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

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office says Santa Fe is within its right to decriminalize marijuana and it has no plans to challenge the city's new ordinance. Those comments come after Santa Fe city councilors voted 5-4 this week to decriminalize marijuana, making the city the first in New Mexico to make possession of small amounts of pot a civil infraction.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Renewable energy advocates say the state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. The Santa Fe-based group New Energy Economy in a filing accuses the utility of withholding from regulators key information about the plan's price tag. PNM says it stands behind the science used to craft its plan.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has appointed Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's former chief of staff to chair the city's new Native American Homelessness Task Force. Berry and Shelly agreed to create the task force following the brutal beating deaths in July of two homeless Navajo men in a vacant lot on Albuquerque's southwest side.

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old Lovington high school student has died after falling off a moving vehicle on campus. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the that the teen suffered injuries to her head Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas The student's name has not been released.

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