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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Republican governor of Arkansas is sending the state's economic development director on an additional trip to China amid concerns about deteriorating U.S.-China trade relations. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas has attracted a significant amount of foreign investment, and he wants to keep it on target. Hutchinson spoke Thursday while on the sidelines of the National Governors Association meeting in New Mexico where President Donald Trump's trade policies are dominating initial discussion.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new study has found an uptick in crime unfolded in the Albuquerque area over a recent six-year period as poverty, drug use and other social issues worsened in the state's largest metro area. The study released by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee on Thursday also found that as crime increased, the criminal justice system struggled to keep up with the rise in cases.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has voted in favor of recommendations to eliminate four sports as the school's troubled athletics department works to control its spending. The unanimous vote came Thursday after dozens of people _ from coaches and players to alumni and community members _ testified on behalf of preserving the men's soccer team and the skiing and beach volleyball programs. The decision elicited boos and heckles from the crowd.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico doctor has been sentenced after being convicted of sexually molesting a male patient. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports neurologist Robert Woody was sentenced Wednesday to 364 days in jail, the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor criminal sexual contact conviction. Woody's attorneys say they plan to pursue an appeal or another trial in the matter. Attorney Jim Darnell says he thinks there's a "good likelihood" for a "successful appeal or retrial in this case."

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