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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico boy who authorities say endured years of abuse and was found buried along the side of a rural highway had not attended school for several months. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Jeremiah Valencia's mother pulled him out of a Las Vegas, New Mexico middle school and told school officials she would enroll him in a Santa Fe school, but she never did and school and state did not notice. Police say Valencia had been out of school for at least seven months before he died.

MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) - The family of Canadian grain farmers has identified the four people killed in small plane crash in Utah. Jon Kaupp told KSL-TV in Salt Lake City late Saturday that his father, 64-year-old pilot Bill Kaupp, was among those killed in the southeastern Utah crash.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico city with one of the highest minimum wage in the country has seen wage theft complaints spike in each of the past three years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports last year Santa Fe saw 16 employees accuse an employer of paying less than the minimum guaranteed to workers by the city's Living Wage Ordinance.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A GOP New Mexico state lawmaker has earned 58 percent of the Republican delegates in a congressional race in southern New Mexico that is drawing national attention. State Rep. Yvette Herrell, Alamogordo Republican, won most of the delegates on Saturday in Albuquerque at the party's pre-primary convention.

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