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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate on Saturday ousted one of their members from a party leadership post amid renewed controversy over sexual harassment allegations. The Senate Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting Saturday and late released a statement saying a majority Democratic senators voted "to vacate the position" of majority whip that had been held by Sen. Michael Padilla. The Senate Democrats' statement says the caucus will meet in January to elect a new majority whip.

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - Sandoval County commissioners have rejected a proposed ordinance to regulate oil and gas development across thousands of square miles of unincorporated lands in northwestern New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the commission will consider asking the county's planning commission to overhaul the 10-page controversial measure, which was rejected early Friday morning following an hours-long meeting.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - It's been 35 years since Ann Riffin, a New Jersey native, disappeared in a remote corner of New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier this month there are still many unanswered questions decades after police found her car parked off a lonely stretch of highway near Mora. To this day, law enforcement officials have yet to find the 33-year-old's body or any sign of her.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The FBI is searching for a suspect who wore a University of New Mexico football jersey while robbing an Albuquerque bank. Authorities say the robbery occurred Thursday afternoon at a BBVA Compass Bank. Employees say he demanded money from a teller and then displayed a handgun. The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect left on foot. He is described as white, in his 20s, 5-foot-11 and with a slender build.

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