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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Forecasters say southern New Mexico will likely see heavy rain through the weekend and officials there were already preparing for possible flooding. The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department authorized its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela says New Mexico is still competing for a battery factory planned by electric car maker Tesla Motors. Barela said the state had discussions with high-ranking Tesla officials this week. His comments came after Tesla confirmed it had broken ground on a possible plant site near Reno, Nevada but the company also made clear it's continuing to evaluate locations in other states.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former member of Los Alamos National Laboratory's non-proliferation team says he was fired after writing an article for a nonprofit website in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. James Doyle says he believes he was let go because lab officials feared the article could be interpreted as a voice from the laboratory and could present problems in seeking funding for Los Alamos's nuclear bomb building mission. A Los Alamos spokesman said the lab doesn't discuss personnel matters.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - The only local milk producer in southeastern New Mexico is going out of business. KRQE-TV reports Nature's Dairy closed its doors yesterday after nearly 35 years of providing milk to local grocery stores and schools around the state. Nature's Dairy co-owner Jeff Sapp says they couldn't compete with the bigger retail chains any longer.

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