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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she is willing consider reinstating New Mexico's food tax in an effort to resolve the state's budget crisis. The Republican governor said Wednesday that she would consider a food tax if it were combined with broader reforms that lower overall tax rates on gross receipts. New Mexico eliminated the gross receipts tax on food in 2004. Martinez and the state's Democratic-led are locked in a standoff over how to resolve a state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a stagnant economy.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Portales woman accused of using a stun gun on her teenage daughter and the girl's boyfriend has been convicted of child abuse. Ninth Judicial District officials say a Roosevelt County jury found 34-year-old Lily Gurrola guilty of two counts of child abuse, which are third-degree felonies. Prosecutors say Gurrola was taken into custody Wednesday and could face up to six years in prison. The judge who presided over the trial postponed sentencing so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared by the adult probation office.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer involved in a fatal crash last month reportedly has been disciplined in six driving-related incidents in nine years. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2q7jIwo ) reports it obtained records on Officer Johnathan McDonnell, who was hired by the city's police department in 2008. Authorities say McDonnell's police cruiser collided with a woman's car on April 17, killing her 6-year-old son and critically injuring her 9-year-old daughter.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Energy Secretary Rick Perry's visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory (all times local): 4 p.m. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he will advocate for nuclear power as often and as strongly as he can as the nation looks for ways to fuel its economy and limit the effects of electricity generation on the environment. Perry made the comments during a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico, where nuclear research has been among the main focuses since the lab's founding years.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A superintendent is recommending cutting jobs and offices and merging three alternative high school programs at a New Mexico school district in light of budget constraints. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2pxHTCs ) Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia did not say which jobs would be cut or what changes will be made to special education programs at a Tuesday meeting. Garcia says eliminating 12 jobs would save the district $600,000. She says officials will consider all positions for possible cuts.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation president has signed an emergency bill that begins the immediate search for new housing authority board commissioners. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2dtSNaW ) Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed the emergency resolution Saturday to immediately replace the board. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says a committee will review legislation to confirm three new members Thursday. The eight current members' terms will expire as soon as new members are confirmed. The emergency legislation came after member of the U.S.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell police say a possible homicide victim's body has been found buried on the property of a vacant home. Police say the person hasn't been identified but that the death wasn't recent and the body had been buried on the property for an extended time. According to police, investigators found the body Tuesday while executing a search warrant. Police say their investigation is just beginning and that no additional information is available.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour Los Alamos National Laboratory, the federal installation in northern New Mexico that helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II. During Wednesday's visit, Perry will be briefed on current work at the lab related to nuclear deterrence. He'll also meet with employees.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce is meeting with community leaders outside his district as he considers whether to run for governor of New Mexico in 2018. Pearce spokeswoman Keeley Christensen said the congressman was touring counties in northern New Mexico on Tuesday to listen to concerns about the state's direction. She says Pearce is aware of his status as a potential candidate for governor next year and "will ultimately make a decision based on how he feels he can best serve New Mexico." Republican Gov.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe storm packing heavy rain and golf ball-sized hail has swept through parts of central and eastern New Mexico with a small tornado briefly down in Torrance County and causing minor damage. National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque say a funnel cloud touched down at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday near Clines Corners for about one minute and uprooted some trees. They say small funnel clouds also were reported near the unincorporated Lincoln County towns of Nogal and Ancho but didn't touch down.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The town of Taos is celebrating the life of the late actor and former resident Dennis Hopper. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://goo.gl/HYITXN) that the northern New Mexico enclave will honor the life of the Hollywood star on May 17 with a motorcycle rally and ride, live music and screenings of Hopper's most famous films. Hopper moved to New Mexico in the late 1960s and directed the 1969 film Easy Rider, which parts were filmed in Taos Pueblo. He later lived at the Taos Mabel Dodge Luhan house. Former New Mexico Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has announced Latina Democratic activist Cindy Nava will address the 2017 graduating class at the school's commencement ceremony. Nava will speak to graduates on Saturday and share her story as an immigrant from Mexico who later became active in politics. In October 2015, Nava became the first student living in the country illegally to ever be awarded the "Rising Star Award" by the New Mexico Democratic Party. Nava now has temporary protective status under a President Barack Obama administration program.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's state budget crisis (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Many Republican state legislators are siding with GOP Gov. Susana Martinez in a constitutional challenge of her veto authority. A legal brief backed by 31 Republican lawmakers on Tuesday urges to state Supreme Court to uphold Martinez's vetoes of all funding to the Legislature and state universities for the coming fiscal year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe storm packing heavy rain and golf ball-sized hail has swept through parts of central and eastern New Mexico with a small tornado briefly down in Torrance County and causing minor damage. National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque say a funnel cloud touched down at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday near Clines Corners for about one minute and uprooted some trees. They say small funnel clouds also were reported near the unincorporated Lincoln County towns of Nogal and Ancho but didn't touch down.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she has a proposal to restore vetoed funding to the Legislature for the coming fiscal year. The governor's office issued a statement Tuesday offering to provide $120,000 for an analyst position sought by the Legislature without increasing overall funding to the legislative branch of government. Leading lawmakers in the Democratic-led Legislature say the plan includes scant information about the administration's plan to shore up state finances and that budget negotiations remain at a standstill.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested in connection with the death of his mother. KRQE-TV reports that 37-year-old John McArthur was taken into custody Monday. Albuquerque police didn't immediately release any details about the case Tuesday. McArthur's mother reportedly was found dead at her home after employees at Kaseman Hospital asked police to perform a welfare check. According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, police found the woman's dead body inside a cardboard box. The woman wasn't identified in the complaint.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that three defendants charged in last year's death of a young New Mexico girl will be tried separately. Authorities say Victoria Martens was strangled to death on her 10th birthday last August before being dismembered and her remains set on fire. The girl's mother, the mother's boyfriend and the boyfriend's cousin each are charged jointly in the rape and murder case. Albuquerque police say the three suspects drugged, raped, killed and dismembered the child in an apartment. Police found the girl's body in a bathtub, wrapped in a smoldering blanket.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A man accused in the 2015 death of another Portales resident who was held captive, burned and beaten has agreed to a plea deal. Prosecutors said Tuesday that 40-year-old David Smith has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping. They say Smith will be sentenced to 15 years in prison, but serve 12 ½ years with the remainder on supervised probation. A hearing is scheduled Friday. Smith was indicted in December 2015 on first-degree murder and other charges.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four states are suing over the Trump administration's decision to restart the sale of coal leases on federal lands. The attorneys general of California, New Mexico, New York and Washington filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Montana. They say that the U.S. Interior Department's reversal of the Obama administration's moratorium on the federal coal leasing program was done without a review on whether it would be good for the environment or for taxpayers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Suzette Lucero had to make the heartbreaking decision to take her father off life support following what she describes as an avoidable nightmare spurred by nursing home neglect. The Santa Fe woman is among dozens of witnesses prepared to testify in New Mexico's lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing home chains. A state district judge denied a request last week by one of the defendants for a stay, marking just the latest ruling on the string of motions that followed the filing of the lawsuit more than two years ago.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A techno-infused opera about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has earned the financial backing of opera companies in San Francisco and Seattle, ensuring the musical meditation on the iconic entrepreneur will travel to America's high-tech enclave. The Santa Fe Opera is preparing for the July world premiere of "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" at its open-air stage in the foothills of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former high school basketball coach has agreed to resign from a job at his northern New Mexico school district and surrender his coaching license. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://goo.gl/uafO9u ) former Espanola Valley High School coach Richard Martinez agreed to step down under a settlement with the state Public Education Department. Martinez was a long-time boys' basketball coach who led the school to two state titles but was accused of abusing the power that success brought him.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A new study of sage grouse in Eastern Washington has found a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant grasses and native shrubs instead of crops. The study concluded the CRP program is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in some portions of Washington's Columbia River Basin. The study was conducted by the University of Washington, plus state and federal researchers, and will appear in the Journal of Wildlife Management. Sage grouse are ground-dwelling, chicken-sized birds found in 11 Western states.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe University of Art and Design has laid off 15 staff workers as it prepares to close. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2prBusj ) Monday that more cuts are expected in the coming weeks. The university will shut down in spring 2018. A university spokeswoman says 176 juniors, 79 percent of the class, will return next year to be the university's final graduating students.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The Blackwater Draw Museum at Eastern New Mexico University has re-opened at its new location. The museum, which features artifacts from The Blackwater Draw National Landmark, now is housed in Lea Hall on the Portales campus. The landmark is a 640-acre landscape of human activity areas in an upland containing a spring-fed Pleistocene lake. As a major water source in the area, the landmark left an archaeological record of occupations and cultural activities from prehistoric times. The museum is holding an opening reception on Friday.

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