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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's office has found that a former county board violated the state's Open Meetings Act by failing to provide specific descriptions in its agendas.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the state says the Eddy County Board of Commissioners violated the law in approximately 26 agendas in 2013 and 2014. Three members of the current board were commissioners at that time: Susan Crockett, Glenn Collier and Royce Pearson.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and Texas universities are members of a team competing for a federal contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories.

The University of New Mexico announced Tuesday that a team led by Chicago-based Boeing Co. and Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit, includes the New Mexico school as well as Texas A&M University and the University of Texas System.

The University of New Mexico says more than 2,400 of its graduates are employed by Sandia, a federally-funded research and development center based in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mako Medical Laboratories will partner with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to establish a location in Albuquerque, creating 100 new jobs.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced the news Monday.

The new jobs will include laboratory technicians, administrative staff, and sales and marketing positions.

Mako Medical Laboratories provides medical lab testing for doctors and medical professionals across the country.

RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is joining other states in pushing an initiative to revitalize downtown districts in isolated, small towns by rehabilitating aging, historic theaters.

An economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks to save the often-forgotten venues with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials plan to merge most of the state's major criminal, court and personal information databases to give judges access to more information before they set bail.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state officials say they hope the Criminal History Clearinghouse will be operational by winter, but it could take longer. The project will link at least six databases to give judges a quicker, more thorough way to check defendants' backgrounds.

Officials say the project could also be more expensive than legislators budgeted for.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has drowned during a family camping trip in the Rio Grande.

KOB-TV reports that the body of the 2-year-old boy was pulled from the river Sunday.

The boy had been reported missing from a campsite near Pilar about a half-hour before searchers located his body in the water.

Taos County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Rael says a responding deputy performed CPR and was able to resuscitate the child, but he was taken to a hospital and later died.

The incident remains under investigation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 2-year-old Albuquerque girl was seriously injured after she was ejected from a car involved in a rollover crash.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says the crash occurred Saturday morning near Mountain and Woodward.

According to Drobik, 29-year-old Erica Garcia was traveling westbound when her Nissan crossed into the eastbound lane.

The vehicle hit the curb and went off the road.

The Nissan then drove up wire from a utility pole and was about 14 feet above the ground before landing on its roof in the street.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are searching for the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Deming.

Authorities say the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 10.

According to police, 34-year-old Amanda Armendariz, of Deming, was hit by a car heading eastbound.

Armendariz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not located the suspect vehicle or the driver.

They also did not have any description of either.

The incident remains under investigation.

SANDIA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — State Republicans have chosen Harvey Yates to serve on the Republican National Committee in a shakeup of party leadership.

Yates unseated national committeeman Pat Rogers on Saturday at the state Republican convention by a vote of 278-195 among local delegates.

The contest has ramped up tensions about state party leadership as Republicans defend their majority in the state House of Representatives and aim to take control of the Senate. Rogers has held the committeeman post since 2008.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices to respond to public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.

The open government advocacy group released the findings of its audit Tuesday.

The group — through a private citizen — filed requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act to gauge the responsiveness, attitudes and practices of more than 120 state agencies and boards and the state's 33 counties.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a 30-year-old man from San Juan County has died of hantavirus.

New Mexico Department of Health officials also announced Tuesday that an 84-year-old man from Santa Fe County currently is hospitalized with hantavirus.

It's the third and fourth cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

An environmental investigation will be conducted at each patient's home to help reduce the risk to others.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to New Mexico.

Santa Fe Community College spokeswoman Janet Wise confirmed Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidate will hold a rally on campus Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday the Vermont senator is scheduled to hold two events in California. At 1 p.m. he'll speak at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose. Then at 4 p.m. he'll hold a rally along the waterfront in Vallejo.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the federal government and managers of one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories over missed deadlines for cleaning up hazardous waste left behind by decades of research.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed its lawsuit in federal court, naming the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security LLC as defendants.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council wants more time to consider a resolution that calls for getting 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar resources by 2025.

The vote to defer the measure for another two weeks came Monday night during an hours-long meeting.

The resolution calls for an implementation plan to be drafted by the city's energy conservation council by 2017. The plan would cover various options from retrofitting existing city buildings with solar arrays to the construction of a new solar farm.

The nation's primary wildfire-fighters are getting ready for the 2016 season, which is expected to be worse than average in Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will meet with regional forest officials Tuesday to discuss plans and preparations. The Forest Service is part of the Agriculture Department.

Last year, wildfires burned a record 15,800 square miles nationwide. Seven Forest Service firefighters died.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil against two county commissioners over claims that they tried to curtail his right to free speech.

Vigil's 2014 lawsuit alleges commissioners Billy Garrett and Wayne Hancock retaliated against him because he publicly criticized the commission over issues, such as staffing and pay levels.

But the judge agreed with the commissioners in his decision Friday.

CHAMA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a hiker missing since last fall has been found dead in a northern New Mexico mountain campground and say he apparently died of exposure.

New Mexico State Police say the body has been identified as Stephen Olshansky and that it appears he died while hiking along the Continental Divide.

Police say his last known address was in Boynton Beach, Florida.

An autopsy will be conducted. Police say there's no sign of foul play.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Two people from Hatch died in a vehicle crash northeast of Deming after their car collided head-on with a second vehicle.

New Mexico State Police say 33-year-old Lourdes Vacio and 12-year-old Janelly Lizette Vacio died when the vehicle they were traveling in on State Road 26 collided with the other vehicle early Saturday morning.

Another passenger in the vehicle containing Lourdes and Janelly Vacio and the driver of the second vehicle are both listed in critical condition at a hospital.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A top animal shelter official's lawsuit against the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office is settled for $90,000.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley executive director Beth Vesco-Mock filed her lawsuit over malicious abuse of process and defamation of character that she says she experienced when misdemeanor charges were filed against her.

A prosecutor dismissed the charges.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock, New Mexico, middle school principal has been placed on leave for allegedly displaying a poster listing students who wouldn't be graduating to the next grade.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that district officials put Principal J. Kaibah Begay on leave Wednesday.

Central Consolidated School District spokesman James Preminger says the administration learned Tuesday that Tse Bit'a'I Middle School had put up a poster in a hallway identifying 100 students who wouldn't be promoted.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are proposing changes to a policy that governs civil penalties levied against certain polluters and how those fines can be used to benefit local communities.

The state Environment Department wants to clarify the decades-old policy to ensure the money goes directly to projects in communities most affected by the pollution.

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says that didn't always happen in the past and the proposed changes are meant to keep any of the civil fines from being used for political agendas or pet projects.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a historic Hispanic village in New Mexico are praising President Barack Obama's plan to visit Hiroshima — the Japanese city where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb.

But residents also want Obama to visit their village of Tularosa next to where U.S. government tested the first atomic bomb. Residents say generations of descendants have suffered from various cancers and health problems resulting from the Trinity Test in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Southeastern New Mexico emergency services will receive $800,000 under settlements stemming from 2014 a radiation leak that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department says Eddy County will get $510,000 for training and equipment for emergency personnel and for radiological preparedness training for hospital staff. Lea (lee) County will get $260,000 to buy medical kits, sanitizing systems and radios for responders. The city of Hobbs will get $30,000 for medical kits.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Corrections has outlined minimum pay increases for officers that it says will help with recruitment within the department beset by staffing shortages.

Spokeswoman Alex Tomlin says the raises will go into effect in July.

State lawmakers this year allocated $4.5 million to the department to address correctional officer pay, after officials raised concerns about low-staffing levels and overworked officers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are predicting they can shrink next year's state budget shortfall for Medicaid health care by $61 million if proposals go forward to reduce reimbursements to hospitals and general physicians.

The Human Services Department on Monday released detailed financial projections for its evolving plan to deal with an initial $85 million shortfall in the state's obligations toward Medicaid.

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