IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-NEW MEXICO
More immigrants deported from New Mexico center
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - Officials say more Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said one plane Friday took the immigrants from Artesia to Honduras and another flight sent the women and children to Guatemala and El Salvador.
ICE officials say more of the 600 or so women and children at the Artesia center are scheduled to return to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon.
The deportations are part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last month, the Obama administration announced plans to convert the Artesia facility into one of several temporary sites being established to deal with the influx of women and children fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-NATIONAL GUARD-NEW MEXICO
New Mexico not deploying National Guard to border
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says New Mexico isn't sending National Guard troops to the border to deal with an influx of children and families from Central America trying to enter the country illegally.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Monday there's no immediate plan to deploy the National Guard to the border on a state mission.
His comments came after Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced up to 1,000 troops would be sent to the Texas-Mexico border.
Knell said Martinez does believe there's a role for the National Guard in protecting the border. He said the governor disagreed with federal decisions in 2008 and 2012 to stop funding programs that had National Guard troops supporting the Border Patrol with surveillance and other non-law enforcement duties to help deal with border violence.
Southwest retains low rankings in child welfare
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.
New Mexico, which last year booted Mississippi from last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.
Mississippi fell back to the bottom in the annual report from Annie E. Casey Foundation. Nevada came in at 48th, mostly because of the number of children living in poverty, and Louisiana ranked 47th despite a number of across-the board improvements.
Arizona rounded out the bottom five as the report says its rate of children living in poverty has increased and support for programs to help has dropped significantly.
HOMELESS MEN KILLED
$5M bond set for teens in homeless beating deaths
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three Albuquerque teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition have been ordered held on $5 million bonds.
Police say they are also investigating claims by one of the teens that the trio had been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months.
Prosecutors requested $1 million bond for each of the three during initial appearances Monday, but Metropolitan Court Judge Linda Rogers set bond at $5 million. She cited the gravity of the alleged crimes and the suspects' potential to flee.
The teens, aged 15, 16 and 18, have been charged with open counts of murder. Police said they expect the younger suspects to be charged as adults in the Friday night killings.
Family and attorneys for the three declined comment after the court proceeding.
Santa Fe hospital workers reject contract offer
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An overwhelming vote by unionized nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe rejects a contract offer.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 95 percent of the nurses rejected the offer that the hospital's administration called its best and last and that 80 percent of the techs also did so.
The rejection of the contract offer triggers a notice of intent to strike, though a union leader says they'll be seeking a return to the bargaining table. The current contract expires July 31.
The hospital says the offer had reasonable staffing and pay incentives, while the union is expressing dissatisfaction with the pay provisions and with staffing standards.
Department: New Mexico has 2nd plague case in 2014
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.
The Department of Health says testing has confirmed that a hospitalized 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County had plague.
An environmental investigation will take place at the woman's home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.
The first case of plague in New Mexico this year was reported in April. It involved a 57-year-old man from Torrance County. He's still recovering.
Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.
However, it also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets.
1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at Albuquerque party
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say one man is dead and two others are wounded as a result of a shooting during a fight at a party over the weekend.
Police say 22-year-old Emilio Perez died early Sunday after being shot multiple times. The two other victims are juveniles who are expected to survive their injuries.
A police spokesman says dozens of people attended the party but that many left before police arrived.
Church Rock man pleads guilty to murder
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 21-year-old Church Rock man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a man he met on Craigslist earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors say Kevin Martinez entered the plea Monday as part of an agreement that calls for him to be sentenced to nine years in prison followed by a term of supervised release.
Authorities say the two men had arranged a sexual encounter in a secluded area outside Gallup on March 5. According to the plea agreement, Martinez beat up the man and stabbed him several times after being ridiculed. The victim's body was covered by an old mattress.
The FBI declined to identify the victim, citing U.S. Department of Justice policy.
A sentencing date for Martinez hasn't been set.
Man accused of running over cyclist after fight
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say a 53-year-old man is accused of purposely running over a bicyclist with the man's van following a fight.
Sgt. Ferris Simmons says Edward Gurule and 19-year-old Tiger Toya were involved in a physical altercation at a park before both left.
According to Simmons, Gurule then saw Toya riding a bike and intentionally ran over him.
Toya is hospitalized in stable condition, while Gurule was arrested. He's accused of aggravated battery, tampering with evidence, attempting to commit a violent felony and aggravated DWI.
It's not immediately known when Gurule has an attorney.
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