LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man has been convicted of second-degree murder in a 2016 stabbing death in Las Cruces. Prosecutors say a jury found 37-year-old Rudolfo Martinez guilty of killing 46-year-old Christopher Wray. They say Martinez faces up to 19 years in prison when he's sentenced at a later date. Martinez, of Roswell, testified he was in Las Cruces to work on a roofing job in July 2016 and had never met Wray. Martinez says he asked Wray if he knew where to buy drugs and a verbal altercation turned physical.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico youth soccer league is investigating a teen soccer game where racial tensions erupted into a chaotic brawl in which a parent is alleged to have physically assaulted one of the female players. The Duke City Soccer League confirmed Tuesday it's looking into reports that a man choked and groped a 15-year-old player during a match Saturday at a suburban soccer complex.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators have approved a plan to build two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a $1.6 billion project that Xcel Energy says will add 1,230 megawatts of wind energy to the regional generating mix. The utility is still awaiting approval from Texas regulators.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - University of New Mexico's budget proposal recommends raising tuition next year to cover costs for campus safety measures and employee raises. The Albuquerque Journal reports the budget proposal includes a 2.5 percent tuition increase and a 2.39 percent increase in student fees. Officials say it would give many employees their first raise in four years.
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