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Past articles by Lauren:

Hospitals give cooperation a try

Competition between Presbyterian, UNMH was leaving kids in the lurch → Read More

Foreign teachers pay to fill empty NM jobs

Agencies say opportunity is worth the thousands they charge to recruits → Read More

Immigration lawyer faces death threat over work

Santa Fe attorney forced from home while FBI conducts investigation into 'credible' voicemail message → Read More

For NM’s undocumented immigrants, a cloud of fear

Even the threat of family deportation can harm children, research shows → Read More

Program fights child abuse by providing a stable home

Disputes over mission, methods cloud future of promising intervention → Read More

State, federal agencies sometimes compete for 4-year-olds

Head Start, state pre-K programs frequently in conflict → Read More

Two nations, one aquifer: Border wall can't keep groundwater from draining away

No agreement governs shrinking basin that feeds growth in both NM and Mexico → Read More

Breaking: State to retry Tai Chan for third time on murder charges

LAS CRUCES -- State prosecutors intend to retry ex-Santa Fe sheriff's deputy Tai Chan on murder charges for the third time after two previous efforts ended in mistrial. A spokesman for the 3rd Judicial District… → Read More

New: Jury begins deliberations in Tai Chan murder case

LAS CRUCES -- One deputy is dead. The future of the former deputy accused of killing him is now in the hands of a jury. Attorneys in the first-degree murder… → Read More

Doña Ana Community College to close branch campus

LAS CRUCES — Doña Ana Community College on Monday said it plans to close a satellite campus in Hatch next month due to stagnant enrollment and budget constraints. "The recession… → Read More

Jurors tour shooting scene in Chan retrial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Defense contends former deputy was defending self → Read More

Openings in former deputy’s murder case

LAS CRUCES -- Attorneys in the first-degree murder case against former Santa Fe sheriff's depu ... → Read More

Captive bred wolf pups placed in wild den

SILVER CITY — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has successfully placed two captive-b ... → Read More

US customs busts mini-van cocaine load at NM port

SANTA TERESA -- U.S. customs officers seized 11 pounds of cocaine stashed in the bumper of a mini-van this week during a stop at New Mexico's busiest port of entry.… → Read More

'Land that time forgot'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In NM's wild, untamed Bootheel, the array of animal and plant life is threatened by the proposed wall → Read More

Breaking: Court lifts injunction on Mexican wolf releases in NM

The federal government is again free to release endangered Mexican gray wolves into the wild in New Mexico, after a U.S. appeals court Tuesday vacated a lower court's injunction sought by the… → Read More

‘Sanctuary’ policies lead to threat from DOJ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No New Mexico cities receive letters about cooperation with feds → Read More

Updated: Attorney General, Homeland Security chief vow to strengthen border enforcement

EL PASO — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the borderlands a "beachhead against the cartels" and suggested he may seek more resources for federal courts in border jurisdictions like… → Read More

Udall listens to trade worries on NM's border

FOR THE RECORD: The decrease in the amount of exports to Mexico from New Mexico has been corrected in this story. SANTA TERESA — While machinery roars and rows of… → Read More

Otero County commission to vote on borehole project

The Otero County Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a resolution opposing a Department of Energy plan to drill a deep borehole in the county as part of a research project to find new… → Read More