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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says he'll be accompanying President Barack Obama on his visit to Cuba next week. The New Mexico Democrat made the announcement Tuesday. He'll be among a group that will include several other members of Congress. The historic three-day trip will begin Sunday. A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Udall has traveled to Cuba several times over the years to meet with Cuban officials, religious and business leaders and others to discuss the effects of the embargo and travel restrictions.

ROY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say two state Department of Transportation workers were killed when a 92-year-old motorist's vehicle struck the workers' parked vehicle and shoved it into the workers. State Police on Tuesday identified the motorist as Celestin Clavel of Roy and said he was seriously injured in the crash Monday in Harding County in northeastern New Mexico. The workers killed in the accident Monday were previously identified as 49-year-old Anthony Rivera of Rainsville and 54-year-old David Eggert of Wagon Mound.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A collection of rarely seen watercolors painted by Georgia O'Keeffe during her time in West Texas will be part of a new exhibition at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. The artwork will be on display April 29 through the end of October. The watercolors were created about a century ago when O'Keeffe was teaching art at what is now Texas A&M University. The artwork includes landscapes, abstractions and nudes and curators say the pieces mark a defining moment in the American painter's commitment to the abstraction she came to be known for.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico's prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van. Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel also said Monday that all inmates in the state are being interviewed amid a broad, in-depth review of the state's prison system. The escape of inmates Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah has raised a series of questions about prison security.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate showed only minor change in January.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in January 2016, down from 6.6 percent in December and up from 6.4 percent in January 2015.

The department says total nonfarm payroll employment contracted by 1,800 jobs between January 2016 and January 2015. That decrease represents a fifth of a percentage point.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has approved a plan that will change the structure of the governing board of the school's Health Sciences Center.

The 4-2 vote came Monday after an hours-long meeting.

The Health Sciences Center includes University of New Mexico Hospital, the medical school, the nursing college and the cancer center. It all has been governed by a seven-member board that included regents, community members and the chair of the hospital's board of directors.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Federal investigators are now looking into the cause of a blaze that destroyed a hotel in Carlsbad that was months away from opening.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it sent a national response team to the southeastern New Mexico community.

The federal investigators were on scene Monday along with officials from the Carlsbad police and fire departments and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Supreme Court is denying a petition for the release of a jailed tribal official's wife who has refused to answer questions about a discretionary fund case. The Farmington Daily Times reports the court met Friday on the petition concerning Mitzie Begay, who has been jailed in Window Rock, Arizona. Mitzie Begay has repeatedly invoked spousal privilege in a case against her husband, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Mel R. Begay.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say drag racing led to a crash that injured several people and knocked down a power line in Albuquerque.

Officer Fred Duran says the crash happened early Sunday.

According to Duran, at least three vehicles were drag racing.

Several people have been taken to the hospital but police did not know the nature of their injuries.

He says at least one driver is being investigated for possibly driving while under the influence.

A stolen firearm was recovered from one of the cars.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the Veterans Affairs Department says he has visited two dozen medical schools to recruit more employees and his agency has hired more than 1,400 doctors over the last two years. VA Secretary Robert McDonald was questioned Thursday by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall during a budget hearing in Washington, D.C. The New Mexico Democrat wanted to know what the agency was doing to regain the trust of veterans in the wake of a scandal sparked by allegations of secret waiting lists and scheduling concerns at VA facilities across the country.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another arrest has been made in the fatal drive-by shooting of an Albuquerque teenager last summer.

Albuquerque police say 19-year-old Dominic Conyers turned himself in and was booked into jail Thursday on a warrant.

He's being held on suspicion of an open count of murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit a first- or second-degree felony.

It's unclear if he has a lawyer yet.

Police say shots were fired from a vehicle at a home on June 26 and 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was killed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that would have allowed for unclaimed prize money to be transferred to New Mexico's lottery tuition fund.

Lawmakers failed to address the solvency of the lottery scholarship program during the recent 30-day session. They did approve the unclaimed prizes measure, saying it had the potential to boost the fund by more than $2 million but that's not enough to close the funding gap.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico has appointed Scott Weaver to lead the Public Safety Department amid a statewide manhunt for a convicted murderer and another violent inmate who fled from a prisoner transport van.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday the promotion of Weaver to secretary from acting secretary.

Weaver will oversee the State Police, Motor Transportation Police and the Law Enforcement Academy. He previously managed state forensics laboratories in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Hobbs, and was a State Police officer from 1994 to 2015.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, to watch New Mexico men's college basket teams play at conference tournaments and help raise money for political causes.

The Republican governor left on Thursday to cheer on both the New Mexico State University Aggie team and the University of New Mexico Lobos.

Martinez's political committee is paying for her travel. Martinez is the chair of the Republican Governors Association, a fundraising arm of the GOP.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez has rejected more than 150 capital outlay projects which she called "pork."

The Republican governor issued the line-item vetoes Wednesday before signing a number of bills that authorized funding for hundreds of projects around the state.

In her executive message, Martinez said she struck down the items because they didn't create jobs or develop the state.

Among the rejected projects were $5,000 for band instruments at a Las Vegas high school and $20,000 to renovate facilities and buy zoo animals in Clovis.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal court has issued an injunction that prevents New Mexico from enforcing work requirement rules for certain residents who receive government food assistance.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales and federal Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza ruled this week in favor of advocates who had challenged the rules. The injunction will last until Dec. 31.

State Human Services Department spokesman Kyler Nerison says the department disagrees with the ruling.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police responded to reports of shots being fired at a Wal-Mart store's parking lot but say nobody was injured.

The incident Tuesday evening resulted customers and employees taking shelter inside the store, which was locked down briefly.

Police initially said a police car had been hit, but Police Department spokesman Greg Gurule said Wednesday that was an error.

Gurule said officers searched an adjacent apartment complex Tuesday night but made no immediately arrests.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — State police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Carlsbad that killed a man who had attempted to flee from agents in a vehicle that struck a police vehicle.

According to authorities, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force had gone to a home in Carlsbad to arrest 41-year-old Daniel Chavez on Monday. They say Chavez tried to escape on foot, and then in a vehicle before he was shot.

He was pronounced dead at the Carlsbad Medical Center.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill revising the state's immigrant driver's license law after years of pressuring lawmakers to pass legislation.

The Republican governor held a signing ceremony Tuesday at the Albuquerque airport.

The measure puts New Mexico in compliance with tougher federal identification requirements.

The REAL ID Act requires proof of legal U.S. residency for those who want to use state identification to access certain areas of federal facilities. New Mexico had no such requirement.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say four Mexican nationals have been arrested for trying to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses using false residency documents.

The arrests Tuesday come the day New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law a new measure revising the state's immigrant driver's license law after years of pressuring lawmakers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Spaceport Authority will be able to apply for a liquor license under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The bill was among several signed Tuesday by the governor. The deadline for acting on legislation passed during the recent 30-day session is Wednesday.

Under the legislation, the Spaceport Authority will be included in the list of government entities allowed to pursue liquor licenses. Supporters say it will help the spaceport diversify its customer base and revenue.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at better positioning New Mexico to protect its forests from wildfires and flooding. One bill clears the way for the State Forestry Division to be reimbursed by the federal government for thinning and other conservation work done by state employees. Another measure allows New Mexico to become a member state of the Interstate Compact for the Prevention and Control of Forest Fires. The group shares strategies for preventing and fighting fires. New Mexico had back-to-back record fire seasons in 2011 and 2012.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors are accusing the Dona Ana County treasurer of offering $2,000 to an employee in his office to have sex with him.

County commissioners recently asked District Attorney Mark D'Antonio to investigate Treasurer David Gutierrez and D'Antonio say he decided after a "thorough investigation" that there's enough evidence to prosecute Gutierrez.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police are searching for a suspect who robbed a woman of her purse close to downtown.

The Santa Fe New Mexican says the incident occurred as the victim and her husband were leaving a restaurant around 9 p.m. Friday.

Police Chief Patrick Gallagher says they were approached by a man who threatened them with a 6-inch knife.

The suspected robber took the woman's purse and then got inside the passenger side of a white minivan.

The couple told police the license plate was covered.

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