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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. MDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether public defense attorneys are being stretched too thin to adequately represent poor people facing possible jail time. The independent agency overseeing public defense attorneys across New Mexico wants the court to step in and help deal with what it says are overwhelming case numbers, possibly by dismissing some nonviolent offenses or by other emergency measures.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New results show many high schools in New Mexico's four largest cities continue to struggle with upper-level math and reading tests. An analysis by The Associated Press of data released this week on PARCC tests showed a majority of high school students in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe combined didn't score proficient or better in math and reading in 2017.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico campaign finance regulators are making some adjustments as they move forward with a proposal for more detailed financial disclosures from nonprofit advocacy groups that attempt to influence elections. In response to public comments, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday released revised rules aimed at so-called dark money groups that can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections and ballot measures when acting independently. She added more time for public comment.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in New Mexico's Otero and Hidalgo counties. New Mexico Department of Health officials say there have not been any identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date. Ten cases of Zika virus disease were reported in New Mexico last year. Aedes mosquitoes previously have been trapped and identified in eight counties around New Mexico

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