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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say a man has been found dead near Interstate 25 in northeast Albuquerque and that area has been shut down as officers investigate the homicide case. The man's name and age weren't immediately released and police didn't say how he died although there were shots reported in the area about 8 a.m. Sunday. Police say Menaul Boulevard between Broadbent and I-25 is expected to be closed down until sometime Sunday evening.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - US Rep. Steve Pearce reportedly has missed more roll call votes in the House than any other member of New Mexico's congressional delegation so far this year as he campaigns for governor. According to the nonpartisan project GovTrack, Pearce has missed 41 votes after missing only seven votes in 2017. The Santa Fe New Mexican checked those numbers against the congressional record. The newspaper says only four other members of the U.S. House have missed that many votes this year

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists are seeking to keep an idle uranium mine in western New Mexico from becoming active again. The Gallup Independent reports that the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and Amigos Bravos contend a recent decision to activate the Mount Taylor mine will allow it to avoid cleanup. They're asking the New Mexico Mining Commission to review the decision.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe chef is a finalist for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Martin Rios is a finalist for Best Chef of the Southwest, and he is the only New Mexico chef up for the award. The owner of Restaurant Martin on Galisteo Street, he's been up for a James Beard award multiple times.

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