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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across the Milky Way's center to a star-forming area near the edge of the other side of the galaxy. The Albuquerque Journal reports astronomers say they hope to measure additional points around the galaxy to produce a map _ the first of its kind _ over the next decade.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead after a vehicle crashed into construction equipment in Albuquerque on Interstate 40 and the driver may be facing charges. Albuquerque police say officers responded to the crash on eastbound I-40 at Rio Grande around 2 a.m. Sunday after a vehicle drove through construction barricades and ran into a backhoe. They say the passenger died on scene while the driver was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say alcohol appears to be a factor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Slot machine revenue at New Mexico horse-racing tracks has declined to its lowest point since the opening of the state's newest track in 2005, but no one is certain what's driving the drop. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state economists expect the revenue from slots at tracks to continuing dropping over the next five years.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls are competing in the World Gay Rodeo Finals this weekend after riding bulls, roping calves and dressing goats in Las Vegas. More than 70 people from across the U.S. participated in Sin City's gay rodeo last month. Now, the International Gay Rodeo Association circuit is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the finals. Men and women can participate in all events, regardless of their sexual orientation.

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