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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye says he told prosecutors that the tribe would have supported the death penalty for the killer of an 11-year-old girl. Tom Begaye was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole as part of a plea deal in the 2016 rape and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. Russell and Tom Begaye are not related.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It's possible a standoff over millions of dollars in insurance premium taxes could be resolved now that New Mexico's attorney general and the state's largest health-care insurance provider are talking. Attorney General Hector Balderas' office confirmed Friday the parties are in settlement discussions and look forward to resolving the case for the good of the state. The attorney general's office says it hopes to avoid a lengthy court battle.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The National Congress of American Indians has waded into the debate over oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico, calling for a moratorium on drilling in the region surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The group voted Friday to approve a resolution that focuses on stopping drilling in parts of the San Juan Basin.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's unemployment rate is down. The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in September 2017, down from 6.3 percent in August as New Mexico's economy added 2,000 jobs.

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