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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico community is considering using online fundraising to pay the $700,000 it owes from a lawsuit that stemmed from a dispute over a Ten Commandments monument outside of Bloomfield City Hal that a court ordered to be taken down, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution and represented a government endorsement of religion. The Farmington Daily Times reports Bloomfield City Manager Eric Strahl says the city has until June 30, 2021 to pay for the American Civil Liberties Union's legal fees.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting involving a homicide suspect in Las Cruces. Police were looking for 23-year-old Nathaniel Montoya in connection to the death of a 29-year-old man found unconscious Friday night. Police spotted the suspect's vehicle Saturday and they say Montoya failed to stop. A high-speed chase ensued until police say Montoya crashed his van into vehicles at a gas station. At least one officer fired several rounds and Montoya died at the scene.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico agency that regulates oil and natural gas development says it has a plan to start plugging more of the hundreds of abandoned wells located across the state. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the state Oil Conservation Division is seeking to plug 41 wells on state land and 19 on private land during the current fiscal year.

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a sixth person has been arrested in connection with the robbery killing of an attendant at an Edgewood gas station along Interstate 40. The New Mexico State Police says 29-year-old Misty Nevarez was arrested Saturday in Albuquerque on suspicion of first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

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