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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The SunZia project's road to commercial operation is facing a new round of controversy, this time from community groups that fear the transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona will inflict irreparable environmental damage, fundamentally disrupting wildlife and the livelihood of residents. The Albuquerque Journal reports the $2 billion project looks to build two 1,500-megawatt high-voltage lines running from central New Mexico to Arizona to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police in Albuquerque say they've arrested an armed robbery suspect at a convenience store after he claimed to have explosive devices in two backpacks. Authorities blocked off a section of northeast Albuquerque and put Kaseman Hospital on lockdown as a precaution. Police responded to a call at the store about 9 p.m. Saturday. A police department explosives ordinance disposal team checked out the backpacks and took the suspect into custody

(AP) - Throughout Aretha Franklin's career, "The Queen of Soul" often returned to Washington _ the nation's capital _ for performances that at times put her in line with key moments in U.S. history. She sang for diplomats, welcomed emperors and brought one president _ Barack Obama _ to tears. Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit at 76.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a Silver City attorney to fill a state District Court vacancy in southwestern New Mexico. Martinez's office on Friday announced her appointment of William Perkins as a Sixth Judicial District judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Timothy Aldrich. The district includes Grant, Luna and Hildalgo counties.

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