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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. MST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is issuing an order for investigators to clear the backlog of untested rape kits in the city's crime lab. He plans to unveil details of the plan at a press conference Tuesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A post-election salary hike of 10 percent is being contemplated for New Mexico's governor, attorney general, secretary of state and several other statewide elected officials. The Legislature's lead budget writing committee this week endorsed the proposal to increase pay for seven statewide elected officials and members of the Public Regulation Commission come Jan. 1, 2019. Outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez earns $110,000.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops is highlighting its legislative priorities at a breakfast with state lawmakers. GOP New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday renewed calls to reinstate the death penalty. The measure has been staunchly opposed by Roman Catholic leaders including Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf as wildlife managers prepare for an annual survey of the endangered species along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Officials with the wolf recovery effort announced Tuesday that a female wolf was found dead in December in Arizona. They declined to release more information, saying the case is still under investigation.

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