BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest Update, NM

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

New Mexico news and sports at 8:20 p.m.

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UPDATES:

—BC-BKC--New Mexico-Neal

—BC-NM--Concealed Carry-Immigrants

—BC-NE--Concealed Carry Lawsuit

—BC-NM--Church Abuse Lawsuit

—BC-NM--Navajo Fashion Wrangle

TOP STORIES:

SPACEPORT-LIABILITY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday signed into law liability-waiving legislation aimed at saving the state's nearly quarter-billion-dollar investment in a futuristic spaceport and retaining its anchor tenant, British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The new law exempts spacecraft parts suppliers from liability lawsuits by passengers. By Jeri Clausing.

MARTINEZ-HORSE RACING

SANTA FE, N.M. —New Mexico racing regulators will be able to test more horses for illegal drugs and can impose tougher sanctions for violations under legislation Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Tuesday. One new law provides the State Racing Commission with an earmarked source of money — about $700,000 a year — for testing race horses. By Barry Massey.

CONCEALED CARRY LAWSUIT

OMAHA, Neb. — Two gun-rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to force Nebraska to change a state law that bars legal resident immigrants who are not U.S. citizens from obtaining permits to carry concealed weapons. The move comes just days after the Second Amendment Foundation was successful in getting a permanent injunction in New Mexico against part of that state's concealed carry law. By Margery A. Beck.

With BC-NM--Concealed Carry-Immigrants.

CHURCH ABUSE LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was sued Tuesday over sex abuse allegations stemming from the 1980s at a parish in northern New Mexico. The lawsuit was filed in state district court on behalf of a 37-year-old man identified only as "John Doe." It seeks unspecified damages from the archdiocese and St. Anthony parish in Questa.

ALSO:

— TOILET EXPLOSION-ARREST — State police officers have arrested a man suspected of using an explosive device to blow up a portable toilet at Conchas State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

— NAVAJO FASHION WRANGLE — A federal judge has ruled that the Navajo Nation can move forward with its claims against Urban Outfitters but tossed out a couple of the tribe's legal theories.

— RAILROAD INCENTIVE — A newly enacted law in New Mexico will provide a tax break to lower the cost of locomotive fuel for the BNSF Railway Co.

— SOLAR PROJECT — Public Service Co. of New Mexico has begun construction of a solar project projected to supply enough electricity to power nearly 2,500 homes.

— COLLEGE REGENTS — The lack of confirmation votes by the state Senate during the Legislature's 2013 session means two appointees of Gov. Susana Martinez won't be seated on the board of regents of Northern New Mexico College.

— DOGS SEIZED — Authorities are removing dozens of dogs from the Edgewood home of former Rio Rancho vet Debra Clopton.

— JUDICIAL VACANCY — A judge serving Curry and Roosevelt counties is retiring, creating a vacancy in the 9th Judicial District Court.

— PECOS WATER — Department of Agriculture officials will be in Pecos Tuesday to present funding for an upgrade to the village's aging drinking water system.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--NEW MEXICO-NEAL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico didn't have to look far to find its next head coach. Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team's top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford. Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: "Noodles," a reference to Neal's nickname. By Susan Montoya Bryan.

BKC--UCLA-ALFORD

LOS ANGELES — UCLA introduces new basketball coach Steve Alford, who ditched out on New Mexico to assume a job that has carried sky-high expectations for national titles ever since John Wooden retired 38 years ago. Noon.

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