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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a 19-year-old woman fatally shot by Albuquerque police in 2014 has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the city and a former officer involved. The lawyer for Mary Hawkes' family told the Albuquerque Journal the case has been settled although documents haven't yet been finalized or filed with the court. The settlement comes months after a judge granted the family's request seeking sanctions against the city for failing to preserve vital evidence surrounding the shooting.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials with New Mexico's largest electric utility have yet to say whether they will support the latest version of a proposed rate increase that has been approved by state regulators. A divided Public Regulation Commission approved the measure on a 3-2 vote during a meeting Wednesday. Public Service Co. of New Mexico and other parties that have been involved in negotiations over the last year must sign off on the proposal.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque's mayor has given police two months to develop a plan to clear the city's backlog of untested evidence kits from sexual assault investigations in the city's crime lab. About 4,000 evidence kits in the city's crime lab remain untested despite state audits detailing the scope of the problem.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is threatening to veto any bill that focuses on pay raises for politicians. Lawmakers on the state's lead budget writing committee are recommending a post-election salary increase of 10 percent for top officials including the governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Martinez spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell said in an email Wednesday that the outgoing governor wants to focus state spending on classroom spending, employment programs and public safety.

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