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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

New Mexico news at 1 p.m.

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AP NEWSBREAK: SPACEPORT RENT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Virgin Galactic has agreed to paying the state of New Mexico rent on the nearly quarter-billion dollar spaceport it built for Richard Branson's space tourism business, but it says it is doing so under protest and without waiving its right to walk away from the project, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. By Jeri Clausing.

GUN CONTROL

SANTA FE — A House committee considers a proposal that will require criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers, including at gun shows. By Barry Massey.

LEGISLATURE-JOBS

SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers say they want to lift a cap on film production tax subsidies to help create jobs in New Mexico. However, the proposal faces opposition from GOP Gov. Susana Martinez. By Barry Massey.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status. By Erica Werner.

HEALTH OVERHAUL PRIMER-MEDICAID

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go beyond their budgets, directly affecting the well-being of residents and the finances of critical hospitals. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

With:

— HEALTH OVERHAUL PRIMER-EXCHANGES

— EXCHANGES-Q&A-NEW MEXICO.

ALSO:

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING — Legislation supported by Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry would toughen New Mexico's laws against human trafficking.

— LABS-COMPUTER FRAUD — Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico

— ALBUQUERQUE POLICE — Two members of the Albuquerque City Council say they want the city to consider changing how it oversees the Police Department.

— DOG FATALITY — The Albuquerque Fire Department says a family dog died after the owners of a home returned home and found it full of smoke.

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