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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A suspect in a double homicide in New Mexico who was later shot and critically wounded by officers in Colorado has been identified as 31-year-old Dustin Brian Montano. Authorities say Montano is hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot Thursday morning outside a Walmart in Fort Morgan, a small city on Colorado's Eastern Plains about 500 miles (805 kilometers) north of Albuquerque.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca says he wants New Mexico lawmakers to become paid politicians to help eliminate financial conflicts of interest between their legislative duties and outside careers. Apodaca said Thursday that he supports reforms to provide state legislators with a full-time salary and lengthen legislative sessions that currently last 60 days or less. Limited safeguards against self-enrichment in the nation's only unsalaried legislature have been under scrutiny.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says it will review a drunken-driving case involving state Rep. Monica Youngblood to see whether the 41-year-old Albuquerque Republican inappropriately tried to use her legislative position to influence police. Youngblood was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of aggravated DWI at an Albuquerque checkpoint where she complied with a field sobriety test but refused a blood-alcohol test.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmental groups are accusing US regulators of violating clean water rules by repeatedly delaying action on a discharge permit for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity for customers in three western states. The groups contend in a court papers filed Wednesday in federal court that without a new permit, the communities surrounding the Four Corners Power Plant in northwestern New Mexico remain exposed to heavy metals and other pollutants.

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