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

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Officials in eastern New Mexico have broken ground on a project aimed at expanding and renovating a county jail that has had its share of problems. The Eastern New Mexico News reports that an increase in gross receipts taxes will help fund the project, which includes new housing and medical units, recreation yards, video visitation areas and other improvements.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - National weather and wildfire experts say the American Southwest is one of the regions hardest hit by drought as many areas have received just a fraction of their normal precipitation while temperatures have climbed. Climatologist Brian Fuchs with National Drought Mitigation Center painted a grim picture Wednesday as he used numerous maps to depict the dryness that has consumed the Four Corners region _ where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Two incoming leaders at New Mexico State University will earn more under contract terms adopted by regents. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Chancellor-designate Dan Arvizu will earn $500,000 per year in base pay. Incoming President John Floros will earn $450,000 annually.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The primary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will not be working by Memorial Day despite plans to have renovations done ahead of the holiday weekend. Park officials said Wednesday that completion of the work has been pushed back to June 15. The primary elevators have been out of service since November 2015.

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