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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Medical marijuana patients in Albuquerque will not be cruising through to get their prescriptions as the state has rejected a proposal for a drive-thru dispensary. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that pot producer Organtica had planned to open a drive-thru this year to help serve post-traumatic stress disorder patients, who often say they are uncomfortable with crowds in retail stores. The state Department of Health, however, ruled on Wednesday that a drive-thru would not be feasible due to safety concerns.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It's that time of year again when the smell of fresh roasted green chile permeates the air in New Mexico. The roasting has begun in Las Cruces and is expected to continue through mid-October as the green peppers are harvested. Those left hanging will become red chile. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( there has been a noted uptick in recent weeks of activities outside grocery stores as large chile roasters have appeared. Stores in the Albuquerque area also are setting up for the annual tradition.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — No cellphones, computers, tablets or the like will be allowed in the courtroom when the trial begins for two former Albuquerque police officers charged with fatally shooting a homeless man. State District Judge Alisa Hadfield established the rules for the upcoming trial in an eight-page order issued Wednesday. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that the order also prohibits any interviews in the courthouse until verdict comes back, among other things.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who lived for decades as a fugitive before his arrest last year on a murder charge has pleaded no contest in the 1984 shooting death of his brother-in-law. Valentin Vasquez, a Mexican national, entered the plea Wednesday in New Mexico court. He is scheduled to be sentenced on murder and aggravated battery charges on Oct. 6. A district attorney's spokesman says Vasquez will be deported after he completes his prison term.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Calls for improvements to New Mexico's electronic campaign finance reporting system are being reignited as more questions are raised about the accuracy and transparency of the data. The latest request for an investigation came Wednesday from Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Democratic nominee in the race for secretary of state. Toulouse Oliver, who also serves as Bernalillo County clerk, says a spot check of dozens of campaign spending records showed the purpose of some expenditures was omitted online while printed records provided more detail.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque still are searching for suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque home that left two men dead and two others seriously wounded. Officers responded to a call of a shooting at a residence about 11 p.m. Monday. They found four men had been shot. Two of the men — 23-year-old Juan Carlos Saenz-Ponce and 24-year-old Daniel Chumacero — died at the scene. Police said Wednesday that two surviving victims remain in serious condition. Their names aren't being released. Police say it appears the shooting wasn't a random attack.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they've arrested a man suspected in a homicide in the city last week. They say 27-year-old Anthony Diaz was taken into custody without incident around noon Wednesday. Police say Diaz was wanted on a warrant for an open count of murder in the death of Santiago Quintana, who was in his 50s. They say the killing occurred Aug. 2 near the railroad tracks on St. Michael's Drive. Police say people passing by the area called to report a fight in progress. The medical examiner's office says Quintana died from blunt force trauma.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's two major public pension funds have missed targets for investment returns for a second straight year. The Public Employees Retirement Association that oversees pension funds for state, county and municipal workers is reporting a return on investment of less than 1 percent for the fiscal year ending in June. The Educational Retirement Board that oversees school district pensions is reporting a return of 2.6 percent after fees. Long-term targets for annual returns are set above 7 percent at both funds.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Jury trials are scheduled for a New Mexico mother and her 19-year-old son who were charged with incest after the teen told authorities the two were involved in a romantic relationship. Online court records show a trial for 36-year-old Monica Mares is scheduled to begin Aug. 25. — five months after a grand jury indicted her and her son Caleb Peterson on one count each of incest. Peterson's trial is scheduled to begin next month.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family is suing the owners of a shuttered Albuquerque night club, their former landlord and a liquor license-holder after a woman choked during a corndog eating contest and suffered fatal brain damage. The mother, husband and daughter of 56-year-old Debra Harbeck argue in the wrongful death lawsuit that Fire and Ice staff served her multiple shots of gin the night she was rushed to the hospital in January, and allowed her to participate in the risky contest despite her level of intoxication.

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an afternoon outing gone wrong for four Albuquerque teens turned into a long rainy night on a southern New Mexico mountain. The Ruidoso News reported Wednesday ( ) that the boys' family dropped them off Friday afternoon at the Crest Trailhead, which leads up the same mountain as the Ski Apache resort area. When they didn't return at sunset, the boys' family called for help. The newspaper reports that heavy rainfall hit the mountain as search teams looked for the boys starting around 8 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor is warning parents that the hit game "Pokemon Go" comes with risks for children who play it. Attorney General Hector Balderas says the game offers the benefit of getting youth outside to exercise since it requires some walking, but the game can also bring children into contact with strangers and lure them to places that may not be safe.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they are searching for a man suspected in a recent homicide. They say there's an active arrest warrant for Anthony Diaz on an open count of murder. Police say the killing occurred Aug. 2 near the railroad tracks on St. Michael's Drive. Details about the homicide case weren't immediately available Tuesday. Police say Diaz is considered dangerous and they're seeking information about his whereabouts.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has again suspended an assistant professor of anthropology. Officials announced Tuesday that the school has received new information that has led to an emergency suspension of Dr. Cristobal Valencia. Effective immediately, Valencia is suspended from all academic duties associated with his faculty appointment including teaching, research and service. UNM officials didn't specifically say why Valencia is being suspended again.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is directing state agencies under her control to reduce annual general-fund spending by 5 percent in response to a decline in state revenues linked to energy prices. The Republican governor also told agencies on Tuesday to slow down expenditures during the first half of the fiscal year that began in July. Agencies were told to spend no more than 45 percent of general-fund budgets during those six months.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — United Way Worldwide is asking a New Mexico affiliate to stop a planned firearms raffle. The Alamogordo Daily News reports ( United Way Worldwide demanded last week in a cease and desist letter that the United Way of Otero County stop the raffle immediately. The letter comes after the United Way of Otero County teamed up with Western True Value to sell 2017 calendars with a raffle entry ticket attached to the calendar for $50. The raffle gave the purchaser the opportunity to be entered into a twice weekly firearms raffle.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to hold a rally in the state that launched his political career. The former New Mexico governor is scheduled Thursday to hold a rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a similar campaign event at the same location in May. That rally turned violent and caused thousands of dollars of damage. Johnson is running with former Massachusetts governor William Weld.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school basketball coach who was fired over allegations of abuse only to be rehired after an outcry may lose his coaching license. The state Public Education Department announced Monday it was opening an investigation into "disturbing and abusive behavior" by Espanola Valley High School boys basketball coach Richard Martinez. The department says it may revoke his teaching and coaching licenses. According to the state documents, Martinez pushed and grabbed players, yelled at them and threw chairs and kicked bleachers.

PHOENIX (AP) — Parts of Arizona and New Mexico could be hit with more heavy rain as moisture associated with Tropical Storm Javier moves through the region. The National Weather Service says Tucson and Phoenix could see possible flash flooding just days after the state saw damaging severe weather. Forecasters say storms may remain through Thursday and could affect Arizona, New Mexico and the southern portions of Utah and Colorado. Phoenix will be under a flash-flood watch beginning Tuesday afternoon until about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Social media giant Facebook is forging ahead with a proposal to build a solar-powered data center in New Mexico at a public hearing before state utility regulators. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is holding hearings Tuesday on a proposal from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico to provide renewable energy through an affiliate to the Facebook data center. New Mexico's largest electricity provider is seeking approval by the end of August.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are planning to discuss their progress on court-mandated reforms within the department at different points across the city this week. The Albuquerque Police Department says it's holding six evening meetings between Monday and Thursday. Officers will discuss APD's settlement agreement with the Justice Department that charts out a multi-year plan for reform and retraining officers on new policies for use-of-force, crisis intervention and body cameras.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department says it has temporarily halted around 74,000 personal income tax refunds this year. The Albuquerque Journal reports officials say the move is aimed at fighting tax fraud due to identity theft. That decision has stalled more than one out of 10 claimed refunds by New Mexico tax filers. Officials say of the nearly 74,000, more than 22,000 received their refunds after the department was able to determine the returns were legitimate without requesting proof of identity.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republican House Speaker Don Tripp says he opposes moving a closing fund designed to help recruit businesses to the state. Tripp said this weekend lawmakers should not place Local Economic Development Act money into the state's general fund amid a budget shortfall. He said the move would hurt investment. Tripp also said such a move "is like a carpenter deciding to sell off his tools to pay his current bills." The GOP leader's comment comes after a coalition of New Mexico business leaders urged state lawmakers to keep intact the closing fund.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are planning to discuss their progress on court-mandated reforms within the department at different points across the city this week. The Albuquerque Police Department says it's holding six evening meetings between Monday and Thursday. Officers will discuss APD's settlement agreement with the Justice Department that charts out a multi-year plan for reform and retraining officers on new policies for use-of-force, crisis intervention and body cameras.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national survey of high school students has found that New Mexico teens have some of the highest rates of drug use involving a variety of illegal substances. State health officials tell the Albuquerque Journal that ingrained social behavior and the easy access to drugs are among the factors that are contributing to the trend. According to the nationwide survey, New Mexico ranked second highest for cocaine and Ecstasy use, fifth highest for methamphetamine and eighth highest for heroin.