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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

New Mexico news at 8:30 p.m.

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CHURCH STABBING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, a man vaulted over pews and lashed out at the singers, sending several churchgoers to the hospital with stab wounds, authorities said. Worshippers screamed as the shocking and chaotic scene unfolded Sunday with the attacker continuing the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members for officers, who raced to the scene, police said. By Russell Contreras.

SUPCO-WATER

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court is allowing the state's top water manager to decide proposed water rights transfers to increase flows in the drought-stricken Pecos River. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday the state engineer's office can move ahead with an administrative hearing on a proposal to transfer water rights to allow more pumping of groundwater near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. The water will go by pipeline into a reservoir to boost river flows. By Barry Massey.

NAVAJO COAL

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation moved closer Monday to taking over a coal mine on the reservation. Tribal lawmakers voted to form a limited liability company that would run the Navajo Mine near Farmington, N.M. The tribe has said it would decide by July 1 whether to purchase the mine from Australian-based BHP Billiton for about $85 million. Navajo President Ben Shelly also must approve the creation of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC. By Felicia Fonseca.

SPACE TOURISM

MOJAVE, Calif. — A spaceship being develop by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic made its first powered flight Monday in a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year. While SpaceShipTwo did not break out of the atmosphere during the test flight, it marked a significant milestone for Virgin Galactic, which intends to take passengers on suborbital joyrides from New Mexico's Spaceport America. By Raquel Maria Dillon.

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—FATHER KILLED_A Farmington man who said he accidentally shot his 90-year-old father after he asked the son's wife for sex was to be sentenced Monday.

— AMBER ALERT-ROSWELL BOY — An Amber Alert issued Monday for a 6-year-old Roswell boy was who was reportedly abducted at gunpoint has been canceled because he's been found safe in Texas.

— FARMINGTON SHOOTING-ARRESTS — Authorities have arrested two brothers in the shooting death of another man at a Farmington mall over the weekend.

— UNIVERSITY CAMPUS — University of New Mexico President Bob Frank has change in mind for the Albuquerque-based school's extension campus in Rio Rancho.

— HIT BY BOULDER __ Authorities say a 56-year-old woman was seriously injured when struck on the head, apparently by a boulder while she was hiking in east Albuquerque.

— CARLSBAD CAVERNS-PIPELINE — Park officials say a pipeline that stretches more than a mile to provide Carlsbad Caverns National Park with drinking water needs to be replaced.

— MEXICAN FOLK HEALING — The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is slated to open an exhibit on the magical art of curanderismo, or the practice of traditional Mexican folk healing.

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