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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials are headed to Southern California to woo business leaders. Martinez, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and officials from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho will be in California through Wednesday. The governor's office says they'll be meeting with business executives and site selectors to talk about New Mexico's manufacturing and business competiveness. The governor made a similar trip to the San Francisco area last year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say flu activity is widespread around the state and is expected to continue for several more weeks. The New Mexico Department of Health says elevated flu activity started a bit later than in the previous three seasons but that flu-related hospitalizations and deaths have increased in recent weeks. The department also says the flu vaccine for this season appears to be a good match with strains that are circulating. New Mexico has identified 115 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths this flu season.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man killed in a shooting outside a New Mexico casino that also injured a tribal police officer. The shooting happened last Thursday outside the Route 66 Casino just west of Albuquerque as the officer was investigating reports of a stolen vehicle. Authorities released surveillance video that showed the vehicle pulling into the parking lot and the officer approaching two suspects. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher confirmed Monday that Mario Sandoval was killed.

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police for the first time has had one of its officers successfully use a drug to treat a person for an overdose. According to the police agency, an officer administered the drug to an unresponsive woman at a home in Taos County last week after the officer noticed signs of drug usage. The agency says the officer was trained in the administration of Narcan under an initiative between state police and the New Mexico Department of Health. The drug completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are warning that weather conditions across much of New Mexico are creating conditions ripe for dangerous wildfires. A red flag warning has been issued for portions of southern, central and eastern New Mexico due to strong winds and low humidity. Forecasters say any fires that develop will probably spread rapidly and they say outdoor burning is not recommended.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group from Los Alamos, once the building site for an atomic bomb, is making an unprecedented trip to a country that was devastated by the weapon. Los Alamos Historical Museum representatives are traveling throughout Japan to gain that country's perspective on the impact of nuclear warfare. The team will visit several cities including the two that were targeted with the bomb — Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Museum director Judith Stauber says they will meet with a bomb survivor, researchers and leaders of two museums. The trip has been in the works for two years.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell police say an officer fatally shot a suspect who ignored commands to put down his shotgun. Authorities say officers were called Saturday around 11:40 p.m. about a pickup truck driving erratically through a neighborhood. A caller also reported seeing someone in the vehicle pointing a gun. Police located the pickup and compelled 33-year-old Robert D. Guerin, of Roswell, to stop. A passenger than got out and told police Guerin was armed. Guerin exited the vehicle with a shotgun and allegedly refused orders to drop it.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating possible drug smuggling at the Santa Fe County jail. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a corrections officer found 170 Suboxone strips inside a pair of hair clippers being brought to an inmate last week. According an affidavit filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, the clippers were brought by 31-year-old Lauren Herrera. Herrera had been instructed by another woman who had spoken on the phone with an inmate. A sergeant monitoring inmate phone calls searched the clippers and found the drugs.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An El Paso man has been found guilty in Dona Ana County of distributing the drug spice. County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio announced Saturday that a jury convicted 26-year-old William Langbehn. According to the county sheriff's department, a deputy stopped Langbehn in traffic in October 2015. The deputy determined Langbehn was driving with a suspended license, which led to the vehicle being towed. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up 174 packets of spice. The drugs were estimated to be worth $850.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state won't be relying on the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center and its $200 million in reserves for help covering Medicaid funding. UNM refused a request to give $50 million to New Mexico's Human Services Department to help with Medicaid. UNM executive vice president David Harris says university officials heard the request at a meeting in mid-February. He says the state indicated it could not guarantee repayment. Human Services Department spokesman Kyler Nerison confirmed the meeting with the university but declined to comment further.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An auditor's analysis conducted after business owners complained shows lodging tax dollars can be used for a broad range of purposes. State Auditor Tim Keller said in a statement that contrary to popular opinion, the tax collected for overnight stays can go toward projects even remotely tourism-related. Cities have used the funds for paving, erosion-control projects and to pay bond debt related to convention centers. Keller said local businesses need to work with municipal governments or urge the Legislature to earmark specific uses for the tax.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico saw a 36-year low in the number of people killed in drunken driving crashes last year. In all, there were 122 DWI deaths. That's a 28 percent decrease from the year before. The governor released the latest figures during a news conference Wednesday in Albuquerque. She says drunk driving has been a major problem in the state for years. While encouraged by the progress, she says the goal is to have no DWI deaths.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Homeowners and small businesses in the second sunniest state in the nation have invested nearly a quarter billion dollars in roof-top solar and related labor thanks to a program fueled by tax credits. But the popular incentives will be going away after New Mexico lawmakers concerned about a budget crisis did not extend the 10 percent tax credit for installing solar. In what has become a nationwide trend, state tax credits and other incentives aimed at boosting the solar industry are disappearing.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of New Mexico state police says investigators are close to concluding their inquiry into the escape of two violent inmates, with no charges pending against the guards who were transporting the men.

Chief Pete Kassetas told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's possible others would be arrested in the March 9 escape.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A fiberglass and metal version of a spaceship reported missing from the UFO Museum in the New Mexico town of Roswell has been found in pieces west of the city.

Police say the model UFO was stolen from the museum early Saturday and surveillance video showed three people hauling the spaceship off in a pickup truck.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reported Wednesday that the saucer was located in a ditch off Highway 70 about two miles west of Roswell.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is pushing for an initial court hearing to present fraud charges against a former state senator after several judges have recused themselves from the case.

Revised charges against former Democratic Sen. Phil Griego were filed Tuesday in state First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Four judges have bowed out of taking the case since a nine-count criminal complaint was filed against Griego on Feb. 29.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.

The regents voted on the increases during their budget summit Tuesday.

The university's administration had proposed a 3 percent tuition increase, but regents moved to lessen the amount after hearing from faculty and student representatives.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Corrales municipal judge has been indicted for allegedly embezzling workers' compensation benefits.

Prosecutors say a Bernalillo County grand jury has charged Luis Quintana with two counts of embezzlement including one of more than $20,000.

They say one felony count carries a maximum penalty of nine years in the state prison and a $10,000 fine. The other felony count is punishable by up to a three-year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police say a spaceship — or at least a fiberglass and metal version of one — is missing in Roswell, the New Mexico town that still stirs debate about extraterrestrials seven decades after the 1947 crash of a flying object.

Police say the model flying saucer was stolen from the UFO Museum in Roswell early Saturday and remained missing Tuesday.

Some on social media suggested in jest that "men in black" or "aliens" were to blame. But police say surveillance video shows three thiefs hauled away the spaceship in a pickup truck.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager says he's not aware of any unauthorized diversions from the Rio Grande by one of the state's major irrigation districts.

State Engineer Tom Blaine made the comment in response to a lawsuit filed this week by WildEarth Guardians.

The environmental group claims the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District has failed to prove to the state engineer's office that the water being diverting is being put to beneficial use.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico corrections guard under investigation after two violent inmates escaped from a prison transport van also has been accused of leaving inmates unattended in a hot van.

The cases raise questions about the handling of prisoner transports in the state.

Officials disclosed in documents obtained by The Associated Press that Taracina Morgan and Michael Ortega were in charge of transporting two violent felons who escaped at a gas station on March 9. Both were later apprehended.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says childhood obesity rates in the state may be beginning to level off after a downward trend in recent years.

The department says childhood obesity among third-graders dropped 16 percent between 2010 and 2015 while dropping 10 percent among kindergarteners, but each category increased slightly between 2014 and 2015.

According to the department, the increases noted between 2014 and 2015 are statistically insignificant.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say more than 1,600 citations were issued for dangerous driving through a coordinated effort to crack down on road rage in Albuquerque.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the results Monday for Operation Lilly. It's named after the 4-year-old girl who was fatally shot in a road rage incident last year.

Following Lilly's death, Martinez directed the New Mexico State Police to develop a plan to help curb dangerous driving and road rage in the Albuquerque area.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A private racehorse training facility in southern New Mexico is under quarantine.

After a single horse was confirmed to have a parasitic disease, the New Mexico Livestock Board imposed the quarantine at the Jovi Training Stables in Sunland Park.

One horse was confirmed last Friday to have equine piroplasmosis, an bloodborne disease transmitted by ticks or improperly sanitized syringes.

Humans cannot get equine piroplasmosis.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Fabian Baros entered his plea Monday.

Baros was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the BBVA Compass Bank in Albuquerque on Sept. 10, 2015.

The complaint alleged that Baros robbed the bank by approaching the bank teller and demanding money.

Baros was arrested later that day by Albuquerque police and indicted last October.

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