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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - One of New Mexico's major health care providers has settled a secret court case that stemmed from allegations the company cheated the state's Medicaid program out of $300 million. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Attorney General's Office settled with the company, Lovelace Inc., and its parent company for far less than the amount of fraud alleged by former senior executive Duke Rodriguez. Under the deals, Lovelace and Ardent Health Services paid the state $2 million and Rodriguez $500,000.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One person was shot and injured by an Albuquerque Police Department officer after police fielded calls someone was threatening people with a gun. Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik says multiple reports were received Saturday that an individual was walking and pointing a gun at people. Drobik says at least one shot was fired by at least one officer. Drobik did not say what prompted the officer to fire, but did say a weapon was recovered at the scene. The shooting is under investigation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico might not be the perfect spot for viewing the solar eclipse but several state parks and national monuments are still planning viewing parties. Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Viewers in New Mexico will be able to see nearly three-quarters of the sun blotted out by 11:45 a.m. Monday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in New Mexico say two people are dead and three others were hurt after a stolen vehicle crashed and caught on fire. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's office said the crash happened Friday night when officers started to follow a stolen vehicle that then attempted to elude them while driving recklessly.

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