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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Activists say they want a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque canceled, especially after the city has been under scrutiny for police excess force. The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17.

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) - A federal court that ruled against a Ten Commandments monument in front of Bloomfield's City Hall has agreed to put its decision on hold until an appeals court hears the case. A U.S. District judge in Albuquerque ruled the monument violates the First Amendment by endorsing a religion. Two Bloomfield residents who said they are offended by the monument filed suit in 2012.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of pinon and juniper trees. A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres. Despite positive growth rates among pinon and juniper, researchers documented an increase in mortality and a decline in growth in trees overall. They pointed to pests, wildfires and disease.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - The Espanola Valley Humane Society and the northern New Mexico food bank are teaming up to make sure low income New Mexicans also have food for their pets. The humane society and The Food Depot said they will launch an 18-month pilot partnership to provide donated pet food. The Espanola Valley Humane Society says it will also use the program to expand the reach of its free spay and neutering program.

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