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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. MST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is giving her last State of the State address as New Mexico lawmakers convene for a 30-day legislative session. The Legislature convened at noon Tuesday in Santa Fe, and one of the first orders of business was for lawmakers to gather for the annual address. Martinez says it's been the honor of a lifetime to serve as governor and that the state's best days are ahead thanks to the devotion and character of its people.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is sounding an optimistic note about rebounding state finances and urging lawmakers to approve tougher criminal penalties at the outset of a new legislative session. Martinez delivered her final State of the State speech to the Legislature on Tuesday. She said the state's budget surplus has climbed to an estimated $330 million.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new report says quality of life is low for children in New Mexico. The 2017 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book found more children are living in poverty, are without health insurance and living in single-parent household than a year ago. The report from the New Mexico Voices for Children ranked New Mexico as the second worst state in child well-being.

ROMEROVILLE, N.M. (AP) - State police say two people are dead after a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas. Police say at least 20 vehicles sustained damage after one slid off the roadway and hit a divider in the median and the others piled up behind a jackknifed semitrailer.

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