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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. MDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State governors are looking for ways to court foreign investment and commerce in the shadows of President Trump's aggressive use of tariffs in trade disputes with countries including China and U.S. neighbors. Discussions about economic ties with China were scheduled for Thursday as more than 20 state governors gather in New Mexico's state capital for a National Governors Association meeting.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A member of a state education panel that oversees New Mexico's charter schools is abstaining from standing or saying the Pledge of Allegiance. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Commissioner Carmie Lynn Toulouse declined to participate in the reciting of the pledge during a meeting Wednesday. Toulouse says she doesn't believe everyone in the U.S. is getting "liberty and justice" due to the federal government's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Key New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to listen to early childhood education experts as advocates push to expand pre-Kindergarten classes through the state. Lawmakers who help to set spending priorities for New Mexico will team up with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at a special legislative hearing on Thursday. State lawmakers are seeking ways to boost early childhood education programs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Top officials at New Mexico's flagship university are recommending that the men's soccer team and the skiing and beach volleyball programs be eliminated to help the troubled athletics department get its finances under control. University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Eddie Nunez announced the recommendations late Wednesday. They will present them to the Board of Regents at a special meeting Thursday.

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