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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has changed the application for patients wanting to participate in the state's medical marijuana program. The Health Department said Friday the application is now two pages rather than four and can be completed online and then printed for signing. Certifying practitioners also are required to send medical records instead of writing lengthy explanations.

DENVER (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it has almost finished a review of damage claims from a Colorado mine spill the agency accidentally triggered. But an internal agency accounting of those claims could be off by tens of millions of dollars. It's the latest in a series of complications and setbacks since EPA contractors working at the inactive mine unleashed 3 million gallons of wastewater, turning waterways in several states bright orange.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A Dallas company and a France-based multinational corporation are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists announced on Tuesday their intent to form the joint venture. Orano USA is a division of France's Orano energy company specializing in nuclear power and renewable energy.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A stretch of highway in southeast New Mexico will be designated as a safety corridor, allowing police to double the fines for traffic violations. The New Mexico Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the designation for the section of U.S. Highway 285 from the town of Loving to the border with Texas. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Office, nine people died on this stretch of roadway last year.

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