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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. MDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is visiting New Mexico this week as part of his nationwide tour connected to a contentious review of 27 national monument designations. Zinke is limiting his availability to reporters and avoiding a Las Cruces, New Mexico, town hall meeting with monument designation supporters.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States begins Thursday as the stakes of debate in their nation's capitals could hardly be higher for the region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Trump is moving ahead with plans to build a border wall and the U.S., Mexico and Canada are preparing to overhaul the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a favorite Trump punching bag.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Republican Party of New Mexico headquarters has been hit with spray paint, and officials say two protesters are responsible. New Mexico GOP spokesman Dominic Pacheco said Thursday a receptionist saw the demonstrators paint an "A" on a headquarters building sign before fleeing.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A coal mine in northwestern New Mexico is going diesel as it replaces electric locomotives that pull trains of coal to supply a power plant near Farmington. The Daily Times (https://goo.gl/uzwQ7M) reports that the rail line serving the Navajo Mine purchased two diesel locomotives from General Electric Co. to supply the Four Corners Power Plant at Fruitland.

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