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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) - A top U.S. Justice Department official says it's doubling the amount of federal funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. The announcement comes amid increased focus on the deaths and disappearances of Native American women and girls in the United States.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The suspected ringleader of reported hazing on a southeastern New Mexico high school boys' soccer team faced criminal charges in a sexual misconduct case but the charges were dismissed because witnesses refused to cooperate. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Hobbs High School player was charged with tampering with evidence and bribery or intimidation of a witness, both third-degree felonies in connection with an alleged sexual assault caught on video.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The national Democratic and Republican parties are jumping into a bellwether congressional race in southern New Mexico that may determine which party controls the U.S. House. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee each have purchased attack ads this week in a closely watched race between Democrat Xochitl Torres Small and Republican Yvette Herrell.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico wildlife officials are hoping to relocate 40 to 60 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains _ an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced this week the agency would expand the desert bighorn's range and numerically increase its statewide population.

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