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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved confidentiality provisions Monday for aerospace companies working out of a taxpayer-funded space launch facility in southern New Mexico. Exceptions to state open-records laws for trade secrets and sensitive financial information about tenants at Spaceport America cleared the Senate on a 35-5 vote, as the lead sponsor of the measure promised a big payback in future business. The bill now moves to the House, with a three-day window for approval before lawmakers adjourn. Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has approved funding to help shore up a giant, man-made cavern in southern New Mexico that is on the verge of collapse. The House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday to use a portion of excise taxes paid on vehicle sales to underwrite as much as $30 million in spending on the problem over the next three years. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has until Thursday morning to veto or approve the measure.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she's encouraged that a sweeping plan unveiled by the Trump administration calls for investments in rural infrastructure. The two-term Republican governor was among other leaders from around the nation who met Monday with President Donald Trump. Trump's plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion in local and state tax dollars for new investments and repairs of crumbling roads and airports. It also calls for a streamlined permitting process to get projects going.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge awarded a New Mexico woman $2.3 million for the pain, suffering, loss and disability she still experiences a decade after a minimally invasive spine surgery. The Albuquerque Journal reports U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz of Albuquerque awarded Patricia Rue her amount and three other former patients another $10 million in damages, after finding that Quorum Health Resources of Tennessee breached its duty to prevent harm to bone cement spinal treatment patients at Gerald Champion Regional Hospital from 2007 to 2008.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's medical marijuana program (all times local): Noon Some state lawmakers are pushing for New Mexico's health secretary to use her authority to add opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. They gathered Monday in Santa Fe with representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance in hopes of building more support for memorials aimed at expanding access to medical marijuana.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A man who alleges a former New Mexico priest sexually abused him is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. The lawsuit, filed last week against the diocese and St. Helena Parish in Hobbs, says the diocese facilitated sexual battery and assisted the Rev. Ricardo Bauza in evading authorities, the Hobbs News-Sun reports. It comes three months after Hobbs police issued a warrant for Bauza's arrest following a complaint he sexually assaulted an adult male.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather conditions in New Mexico (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Forecasters are warning of hazardous winter travel conditions due to snow and icy roads in parts of northern and northeastern New Mexico. The National Weather Service says conditions are expected to worsen late Saturday and early Sunday with varying amounts of snowfall in mountains of northern New Mexico and adjacent highlands along Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton passes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative proposal to boost New Mexico's preschool and daycare funding by an estimated $150 million a year inched closer on Friday to a possible statewide vote, as a Senate panel endorsed tapping into a state sovereign wealth fund. The Senate Education Committee recommended approval of a constitutional amendment that would increase distributions from the state's $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand preschool, daycare and home visits by social workers to parents of infants and toddlers.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling in a $165 million lawsuit against FedEx filed after a deadly accident involving a contracted FedEx truck. Las Cruces Sun-News reports the 2011 crash west of Las Cruces killed three people including the truck driver and left a baby severely injured. Alfredo Morga filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx over the loss of his wife, Marialy Venegas, and his daughter, Ylairam Morga. Venegas' parents also joined the lawsuit.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A judge has delayed the start of a trial on a couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team. The Headlight reports Judge Timothy L. Aldrich refused the defense's motion to dismiss the case at a hearing in Deming on Monday, but he delayed the trial to April after previously undisclosed financial data was handed to the defense. Scott and Colette Chandler filed the suit against the three officers over a June 2014 incident in Deming.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 45-year-old Farmington-area business man faces two years in prison after being sentenced on his fraud conviction for bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million, spending the money instead of investing it in real estate as he said he would. Bobby Willis of Kirtland was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque after pleading guilty last July under an agreement with prosecutors. A hearing will be scheduled to determine the amount of restitution Willis will be ordered to pay to the couple.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the New Mexico state Senate are bracing for a heated debate about whether to increase funding for early childhood education by distributing more money from a multibillion dollar sovereign wealth fund. An education committee meeting was moved on Friday to a larger venue on the Senate floor to provide room for a large audience. The House has endorsed a constitutional amendment to increase annual distributions from the $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to early childhood education programs.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man is facing charges after police say he beat his wife when he learned she was using a cell phone to access Facebook. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Jose Melendez was arrested this week following an investigation by officers who found his wife with injuries to her hands, arms, torso and face. According to Las Cruces police, the couple got into a fight after the 35-year-old Melendez learned that his wife was using her cell phone to access Facebook and communicate with others. Melendez is accused of strangling his wife until she lost consciousness.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico man who authorities say beat his mother to death has been ordered held without bail. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Jesus Navarro is facing a number of charges including murder, intimidation of a witness and tampering with evidence in the death of 67-year-old Hortencia Jimenez. Authorities say the 44-year-old Navarro attacked his mother at a family home in Malaga, New Mexico, following an argument on Jan. 31. A criminal complaint says Jimenez was found bleeding from a head wound and unable to walk.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico suspended head football coach Bob Davie on Thursday for 30 days without pay, following multiple investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. The suspension comes after an initial investigation requested by university officials had found through confidential interviews with players that Davie had told them in an all-team meeting to "get some dirt" on a student who had reported that a fellow player had raped her.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The FBI has concluded two young children took explicit photos found at an Army installation's day care center and that no adults were involved, White Sands Missile Range officials said. The investigation began in December after inappropriate photos of children were discovered on iPads, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported . Investigators found that about 20 photos were taken by two children ages 4-5 at the Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center, officials said Wednesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison in New Mexico for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Jordan Roybal was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque. Roybal was arrested last March on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer in November 2016 in Santa Fe County. Prosecutors say Roybal resisted arrest, challenged the officer to a fight and bit him on the wrist.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Federal safety officials plan in March to determine the probable cause of a fatal 2015 wreck involving two freight trains southeastern New Mexico. The National Transportation Safety Board says it also plans during the March 13 meeting in Washington to issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing similar accidents in the future. A Southwestern Railroad engineer was killed and a second crew member was seriously was injured when their train struck a train parked on a siding 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Roswell on April 28, 2015.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation is criticizing the state's largest newspaper for running a syndicated cartoon some activists say is racist. The cartoon depicts a man telling his wife as they're being accosted by a gang member and a terrorist: "Now Honey . I believe they prefer to be called 'Dreamers' . or future Democrats ." The term "dreamers" refers to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. U.S. Sens.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will study opportunities to provide Medicaid coverage through a fee to people who earn too much to qualify for the health care program for the poor, under an initiative approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday. The Democrat-led state Senate voted 33-8 on Wednesday to commission a year-long study of possibilities for expanding health care coverage by allowing more people to buy into Medicaid. The House approved the measure. Decisions about whether to proceed with a buy-in program would be left until next year, after Republican Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state-by-state initiative aimed at regulating and possibly limiting the role of money in politics through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution has won its first endorsement from a state legislative chamber. The New Mexico House of Representative voted 41-28 on Wednesday to urge Congress to restore greater federal and local regulation of political spending that influences elections and governance. State Senate action is pending.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The highly anticipated opera adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's famed novel "Bless Me, Ultima," one of the most recognizable works of Mexican-American Literature, is set to premiere. And the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque announced this week that all five dates for the "Bless Me, Ultima" opera later this month already have been sold out.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are embracing a proposal to help pay for dog and cat sterilizations by collecting a new annual fee from pet food manufacturers. A panel of Senate lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the annual $100 fee on each brand name of pet food distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico's Department of Agriculture says there are more than 13,000 pet food and treat labels registered with its offices. Legislative analysts say the financial impact on pet owners would be negligible.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a new district judge to fill an empty position in San Juan County. The Daily Times reports that Sarah Weaver was appointed on Friday to the Division 3 district seat for the 11th Judicial District. The vacancy occurred when Sandra Price retired from the bench at the end of last year. Weaver's first day on the bench is set for March 5. She says she's humbled and excited for the opportunity. Members of the 11th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selected Weaver, who has practiced law for more than 24 years.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House lawmakers have approved a proposal to increase funding for early childhood education in New Mexico by distributing more money from a multibillion dollar state sovereign wealth fund. The House voted 36-33 on Tuesday in favor of the constitutional amendment to increase annual distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund by 1 percent. It now heads to the Senate for consideration. Last year, a similar measure stalled in the Senate. Supporters say a substantial increase in state spending is needed to improve and expand preschool education.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A scientist's father says his son is recovering from surgery after being shot in the head in an apparent road rage incident. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says no arrest had been made as of Monday. A police report says the victim, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, was driving behind a Jeep when the vehicle braked several times. The victim slowed down. The report says the driver of the Jeep then pulled over at an intersection, waited for the victim and got back on the highway behind the victim's vehicle.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 24-year-old Albuquerque man convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl after police said he crashed into her family car during a race on Interstate 25 is set to be sentenced. Xavier Nelson is scheduled Tuesday to be sentenced following his December 2017 conviction for homicide by vehicle and reckless driving. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is seeking a six-year prison sentence. The November 2016 collision sent the vehicles rolling, ejecting 10-year-old Carmen Esmeralda Rivera and killing her instantly. Police say Nelson was traveling 107 mph (172 kph).

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The deadline has arrived for major party candidates in New Mexico to turn in nominating petitions in order to run for statewide or federal office. Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to turn in declarations and signatures so that they appear on the 2018 primary election ballot in June. Candidates for statewide office must also submit a financial disclosure form that includes sources of annual income over $5,000. The Libertarian Party recently qualified as a major party alongside the Democratic and Republican parties.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are pushing a measure aimed at curbing suicides at one of the state's most famous bridges. Two northern New Mexico Democrats want the state to divert money to reassign three state police officers to monitor the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge outside of Taos, New Mexico and south of Colorado. Officials say there have been more than 125 suicides from the bridge in the last two decades. It is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System and sits 650 feet (198 meters) above the Rio Grande.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Activists advocating for religious freedom are targeting a Ten Commandments monument in a southeastern New Mexico public building and a city's sponsorship of a Martin Luther King, Jr. event. The Hobbs News-Sun report members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation says the Ten Commandments monument and the King event violate the separation of church and state. Hobbs resident and foundation member Jeremy Wood asked the Hobbs City Commission at a recent meeting to remove the Ten Commandments monument at Hobbs City Hall.