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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

JAL, N.M. (AP) - High school teams from around New Mexico took part in an event this week in which they launched rockets into the sky near the town of Jal, including one that reached 2,400 feet into the air before descending. The Current Argus reports participants in Discovery Education System's Go New Mexico rocket launching event included schools from Carlsbad, Loving, Hobbs, Lovington, Jal and Lake Arthur.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The spring snowstorm that socked New Mexico has shut down highways and state museums. The National Weather Service on Saturday said road conditions in north and central New Mexico could be treacherous as a significant amount of snow and blowing snow has hit along Interstate 25 and Interstate 40.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A roadway analysis shows five bridge crossing are among the most congested Albuquerque roads. The Albuquerque Journal reports the latest Corridor Rankings from the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization puts five crossing from U.S. 550 in Sandoval County to Bridge Boulevard in Albuquerque on top. Experts say improved traffic signal timing, better mass transportation options and road conditions phone apps may relieve some of the congestion.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A gemstone mine that was once billed as a big potential job creator in a rural area of New Mexico has yet to get off the ground despite projections that it was supposed to be open by 2016. The proposed Orogrande garnet mine was expected to bring $160 million in economic development to Otero County and Alamogordo. Businessman Daniel Burrell told the Santa Fe New Mexican Friday that the project was simply halted, and not abandoned as the Alamogordo mayor had thought.

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