ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to murder and sexual assault in the death of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is set to be sentenced. Tom Begaye is scheduled Friday to receive life in prison for the May 2016 killing that prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to tribal communities across the U.S.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation want to ensure a federal oversight panel has the resources it needs to continue monitoring operations at national laboratories and other nuclear sites around the country. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is chartered by Congress, but questions about the panel's future were raised this week after the Center for Public Integrity published a letter by the board's chairman that suggested downsizing or abolishing the panel.
PHOENIX (AP) - A scathing new report released this week by the U.S. Department of Interior casts a critical light on the Bureau of Indian Affairs response to sexual harassment complaints by Colorado River Indian Tribes workers and members involving a bureau employee. The department's Office of Inspector General report states BIA officials took insufficient action after an unidentified employee sent Tribes workers and members sexually explicit text and Facebook messages.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members are being made public in response to an order from a New Mexico judge. Officials with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a statement that they hope the disclosure by the court along with the recent publication of a list of clergy accused of sexual misconduct will serve as an additional step in healing for survivors, their families and parishioners.
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