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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the state's most famous bridge that has appeared in movies and sits 650 feet above the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico, has been the site of more than 125 suicides in 20 years and state lawmakers want something done about it. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update after afternoon legislative hearing, then longer version. Photos.


HOBBS, N.M. — Activists advocating for religious freedom are targeting a Ten Commandments monument in a southeastern New Mexico public building and a city's sponsorship of a Martin Luther King, Jr. event with gospel singers over concerns about the separation of church and state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version by noon MST. Photos.


PHOENIX — A coalition of groups is rallying at the Arizona Capitol to build support for extending the life of a coal-fired power plant near the Arizona-Utah border. By Anita Snow and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 510 words. UPCOMING: Update from news conference, photos.


DENVER — From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails. But more than 99 percent of that land is in 12 Western states, hundreds of miles from the nation's capital. Some Western politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — are asking why the bureau's headquarters isn't in the West as well. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 960 words, photos. With Glance.


WASHINGTON —The Trump administration's proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, criticized by some as overkill, is meant to provide new negotiating leverage to U.S. diplomats trying to persuade Russia to end violations of a key arms control treaty, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. By Robert Burns. SENT: 990 words, photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX's big new rocket is ready to blast off on its first test flight, but high wind will keep it on the launch pad just a little longer. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Launch window began at 1:30 p.m. EST.


— RECKLESS DRIVING-DEATH: A 24-year-old Albuquerque man convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl after police said he crashed into her family car during a race on Interstate 25 is set to be sentenced.

— PRIMARY CANDIDATES-NEW MEXICO: The deadline has arrived for major party candidates in New Mexico to turn in nominating petitions in order to run for statewide or federal office.

— UNIVERSITY REGENTS: New Mexico state lawmakers won't move forward with a proposal to overhaul the selection process for regents who oversee the state's public universities and flagship medical center.

— US MARSHAL-RESGINATION: U.S. Marshal for New Mexico Conrad Candelaria resigned after nearly eight years in the position.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Purdue-Michigan State and Duke-North Carolina games offer a couple of big matchups to the schedule for teams in the AP Top 25. The schedule also includes matchups between ranked Tennessee and Kentucky teams, as well as St. Mary's against Gonzaga. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 650 words and photos.


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