News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

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

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - Rescuers hope today to finish building a temporary bridge to get closer to about 70 people still stranded by Sunday's flash-flooding in the Ruidoso area. Rain yesterday delayed the work but didn't cause any further flooding. Authorities say Sunday's flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly damaged about 200 homes, washed out 13 bridges and killed at least one person.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A 25-year-old Las Cruces woman is facing criminal charges for an alleged affair with a 14-year-old boy. According to court records, Annette Martinez told police she was in love with the boy and had sex with him 40 times since she began baby-sitting him and his two siblings earlier this summer. Martinez is jailed on $5,000 bond.

SANTA FE (AP) - It turns out that a pair of Rail Runner Express tunnels, along with an I-25 overpass along the commuter line's extension to Santa Fe, aren't as tall as state rules require. However, state officials say there's no problem because they still are within the national standards for passenger trains. State standards call for bridges and culverts to have clearances of at least 22 1/2 feet, while the national standard is 19 1/2 feet.

SANTA FE (AP) - A lawsuit challenging Rio Arabia County's moratorium on oil and gas drilling has been dropped. Approach Resources Incorporated says its withdrawing the complaint because Governor Richardson has directed the state Oil Conservation Division to create new rules for parts of Rio Arabia County. The company owns the mineral-rights leases on 90,000 acres in the northwestern New Mexico county.

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