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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling for new legislation that expands the duty to report child abuse or negligence. Balderas on Monday endorsed a bill that aims to close a loophole in the New Mexico Abuse and Neglect Act. He says current law makes it a duty to report abuse by parents, guardians and custodians of children but leaves out abuse by other people such as school personnel.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites of cultural significance. The upcoming lease sale marks the latest flare-up in a long-running dispute over management of vast expanses of land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Trump administration is clearing the way to replacing existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to replace the barriers with sturdy, vertical posts called bollards.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to increase funding for early childhood education in New Mexico by distributing more money from a multibillion-dollar state sovereign wealth fund has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A panel of House lawmakers on Monday recommended approval of the constitutional amendment with only Democrats in support. The initiative would likely increase education spending by more than $1 billion over the coming decade but reduce long-term investment returns.

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