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Monday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Feb 17, 2017
INTRO:
At the State Capitol, supporters of a proposed Constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve a one-percent draw from the New Mexico Land Grant Permanent Fund and direct the funds towards early-education programs are pointing to a new study they say makes the case for legislative approval. Tom Trowbridge reports.

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Mexican cartels responsible for cheap, effective meth in NM

Royale Da, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 17, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mexican cartels control almost every aspect of the dangerous drug and are getting plenty of New Mexicans addicted. Action 7 News Anchor Royale Da gives you an in-depth look at this Albuquerque Journal report.

Thousands join Rep. Pearce’s telephone town hall

Associated Press
Roswell, Feb 17, 2017
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Nearly 10,000 callers participated in U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s telephone town hall, which his office said was an alternative way for the Republican congressman to meet with his constituents who are spread throughout New Mexico’s rural 2nd District.

Feds Propose Wolf Releases In SW New Mexico

KRWG News and Partners
Las Cruces, Feb 17, 2017
Federal officials want to release two packs of Mexican gray wolves in wilderness areas near the Arizona-New Mexico border this year in an effort to bolster a struggling population threatened by inbreeding.

When A Politician Says `Fake News` And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

BENTE BIRKELAND, KANW
Albuquerque, Feb 17, 2017
A news outlet publishes a story that a Republican politician dismisses as "fake news." Sounds familiar, right? But in this case, there`s a twist. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado is accusing state Sen. Ray Scott of defamation and threatening to sue. If filed, legal experts said it would be the first suit of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.

New Mexico has dams similar to Oroville

Matt Howerton, KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Feb 17, 2017
Many are between 35 to 75 years old
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Water authorities with the State of California sidestepped catastrophe this week after spillways for Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest, nearly failed.

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