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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Three people accused of child abuse at a desert compound remained jailed as New Mexico authorities tried to satisfy conditions of release set by a judge. Among other things, authorities must find safe living arrangements for the defendants. An official said the conditions had not been met and he did not elaborate. A defense lawyer said the release was delayed by safety concerns.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State prosecutors say a former office manager at an Albuquerque rehabilitation center has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from elderly patients who suffered from dementia. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says Leanne Bennett could face up to three years in prison when she's sentenced on Oct. 18 and be required to pay more than $44,000 in restitution to the victims. Prosecutors say Bennett worked at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's top land boss has rejected a proposal from the federal government to settle a dispute over land along the U.S.-Mexico. Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn contends the government never received authorization to access state trust land that borders the international boundary and hasn't compensated the state for using the property. Dunn said Wednesday a government appraisal amounts to only a fraction of what the state should receive in easement fees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - University of New Mexico leaders are warning that enrollment could be significantly lower than initially projected. The Albuquerque Journal reports the university already predicted a 2.5 percent drop, but Terry Babbitt, the school's vice provost for enrollment management and analytics, said Tuesday the drop is "going to be quite a bit bigger." Babbitt says he had no numbers yet, as classes don't begin until Monday and fluctuations occur during the first few weeks of the semester.

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