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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is praising efforts by lawmakers to balance the state budget for the coming fiscal year, though she intends to veto outright tax increases. In a written statement Thursday, the governor praised a bill that uses infrastructure funding to shore up state finances and would narrowly balance the budget for the coming fiscal year. She has until Tuesday to consider budget remedies and reinstate vetoed funding to universities and the Legislature.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The FBI has raided the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department as part of an ongoing federal grand jury investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office says agents executed a federal search warrant, but declined to provide any details about the investigation. A department spokesman says the warrant involves a classified employee who has worked for the department since 2006.

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico RVs owners prepping for the Memorial Day weekend say unexpected high waters levels at a lake have dampened their plans. Elephant Butte Park officials tell local media that the lake in southern New Mexico is currently 14 feet higher than this time last year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has denied a convicted killer's attempt to get out of prison by trying to withdraw his guilty plea in the murders of five people in New Mexico between 2005 and 2008. Clifton Bloomfield pleaded guilty in 2008 and was sentenced to 195 years in prison. Late last year, Bloomfield filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his plea. The Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division argued in December that Bloomfield's petition should be dismissed.

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