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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted four people on charges of conspiring to import and fraudulently sell Filipino-made jewelry as made by Native Americans. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the indictment Tuesday stems from an investigation that began in early 2015, involved several federal agencies and resulted in a previous indictment. The latest indictment charges four people with conspiracy and one of the four as well as a fifth person with violating the Indian Arts and Craft Act. U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's lone Republican congressman is praising former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for helping restart the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository nearly three years after a radiation leak shuttered the facility. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sent a blessing Thursday to Moniz for his work in reopening the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. The comments by Pearce came during an address to a joint session of the state Legislature that emphasized cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Drivers in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho will still have to watch out at intersections, as the city has decided to keep its red-light cameras. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kSOc5f ) that on Wednesday the City Council voted on a four-year deal to keep working with camera company Redflex. Rio Rancho is the only New Mexico city still working with Redflex. Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe all have in the past. The new deal in Rio Rancho comes as some drivers in New Mexico are getting checks from Redflex in the mail.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials are preparing for a potential legal confrontation with President Donald Trump's administration over the city's immigrant-friendly policies. On Wednesday, City Attorney Kelley Brennan suggested the city ask for a declaration in federal court that the city's policies are consistent with U.S. law. Brennan asked the City Council for authorization to consult with outside attorneys on the issue. Brennan says she also wants to consider other legally clarifying options, including the possibility of a lawsuit.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- La Nina, we hardly knew ye. U.S. weather forecasters said Thursday the cool flip side to the climate phenomenon El Nino has faded away. The La Nina episode lasted only four months and was among the weakest and shortest on record, coming on the heels of one of the strongest El Ninos, said Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. La Nina, a cooling of parts of the equatorial Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide, often lasts a year or more, longer than El Ninos.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city in the heart of oil and gas country is refusing to light up for recreational marijuana. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Hobbs City Commissioners—who, judging by their pictures on the official city website are rather elderly--this week endorsed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New Mexico. City Manager J.J. Murphy presented the commission with a resolution and says recreational marijuana would be a detriment to Hobbs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report is scheduled to be released on the health effects of the people who lived near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test. The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will release the health assessment report Friday on residents of a historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Test in the New Mexico desert. Scientists working in the secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico, developed the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. The bomb was tested in a stretch of desert near towns with Hispanic and Native American residents.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fathers in New Mexico may soon get a helping hand when it comes to diaper changing. The state Legislature takes up consideration Thursday of a bill to require baby changing tables for all newly constructed restrooms in public places, whether for males or females. The regulations would apply to hotel lobbies, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, grocery stores, museums, gas stations, doctor's offices and more. State officials estimate equipment and installation can range from $750 to over $3,000. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $250.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Extensive revisions to New Mexico's medical marijuana program that would automatically allow all military veterans to qualify as patients are advancing in the state Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposed legislation on Wednesday despite objections from members to the veterans' eligibility provisions. The bill's next stop is the full Senate. Other proposed changes to a 2007 law legalizing medical cannabis would add treatable medical conditions including substance abuse disorder.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are advancing a proposed memorial urging the U.S. Congress to prohibit the creation a possible Muslim registry. President Donald Trump is seeking a temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and has said the U.S. needs a registry for Syrian refugees entering the country. Whether he wants a registry for all Muslims in the U.S. has been less clear. A committee in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Wednesday endorsed a memorial that would seek a prohibition on any possible national registry based on religious affiliation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they've arrested a suspect who allegedly stabbed a man on a city bus last month. They announced Wednesday that 62-year-old Gregory Wayne Dozier was taken into custody. He allegedly stabbed another man 25 times on Jan. 21 after the two fought on the bus. Authorities say the victim remains hospitalized in critical condition. His name hasn't been released. Police say someone spotted Dozier at a local shelter, recognized him from a billboard wanted poster and called authorities. It isn't immediately known if Dozier has a lawyer yet.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says community-based efforts and better cooperation can be used to prevent crime in one of the nation's poorest states. Balderas told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday that more resources for officers and increased funding for prosecutors and judges could help tackle rising violent crime rates. The FBI says the number of murders reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped by nearly 16 percent in 2015 from the year before.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a budget crisis in the New Mexico state judiciary (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Emergency funding has been approved to ensure jury trials can continue in New Mexico state courts and to stave off unpaid furloughs at the state Supreme Court. The New Mexico Board of Finance led by Gov. Susana Martinez approved a $600,000 infusion to a fund that compensates jurors and another $83,000 for operations at the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura said the decision will extend funding for jury trials through April 14.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe is reconsidering using the term "sanctuary city" in a resolution reaffirming immigrant-friendly policies as President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds. Drafters have removed the word "sanctuary" from a proposed resolution designed to emphasize Santa Fe's positions on using law-enforcement resources to question citizens' immigration status and other immigrant-friendly policies.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Board of Finance is considering whether to provide emergency funding to state courts to ensure payment to jurors and avoid unpaid furloughs at the state Supreme Court. The executive board overseen by Gov. Susana Martinez has scheduled a meeting Wednesday to consider a request for $600,000 to shore up a fund for jurors and court interpreters that would otherwise run out of money on March 1. Court officials warn that jury trials could be suspended and cases dismissed without an infusion of emergency cash.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Denver has denied a petition asking it to review a lower court ruling requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2kNYvYf ) that a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th circuit had previously left in place the lower court ruling regarding the monument outside Bloomfield's City Hall. Petitioners asked the full court to review the case, and it has declined to do so.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says only around a third of families eligible for child care assistance take advantage of the program in New Mexico — one of the nation's poorest states. Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson says a new report looking into child care in the state found that more families could be signing up for the program but the state is doing better than others. The report released Wednesday says New Mexico ranked 10th nationally on eligible families signing up for child care assistance.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A symbolic measure aimed at trying to halt oil and gas drilling around Chaco Cultural National Historical Park has failed to pass out of a New Mexico Legislative panel. The House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee voted 6-6 on Tuesday on memorial about drilling in the greater Chaco area. The memorial requests the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to consider a temporary moratorium on fracking-related lease sales and permit approvals in the northwestern New Mexico territory many tribes say is sacred.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says he won't support fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. The New Mexico Democrat told The Associated Press on Monday that Sessions wouldn't be an "independent" attorney general and he wouldn't support basic rights for the nation's immigrants. Udall suggested that the Republican Alabama senator will support Trump efforts to stop certain refugees and visa-holders from entering the U.S. Udall made his remarks about Sessions after speaking to immigrant rights advocates in Santa Fe.

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating a fatal shooting in Cimarron. The State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted by Cimarron police on Sunday night after a man was found with a gunshot wound and later died. Police say the man has been identified as 27-year-old Joshua Ortega. No other information was immediately released Tuesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is showing little interest in rewriting regulations that can require the euthanizing of wild bears and other wild animals that attack humans to test for rabies. The proposal responds to public outrage over the decision to kill a mother black bear last year following an attack on a marathon runner in the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Eddy County say a drug investigation unveiled a plot to harm law enforcement officers and their families. The Artesia Daily Press (https://goo.gl/SUijOU ) reports that 17 arrests were made Feb. 1-2 as authorities went to dozens of homes and interviewed approximately 100 people during the drug investigation. Officials said information turned up by the multi-agency investigation indicates the alleged plot to harm officers and their families targeted specific Artesia and Carlsbad police officers and county sheriff's deputies and their families.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has vetoed a resolution that would have provided funding for disaster assistance. The Daily Times of Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/2lfNShu ) that Begaye on Sunday line-item vetoed the resolution, which would have provided $242,576 in supplemental funding to 33 chapters to help residents respond to recent winter weather. The funding would have come from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance. In a memorandum sent to Speaker LoRenzo Bates and the council, Begaye said the resolution did not comply with tribal law.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque councilors are considering reaffirming a yearsold resolution declaring the city immigrant friendly. Lawmakers in 2000 voted unanimously to declare Albuquerque immigrant friendly. Now, some members of the City Council and dozens of members of the public are calling for the council to reaffirm that action in light of recent actions by President Donald Trump. A memorial was introduced Monday and is scheduled to be discussed Feb. 22.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only Latina governor is denouncing a charge by a white former mayor of Santa Fe that she is a racist. A spokesman for New Mexico Gov.

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