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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man is facing his eighth drunken driving charge after police say he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint. The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://goo.gl/RmzvB1 ) that Arsenio Anaya was arrested earlier this month while traveling on Highway 65 toward Montezuma, New Mexico. According to New Mexico State Police, the 53-year-old Anaya made a U-turn on a blind curve to avoid the checkpoint and led police on a brief chase. Police say he was arrested after turning into a driveway.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque are unveiling design plans for a Memorial Park in honor of the 11 women whose bodies were found in a mass grave and are believed to be victims of a serial killer. The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department and City Councilor Klarissa Pena will release details this week of a park after years of work securing land and funding. Officials say the Memorial Park design was approved by the families of the victims. The families helped select trees, shrubbery, benches, and other design features.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters with the New Mexico State Forestry Division are answering the call for help as states around the West are dealing with large wildfires. At least 100 State Forestry personnel are supporting firefighting efforts around the region. State Forester Donald Griego says the West has seen one of the worst fire seasons on record with more than 2 million acres (809,371 hectares) burned. With New Mexico's fire season winding down, he says his agency has been able to share resources.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copayments from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid. State officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will be expanding drug and alcohol testing for its athletes. Interim University President Chaouki Abdallah met with coaches Tuesday and announced the expanded program. University officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fhQLwP) that expanding the program was the right thing to do. The new initiative will be an additional layer of testing that coaches already had the option of doing with their athletes, though each sport had to fund it out of its own budget. Most budgets at UNM have been frozen for several years.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a pickup involved in a hit-and-run crash with a school bus in northern New Mexico has been located and arrested. The New Mexico State Police says there were no injuries in the crash in which the pickup rear-ended the school bus in La Mesilla. The State Police says pickup's driver was arrested in nearby Espanola on suspicion of driving while under the influence. No additional details were released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is providing a $1 million grant for establishment of a biosciences business incubator in Albuquerque. The Commerce Department says it's estimated the grant for Innovate ABQ Inc. will create 155 jobs, retain 80 jobs and generate $2.5 million in private investment.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away. Santa Fe police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Frazier on Sunday near the Shake Foundation where authorities say the bizarre attack occurred. According to a criminal complaint, the victim says Frazier walked up to him to dance then slapped him across his face. The victim says Frazier then stole his green chile cheeseburger and ran from the scene. Witnesses say Frazier also had a belt around his neck.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her conviction on theft of government property and forgery charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the Department of Veteran Affairs. Federal prosecutors said 55-year-old Donah Davison will also be required to pay more than $147,000 in restitution as part of the sentence handed down Tuesday. Davison was charged in November in a multi-count indictment. Most of the counts stemmed from allegations that she deposited surviving-spouse benefit checks to which she wasn't entitled.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copays from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid. State officials will brief lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are sticking to conclusions that drastically limit Republican Congressman Steve Pearce's access to federal campaign funds as he runs for governor. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a response Tuesday to a lawsuit by Pearce that seeks access to $1 million in campaign contributions held in a federally registered account.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who is accused of killing another man by throwing a tire iron at his head has taken a plea deal to lessen charges. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/2xvFnUC ) Monday that 37-year-old Vernon Castle Clark pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, instead of second-degree murder, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Clark is accused of killing 33-year-old Jose Lopez-Perez, who was found dead at a house in February 2016 with a tire iron lodged in his head.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who allegedly jumped from her fiance's moving car near Las Cruces. Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Brenda Lenderman was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night. They say 26-year-old Lauro Hinojosa was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on his own recognizance Sunday. Sheriff's officials say foul play isn't suspected, but the incident remains under investigation. They say Lenderman and Hinojosa had just left a family gathering about 10 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's student population has dropped for the fifth straight year. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2wsQcYx ) New Mexico's largest university is reporting 26,278 total students for the fall 2017 semester. That's 782 fewer than fall 2016. The university has declined 2.9 percent in population from 2016 and 9.3 percent since its 2012 peak.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Records show seven Albuquerque beat police officers were among the city's top 25 salary earners last year and made more than the mayor thanks to overtime. An analysis by The Associated Press of the city of Albuquerque's top earners found that seven police officers took in at least $124,000 in 2016. Mayor Richard Berry earned $104,000. Officers Ramiro Garza was the city's seventh top earner, taking home nearly $147,000 in salary and overtime. Records show he was followed by Officer Brian Johnson who earned $145,100 last year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and some educators are objecting to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate "fluctuations." New objections were raised Monday to science standards drafted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The agency has suggested several additions and deletions to a set of science standards developed by a consortium of states.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states. The bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter recently to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, saying the high tariffs are affecting American farmers and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. The lawmakers said a key part of strengthening the nation's relationship with India will be reducing the tariffs that are impeding U.S.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A group of college students will be working over the next three months to improve trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The park announced its partnership with the Student Conservation Association on Monday, saying the five-member trail crew will be clearing overgrown vegetation, installing trail markers and building cairns. The crew will focus on Yucca and Juniper Ridge trails as well as trails in Rattlesnake and Slaughter canyons. As part of the program, the students will camp in tents and live on small stipends.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they've arrested a man on suspicion of arson and criminal damage to property. They say 32-year-old Joseph Grubb was taken into custody Monday morning outside the Cesar Chavez Community Center. A woman called 911 to say boyfriend was inside her vehicle and threatening to harm himself. Police say when they arrived at the scene, Grubb lit his shirt on fire and ignited the interior of the car before exiting the vehicle and jumping onto the roof of the community center. He was later arrested without incident.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new hotline has launched in New Mexico to assist Native American women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse. Fifty-six percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner, KRQE-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2fePExZ). Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population, and the service is needed in the state, said Cheyenne Antonio with the Red Nation activist group.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's cultural services department called off a weekend screening of the classic movie "Gone With the Wind" at a city-owned theater because of concerns that it celebrated the Confederacy. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2xtcHvu ) the department planned to play the movie as part of its series featuring movies adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning books. KiMo Theater Manager Larry Parker says they feared playing the movie would get the theater, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, tangled in heated national debates on Confederate symbols.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed. A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments - Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante — be reduced, along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou. Two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean also would be reduced under Zinke's memo, which has not been officially released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American-owned plaza in Albuquerque is about to expand with a popular restaurant. Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc., the development group tasked with redeveloping the 46-acre (186,155 square meter) parcel near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, is nearing completion of phase one of a project designed to breathe new life into the area, the Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/yhTZwF ). And the Albuquerque plaza that boasts the state's largest freestanding Starbucks will soon be home to the city's first Laguna Burger.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque TV station reports that it appears its news helicopter has crashed, taking the life of the pilot. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2x8iYuF) that while the pilot has not been officially identified, evidence found at the crash site suggests that the victim was pilot-reporter Bob Martin. The station said the helicopter crashed at around 4:30 p.m. MDT in rugged terrain near Carrizozo, about 150 miles southeast of Albuquerque. The station's website said Martin has worked at KRQE for more than 20 years, and often shoots, writes and edits his stories.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that Dona Ana County's top prosecutor offered to dismiss criminal charges against a defendant in exchange for money. The complaint filed by former office manager Marylou Bonacci also alleges that District Attorney Mark D'Antonio retained incompetent employees as political favors, improperly used funds and discriminated against women in his office. The complaint was filed this week in district court, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/2fhOm1U). D'Antonio said in a statement to The Associated Press that the claims were absurd.

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