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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The work of one of Zuni Pueblo's most famous fetish carvers will going on display this summer at the Albuquerque Museum. Officials say it will be the first retrospective exhibit of Leekya Deyuse's work. His carvings began gaining notoriety in the early 1900s thanks to the marketing of regional traders in the American Southwest.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Jurors deliberated the murder case of former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy Tai Chan for less than four hours and were unable to reach a unanimous decision, leading to a mistrial. Defense attorneys for Chan said as they emerged from court Tuesday that no juror agreed to a first-degree murder conviction. But jurors who spoke to the Las Cruces Sun-News after the mistrial said that statement was misleading.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years. GWS Auctions Inc. says the plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia. The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board announced Friday that it will hold a hearing next month to discuss the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The board and its president are unsure if the lab is fit to continue to operate and handle increasing quantities of plutonium in coming years and will seek the opinion of experts.

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