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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers. Oral arguments in the Rio Grande case are scheduled Jan. 8.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a woman killed by a Silver City police captain during a domestic rampage is suing the town and its police department for failing to stop him from stalking. The lawsuit alleges that the department hired Mark Contreras despite his history of violence. Authorities say Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor. Lujan Grisham says Padilla, who has long denied the claims in lawsuits from 2007, was wrong and "there is no room for excuses."

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former agent with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has pleaded guilty to extortion charges. Federal prosecutors announced Larry Mendoza's plea on Friday. He was accused of taking money from business owners in exchange for reducing their tax liabilities.

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