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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 New Mexico state lawmaker insists in video released by police that she hasn't consumed alcohol, but the officer who stops her says he can smell it. Police on Tuesday released lapel video of the arrest of Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque on aggravated drunken driving charge.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two U.S. senators say the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park represents the "cultural heart" of Native American tribes from around the Southwest and should be protected from encroaching oil and gas development. Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico announced legislation Tuesday to withdraw nearly 500 square miles of federal land from the mineral leasing rolls. The legislation wouldn't affect existing leases or state, private and tribal lands.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Carson National Forest officials have implemented harsher fire-prevention restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Stage II rules, which take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, prohibit forest visitors from lighting or attending campfires, limit smoking to enclosed vehicles or buildings, and ban the use of fireworks. The restrictions come as conditions throughout the region remain dry.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead in Albuquerque after a thunderstorm dropped rain and hail, flooding arroyos and sweeping away six people in New Mexico's most populous city. The Fire Department says a woman whose identity was not released apparently was the only person killed by the flash flooding Monday from a storm that ended Albuquerque's 54-day dry streak.

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