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

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico city has paid out more than $800,000 in settlements in connection with excessive force complaints involving one police officer. KRQE-TV reports that court records show that Espanola Police Sgt. Greg Esparza has been named in seven lawsuits or tort claims involving excessive force since 2012. Espanola Mayor Javier Sanchez says the complaints are concerning and changes are coming.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The southern New Mexico county that includes most of White Sands National Monument opposes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's proposal to elevate the vast expanse of shift sand dunes to national park status. The Otero County Commission said in a May 10 letter to the Democrat lawmaker that making White Sands a park wouldn't necessarily increase visitation, that his bill is unnecessary and that significant questions about the proposal remain unanswered.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The amount of per-student financial aid provided by scholarships mostly funded by New Mexico Lottery revenue is going up. The Albuquerque Journal reports that increases that exceed more than $1,100 for some students will result from additional funding provided by the state and a reduced demand for scholarships due to enrollment drops.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. prosecutors say a supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent is being held in a federal child pornography case. The office says 45-year-old Jason Christopher Davis of Las Cruces, New Mexico, made his initial appearance in federal court on Friday on a criminal complaint charging him with receipt of material containing or constituting child pornography. The public defender who has been appointed to represent him did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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