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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a heavily debated rapid transit route along a stretch of Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque. State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, or ART, under review.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A group of religious residents in a southeastern New Mexico city is rallying around a Ten Commandments monument from public property. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the residents crowded a commissioners' meeting this week in Hobbs, New Mexico, to speak out against a another group's effort to take down the marker.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez will retire next month. The court announced Thursday that Chavez's retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state. Experts with the National Weather Service talked of pitiful snowpack levels in the mountain ranges that feed the state's rivers ahead of the release Thursday of the latest drought map. It shows all but a small sliver of southern New Mexico is grappling with some level of dryness.

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