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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyist after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information have floundered.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County's district attorney has issued a scathing letter to the Las Cruces Police Department after learning of alleged problems with the department's investigation into the fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in Las Cruces. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2o0kU2M) District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's letter to police Chief Jaime Montoya accuses the department of maintaining a culture of disrespect and undeserved criticism toward his office.

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Survivors of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines and their descendants are gathering across New Mexico to mark the 75th anniversary of the infamous event. Events commemorating the march were scheduled Sunday in Santa Fe and Las Cruces, while Albuquerque held an event at Bataan Memorial Park on Saturday. In 1942, Japanese soldiers forced tens of thousands of U.S. and Filipino soldiers on a 65-mile trudge through hot jungle to a prison camp. Hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Filipinos died along the way.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man caught up in a reported domestic violence incident in New Mexico unleashed his pit bull dog to attack a responding police officer. Court records show charges were filed Friday against Anthony Blackshear, including felony aggravated assault and battery on a police officer. Police say they were called on a report that Blackshear had beaten his girlfriend at home. He was riding his bicycle in the area with the dog when officers approached him. Police say that's when Blackshear unleashed the pit bull.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico utilities company doesn't want to disclose specifics about its attorney fees, as it seeks a rate increase. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oW3Lbu ) that the Public Service Company of New Mexico has been pushing to conceal the hourly rates it pays its lawyers. Though it disclosed how much it spends in total, the utility says more specific information will compromise future rate negotiations for its legal services. But multiple environmental groups are pushing back.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement agents and prosecutors on the Navajo Nation have joined forces to advocate for the creation of a public safety fund to help deal with an increase in violent crime. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1lKttWL) authorities say criminals have been getting more aggressive and do not fear prosecution because they are aware of the shortage of police officers, prosecutors and judges. The public safety fund would help hire more people to fill these positions.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Roswell City Council has approved the mayor's recommendation of Joe Neeb (Neb) as the new city manager. All seven of the city councilors who attended Friday's special meeting voted in favor of Neeb. Mayor Dennis Kintigh recommended Neeb for Roswell's top day-to-day administrative position from among three candidates who visited the city in March and were interviewed for the job. Neeb is scheduled to start on April 17. He has 20 years of experience as a chief administrative officer for several municipalities.

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — High winds and blowing dust are causing problems across the Southwest. It's causing a closure on Interstate 10 along the New Mexico and Arizona border. State transportation officials in both states say they're diverting traffic off I-10 to Highway 70, at San Simon, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico. No timeline was given for when the roads would reopen. In southern Nevada, Clark County's Department of Air Quality issued a dust advisory in effect through Saturday evening.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court will soon consider two cases involving the state's rules for granting bail. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2oQiSG9 ) that the cases are very different, but both ask what evidence prosecutors must provide to justify keeping an accused person in jail without bond. A state constitutional amendment passed in November gives judges the authority to keep a defendant in jail without the option of posting bond, but only if prosecutors present "clear and convincing evidence" that the person dangerous.

SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — New Mexico officials want to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, to include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and anxiety, among other ailments. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2nOH47k ) that the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board also voted Friday to increase the amount and potency allowed for an approved user.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former owner of an Albuquerque sports bar and restaurant has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for federal income tax evasion. Prosecutors say 59-year-old James E. Coleman Jr. also was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Coleman was the former president and owner of Sneakerz Inc., a corporation that operated Sneakerz Sports Bar. Prosecutors say Coleman was indicted in November 2014 for tax evasion and filing false tax returns.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an officer shot and wounded a man from Oklahoma during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Gallup. They say 33-year-old Steven Thompson of Oklahoma City was shot in the abdomen and taken to a hospital for treatment Friday morning. State police say an officer stationed in Gallup stopped a vehicle on the west end of Gallup for a traffic violation around 7 a.m. The officer asked the driver — later identified as Thompson — to stay out of the vehicle.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police in Rio Rancho say they've arrested a suspect in a fatal stabbing last month. They say Joseph Vargas is jailed on suspicion of an open count of murder and tampering with evidence. Police say Vargas also had warrants for probation and parole violations. Vargas was arrested Thursday and police say he allegedly confessed to the March 31 stabbing incidents. Police say 23-year-old Kenneth Torres was declared dead at the scene and another man remains hospitalized in critical condition.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico bills signed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local): 2 p.m. There will be no reshaping of the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico through the consolidation of elections. Gov. Susana Martinez did not take action on the bill before Friday's signing deadline, resulting in an automatic veto. The measure would have allowed such local elections to be combined and put before voters in November every other year. Experts had suggested that doing so could boost turnout.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico bills singed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local): 1:10 p.m. New Mexicans will still have the option to get license plates recognizing their affinity for red and green chile. It just won't be done through legislation. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed chile license plates to be issued for an extra fee that would have gone to support the state farm and ranch museum.

e ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A federal agency says it will give New Mexico its payment for an oil and gas lease sale now that it has responded to environmental concerns. The Roswell Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2oMXMbH) a U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesperson said Thursday that the state can expects its nearly $70 million payment by June 1, as scheduled, or earlier. BLM spokesperson Donna Hummel says the agency has finishing reviewing two extensive written protests by environmental groups based in Santa Fe and Arizona.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's state budget crisis (all times local): 11:10 a.m. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a $350 million package of tax and fee increases designed to shore up shaky state government finances. Martinez said Friday in a veto message that the Legislature ignored her repeated promises to veto tax increases. She says a proposal to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel sales would place an undue burden on families. She also objects to new taxes on the sale of vehicles and trucking permit fees approved by the Democrat-led Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico bills singed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would ban the use on minors of conversion therapy that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure was among dozens signed by the Republican governor as the Friday deadline approached for her to act on legislation passed during the session that ended March 18. Bill sponsor Democrat Sen.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer was involved in a shooting in which another person was shot and that eastbound Interstate 40 is closed in the Gallup area of northwestern New Mexico while the incident is investigated. Details are sketchy but the state police said the officer was not injured and that the shooting occurred Friday morning during a traffic stop. A state police statement referred to the wounded person as a "suspect" but gave no details about circumstances of the shooting.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico bills singed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local): 9:30 a.m. A New Mexico bill has been vetoed that would have revealed who donates to independent political groups that spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday rejected the proposed disclosure rules for political committees that do not coordinate directly with candidates. The bill responded to the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has created a 16-member commission to study the state's guardianship system and recommend improvements. The order announced Thursday follows a series of investigative articles published by the Albuquerque Journal that raised questions about the lack of oversight and transparency within the system. The Supreme Court directed the commission to hold hearings to gather public input and recommend any necessary changes in court rules, state statutes, funding, administrative practices or other proposals to improve the system.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing a line in the sand against tax increases and state government spending with hours left to sign or veto provisions of a budget plan from the Legislature. Martinez has until noon on Friday to consider a $6.1 billion spending bill that shores up funding for public schools and courts in the coming fiscal year. The Republican governor on Thursday renewed criticism of companion legislation to bring in $350 million by increasing taxes on gasoline, hiking permit fees for trucks and reduce tax exemptions on nonprofit hospitals.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Hotter temperatures and drying winds have prompted officials in southern New Mexico to increase the level of fire danger on the Lincoln National Forest. Forest officials say the higher rating extends across the entire forest to include the Smokey Bear, Sacramento and Guadalupe ranger districts. A rating of "high" means that fine dead fuels will ignite readily and fires will start easily from most causes. Officials also say unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a new law that ensures children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time. The law signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday was designed to ensure that students whose parents owe money at the cafeteria are still fed adequately and do not face public embarrassment. The legislation outlines debt collection procedures for unpaid breakfasts and lunches at public, private and religious schools that accept federal subsidies for student meals.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing a Clovis woman in a city park in 2014 has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that 28-year-old Matthew Jennings of Clovis received the mandatory sentence. A judge ruled in February that Jennings was found competent to stand trial and it was scheduled to begin this month. Jennings was accused of killing 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri in November 2014 at Goodwin Trails Park. According to court records, Ulibarri was walking with her 6-year-old son when Jennings attacked her.

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