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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

New Mexico news at 1:00 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

FILM RESURGENCE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M._A flurry of new productions and a boost in rebates for television and movie projects is raising hopes the New Mexico film industry is putting its bumpy times behind and regaining its standing as go-to production center. By Jeri Clausing.

UNMH EXPANSION

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico Hospital is backing off a long-planned $146 million expansion for now. The proposed 96-bed hospital was meant to help with overcrowding at the state's only level 1 trauma center, but has been delayed by the New Mexico Board of Finance.

STATES IMMIGRATION BILLS

SALEM, Ore. — As Congress debates the first national immigration overhaul in decades, a state-level push advancing rights for people in the U.S. illegally has picked up momentum across the country. Among the patchwork changes to state law taking effect from Maryland to Oregon are provisions that lower tuition rates, advance employment opportunities and repeal hard-line regulations approved within the last decade.

ALSO:

—CHILD ABUSE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she's forming a group to recommend improvements in New Mexico's child abuse laws.

—CHURCH STABBING — Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan has blessed an Albuquerque church just days after a man stabbed three churchgoers in a bizarre attack.

—KIRTLAND-SPACE PROGRAM — New Mexico's U.S. senators are promising to fight the Pentagon's plans to close a Kirtland Air Force Base space program to deal with the federal budget squeeze.

—SUSPECTED SQUATTER STORY — A Santa Fe homeowner says he's outraged that a magistrate has dismissed charges against a man police say admitted to squatting.

—PRC-RENEWABLE ENERGY — New Mexico regulators are starting anew on a controversial rule to cap the cost of renewable energy to public utilities and their customers.

—UNITED EXPRESS-SERVICE — Weather caused minor hiccups for the opening day of United Express' service from Santa Fe to Denver.

—FATAL PARTY SHOOTING — The wife of a man who was shot and killed at a foreign-exchange student party in Albuquerque has been re-indicted for murder.

—SANDIA-FIRE — A small wildfire burned in the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque.

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