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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Pharmacy Board has adopted a new regulation that allows pharmacists for the first time to write prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives, meaning a woman won't need to visit a physician in most cases to obtain birth control. Reports say the move is in response to the shortage of primary care doctors, gynecologists and obstetricians in the state, especially in rural areas. Officials say this has led to higher rates of unintended pregnancies in New Mexico.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Deming, New Mexico, border patrol station is recovering after authorities say he was assaulted while he was off-duty and was found alongside a road. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that a motorist found the agent on the side of a road late Friday. The release said the agent suffered "multiple, serious injuries" to his head, chest and hands. Emergency responders transported him to a hospital where he's listed in stable condition.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former world boxing and UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm is looking to end her three-fight losing streak Sunday when she faces Bethe Correia in an event in Singapore. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2rXtVMZ ) Holm will fight Correia June 11 in the UFC Fight Night 111 event. Holm has a 10-3 professional mixed martial arts record, while the 33-year-old Brazilian fighter Correia's record is 10-2-1. Holm is coming off 2016 losses to Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko and a loss in February to Germaine de Randamie.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is launching a campaign to educate people about Zika. The focus will be providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be traveling to areas where the mosquito-borne virus is prevalent. State officials said Friday that the campaign will include television and radio spots as well as billboards and movie theater advertising.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a blaze at an Albuquerque storage facility and they say 30 units have been damaged. When firefighters arrived at the location off Interstate 25 around 1:30 p.m. Friday, they found three storage units fully engulfed in flames. The flames spread to other units and prompted a second alarm as it grew to 30 units. Albuquerque Fire Department officials the cause of the blaze is under investigation. They say crews will remain at the storage facility overnight to make sure the fire is fully extinguished.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A sex-trafficking victim who called 911 to report she was being held hostage is suing the Albuquerque Police Department and two of its officers on grounds that they did not rescue her when they could have. The lawsuit claims police failed to adequately investigate after she called for help, which created a situation where her captor then raped her, beat her and shaved her head in retaliation, KOB-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2rUV2YT ) Friday. The victim remained a hostage days after calling 911.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman who called 911 to report she was being held hostage is suing the Albuquerque Police Department and two of its officers on grounds that they did not rescue here when they could have. KOB-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2rUV2YT ) Friday that the lawsuit claims police failed to adequately investigate after she called for help, which created a situation where her captor then raped her, beat her and shaved her head in retaliation. The woman was a victim of sex trafficking and remained a hostage days after she secretly found a phone and called for help.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers have laid out their plans for weighing the effects of oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico on everything from archaeological resources to light pollution. The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have completed a scoping report as they look to update a management plan that will guide development in one of the nation's largest basins.

A big Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer is returning to the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges next year in several states, including markets like Texas and Illinois. Health Care Service Corp. says it also intends to sell coverage in Oklahoma, where it is the only insurer on the exchange, as well as New Mexico and Montana. Coverage options are growing thin in many parts of the country on the exchanges, the only place where people can buy insurance with help from income-based tax credits. Several insurers have already said they are retreating from this market.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say two motorcyclists are dead after a crash with a car. Police spokesman officer Daren DeAguero says the accident on the city's southwest side happened Thursday evening when the driver of a sedan was trying to make a turn and was struck by the motorcycle. The two people on the bike died at the scene. Their names have not been released. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for treatment of what DeAguero described as non-life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the accident.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell say a body found outside the city may be that of a man reported missing last month. Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old Sergio Alexander Salas. A positive identification is pending. Wildermuth says Salas was last seen by his mother on May 25 driving away from the Roswell home where they both lived in a black Chevrolet pickup. She reported him missing on June 2. The Chaves County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal and New Mexico authorities say six members and associates of the so-called "Cruces Boys" gang have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. Five of the arrests were made Thursday in Las Cruces with the other arrest coming in Farmington. The men range in age from 21 to 35. Federal criminal complaints charge the six suspects with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. According to court records, the defendants distributed cocaine and crack cocaine throughout the Las Cruces area during the past 11 months.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The communications director for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has stepped down. Chris Sanchez resigned this week to move out-of-state in the second recent announced departure this week from the Martinez Administration. Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Thursday she was resigning later this month. The governor's federal affairs coordinator Larry Behrens is now her new communications director. Behrens previously worked as the spokesman for the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A southwestern New Mexico district attorney who was facing calls to resign following a suspected DWI traffic stop is being accused by the state's top prosecutor of misusing her position as a public official. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against Francesca Martinez-Estevez, whose district includes Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. She's facing five misdemeanor counts that include reckless driving and the use of the powers and resources of public office to obtain personal benefits.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has awarded grants to 195 arts organizations throughout the state for the fiscal year starting July 1 despite uncertainty about future support from the federal government. The New Mexico Arts Commission on Thursday approved $954,000 in grants to support artistic endeavors from opera to film festivals, fine-art school workshops, playwriting and Native American museum exhibitions. The National Endowment for the Arts underwrites 45 percent of that grant funding, and New Mexico's state general fund provides the rest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Hanna Skandera (all times local): 11 a.m. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is praising Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera who announced Thursday she is stepping down. The Republican governor says the state's students and schools are better because of Skandera's leadership and commended her for taking on teachers unions and "other entrenched special interests." Martinez says Skandera helped increase the state's high school graduation rates and improved student proficiency.

MORA, N.M. (AP) — A former northern New Mexico school superintendent facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges is headed to court. The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://goo.gl/xHv5cZ) former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a preliminary hearing. Authorities say Trujillo used fake credentials to obtain state educator licenses and high-paying administrative positions with the Mora and Pecos school districts. Trujillo resigned following an October investigation by the Las Vegas Optic that he faked his credentials.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for violating federal firearms laws. The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico says 25-year-old Isaac Joshua Salas of Rowell was sentenced this week during a hearing in Las Cruces. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. Salas was initially arrested in November 2015 on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of a firearm silencer not registered to him.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a review of safety at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The chairman of an independent federal oversight panel says many of the safety systems in place at Los Alamos National Laboratory's plutonium facility date to the 1970s when operations first began. Sean Sullivan with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board says the systems are vintage, prone to failure and will need to be upgraded to meet future needs.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is spending enormous amounts of money in potentially ineffective ways to treat a relatively small number of children for mental health problems related to household trauma and depression, several state agencies announced Wednesday in a report presented to lawmakers. The study showed that over a three-year period, New Mexico spent an average of $60,000 a year per child in Medicaid funds to treat 190 patients with acute behavioral conditions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Justice Judith Nakamura is the new chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She was sworn in Wednesday during a ceremony in Albuquerque after being elected by her colleagues to lead the court. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels, who had served as chief justice since 2016. In her new role, Nakamura will preside over Supreme Court hearings and conferences. She also will serve as the administrative authority over personnel, budgetary matters and general operations of all state courts.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A garden cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers believed to be ravaged by thieves was actually mistakenly destroyed by maintenance workers, school officials said Tuesday. In a statement, Eastern New Mexico University said police looked at surveillance footage of the school's Child Development Center and discovered that physical plant employees inadvertently decimated the garden while mowing.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Two men from New Mexico have been arrested in central Arizona after authorities found 6 ½ pounds of methamphetamine in their car. Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Eduardo Villalobos-Pizarro and 39-year-old Edger Rivera-Prieto remained jailed Wednesday, each on $150,000 bond. They both are being held on suspicion of the transportation and sale of dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's officials say a deputy pulled over a pickup truck for a moving violation May 31 near Prescott.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered a New Mexico man to pay the state Department of Game and Fish $4,000 for illegal possession of a set of trophy elk antlers. The Silver City Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/2r2Vx6f ) Monday that 40-year-old Michael C. Aguirre was issued the fine in a civil case that stems from a November 2015 traffic stop. Aguirre was questioned by game wardens about a trophy set of elk antlers found in the bed of his pickup during the traffic stop. Aguirre told the officers he picked up the antler rack while deer hunting with his son.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed the trial of a man accused of killing a Navajo Nation police officer. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2d3YiuF ) the judge agreed to push back Kirby Cleveland's trial after lawyers from both sides said they need more time to prepare for such a complex case. According to court records, Cleveland's trial was originally scheduled for this week. The parties have until July 31 to submit a proposed scheduling order to the court with proposed deadlines.

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