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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A lawyer says four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program have filed paperwork to dismiss their cases. An attorney for the tribal members says the terms of the settlements include no admission of wrongdoing. Allegations involving more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana have been settled. One case remains in Washington state. A spokesman for the church declined comment.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico companies are hoping to use solar-powered, fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles to create a service that gathers data from the sky. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Wildflower International's CEO Kimberly deCastro sees the future of information technology taking off to the skies, and has partnered with Silent Falcon, which monitors wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service with its solar-powered, fixed wing UAV to get there.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse. Arthur Perrault entered his plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque following his arrest in Morocco and return to the U.S. The 80-year-old Perrault is facing charges of criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in incidents that federal authorities say happened at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery in the 1990s.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico election regulators are mailing nearly 55,000 postcards to eligible voters who are not yet registered. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Friday in a news release that the notices include the Oct. 9 registration deadline to participate in elections that conclude on Nov. 6.

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