workers at any business or nonprofit with a physical presence in Albuquerque.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila National Forest officials say they've received a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in the drainage near the Cherry Creek Campground on the Silver City Ranger District. Cautionary signs will be posted at the campground. Experts say human encounters with mountain lions are rare as most wild animals want to avoid humans. Mountain lions tend to spend the day in dense cover and be out more at dawn and dusk.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque Democrat says she has halted her campaign for Congress because of health concerns. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2yG8W3h ) Annie Chavez, who worked as an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman, said Monday she dropped out "due to unforeseen health circumstances." Chavez's departure leaves eight Democrats in the race — all seeking their party's nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Democrats have held the seat since 2009. The remaining Democratic candidates are attorney Damian Lara; former U.S.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted more than two decades ago in Virginia of indecent acts with a child is facing new charges in New Mexico. Court documents show agents with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office arrested 61-year-old Francisco Saucedo of Rio Rancho on Monday after finding pornographic images and other documents related to children on his computer and on other digital storage devices. In addition to three child sexual exploitation charges, Saucedo is accused of criminal sexual penetration, voyeurism and failing to register as a sex offender.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The cost of drilling for oil and natural gas on public and tribal land went up slightly nationwide, thanks to a fee hike that took effect over the weekend. But New Mexico producers said Monday they are more worried about a continued backlog in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's processing of permits. The delays are costing New Mexico and the federal government taxes and royalties, according to the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A spokeswoman for New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says he has canceled his campaign for Congress. State Land Office Spokeswoman Kristin Haase said Monday that Dunn has changed his mind and will not seek the GOP nomination, without providing a reason. Dunn, a Republican, had been a prominent contender to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor. Dunn was elected in 2014 to lead an agency that oversees state trust lands and leases that help fund schools, universities and hospitals.

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A historic bridge that spans the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico is slated to be decommissioned now that it has been deemed structurally deficient. The Farmington Daily Times reports the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration held a meeting Wednesday to update community members on the status of the U.S. 64 San Juan Bridge Crossing Project. T.Y.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The union that represents 430 Sandia National Laboratories employees has voted to authorize them to go on strike. A lab spokeswoman tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fHGzOj ) that the Metal Trades Council rejected Sandia's "last, best and final offer" during contract negotiations Friday night. However, a strike authorization doesn't mean a strike is imminent and the union hasn't notified the labs that its members will go on strike.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Taos County authorities say two people are dead and a third critically injured after a head-on wreck in which the driver of an SUV has been arrested. The Sheriff's Office says the a vehicle's female driver and a male passenger were killed in the crash early Saturday morning while a second male passenger in that vehicle is hospitalized in Albuquerque. The office says 21-year-old Juan Espinoza was treated at a hospital and then jailed on suspicion of homicide. Identities of those killed and injured weren't released.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has opened a new police substation at the tribe's Twin Arrows casino and resort in northern Arizona. The 15,000-square-foot (1,394-sq. meter) building will provide emergency response services for the resort and Navajo communities in the area, including Leupp and Dilkon. The Gallup Independent (https://goo.gl/RZlBna ) reports that tribe's gaming compact with Arizona mandated that the Twin Arrows casino have a police substation. The building includes office space, living quarters for personnel, holding cells, training rooms and a garage for firetrucks.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols across the state through the month of October. The agency said Friday that its officers are working to bring awareness in an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatalities. According to statistics compiled by state transportation officials and the University of New Mexico, there have been a total of 237 traffic fatalities in the first eight months of the year. More than a third of those — 83 to be exact — have involved alcohol.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education awarded New Mexico a $22-million grant to expand charter schools in the state. The Albuquerque Journal reported on Thursday that the funding awarded to the state Public Education Department will be distributed over five years to launch 22 new charter schools and expand eight existing charter schools. The grant was part of $253 million the federal government awarded to states and other entities to increase the role of charter schools.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top insurance regulator says an independent audit of unpaid insurance premium taxes shows far less money is owed to the state than previously thought. State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini announced Friday that a preliminary summary of the audit shows potential underpayments to the state amount to a fraction of the $193 million previously estimated. The audit examines premium tax filings from 30 companies since 2003.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven candidates are vying to become the next mayor of New Mexico's largest city amid rising crime and pressures to revamp the Albuquerque Police Department. Polls show Democrat and current State Auditor Tim Keller is leading the crowded field with former New Mexico Democratic Party chair Brian Colon and Republican City Council Dan Lewis battling for the second spot. There are eight people on the ballot for mayor, and if no candidate gets 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will face off in a November runoff.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are reconsidering whether increasingly popular college-level classes taken by high school students warrant growing public subsidies. A progress report published Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee shows that students who pursue dual-credit coursework that can count toward high school and college degrees tend to have higher academic aptitudes based on standardized testing.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant in far northern Arizona is set to shut down in 2019 unless a new owner can be found. The deadline for interested buyers is Sunday. The operator of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station, the Salt River Project, says the deadline will determine whether to maintain the plant for long-term use or plan to tear it down. The utility and other owners voted this year to shutter the plant on the Navajo Nation near Page because natural gas became a cheaper option for energy production than coal.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Managers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico say monitors have picked up on increasing movement, indicating instability of the walls and ceilings in an area of the facility that has been closed off for more than a year. Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant say there's a potential for falling rock inside one of the disposal rooms. They say rock falls are not uncommon in areas where crews have been unable to perform regular maintenance.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top prosecutors from judicial districts across New Mexico say rules adopted earlier this year for overhauling the state's bail and pretrial detention system have led to confusion within the criminal justice system. Several of the district attorneys gathered in Albuquerque on Thursday to discuss proposed changes to the bail reform rules that were adopted by the state Supreme Court and implemented in July. The rules were in response to a constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2016.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's secretary of state says 10 bills have been enacted into law after a court found that vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez were invalid. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Thursday that a state district court judge denied a request to block the bills while the governor prepares an appeal. Members of the Democrat-led Legislature say Martinez either failed to indicate the reason why she vetoed the bills or missed a three-day deadline.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court overturned a judge's order barring a newspaper reporter and other people attending an open trial in a high-profile business lawsuit from disclosing information the judge deemed confidential. The Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government brought the issue to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday after Judge Alan Malott warned the audience at the start of a trial in April that he would jail those who leaked court discussion of financial information involving the Abruzzo family-owned Alvarado Realty.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. and Mexico have unveiled a new agreement to preserve water for millions of households and farms that depend on the overused Colorado River. The two nations formally announced a deal Wednesday that commits the United States to invest $31.5 million in water conservation projects in Mexico. The agreement sets aside some Colorado River water for environmental restoration, and it calls on the two countries and a coalition of charitable foundations to contribute a total of $18 million for restoration, research and monitoring.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man accused of armed robbery, carjacking and firearm offenses in New Mexico two months ago has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Lane Michael Reed of Killeen was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque. He remains detained pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled. A seven-count indictment last week charged Reed with armed robbery of two businesses involved in interstate commerce; carjacking; using, brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to crimes of violence; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The top prosecutor in New Mexico's busiest judicial district is telling legislators that the situation is growing dire and that the state's troubled criminal justice system needs to be reformed urgently. District Attorney Raul Torrez presented a series of charts outlining crime rates nationally, across New Mexico and in the Albuquerque area. When it came to the rates of auto thefts, property crimes, violent crimes and murder, Albuquerque far outpaced other areas between 2013 and 2016.

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