The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants.

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be distributed over the next five years to Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos pueblos, as well as the Ramah Navajo School Board, First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, the Five Sandoval Pueblos and Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council.

'Better Call Saul' Locations Now Park Of 'Breaking Bad' Tours

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A company that gives tours around Albuquerque of sites from AMC-TV's "Breaking Bad" is now including spots from spinoff "Better Call Saul."

Breaking Bad RV Tours recently announced it was including "Better Call Saul" locations on its regular three-hour, $75 tours. More than 20 sites are part of the tours showing locations from both AMC-TV shows that were filmed around Albuquerque.

The company is one of many giving similar Albuquerque tours thanks to the popularity of both shows.

Albuquerque Indian School Transfer Bill Heads To President Obama

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Legislation that would place property adjacent to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in trust for 19 New Mexico pueblos has cleared its final congressional hurdle.

The bill was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The four tracts of land covered by the bill used to encompass the former Albuquerque Indian School.

Judge To Consider Request To Push Back Hearing On Duran Case

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It will be up to a state district judge to decide if embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran's legal team will get more time to mount a defense.

Judge T. Glenn Ellington will consider a motion filed by Duran's attorney during a hearing Thursday morning in Santa Fe.

Defense attorney Erlinda Johnson made the request last month, saying she needed time to review information provided by the attorney general's office that include more than 3,000 pages of documents and hours of audio interviews.

Ruling: State Can't Take Action Against Tribe's Casino Vendors

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State gaming officials are being prevented from taking any action against the businesses that contract with a northern New Mexico tribe.

A federal judge Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction for the Pojoaque Pueblo, which operates two casinos north of Santa Fe.

The tribe complained to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office last month, accusing the state Gaming Control Board of illegally holding a July 15 closed-door meeting on their gaming activities.

Mistrial Declared After Day Two Of Las Cruces Child Abuse Case

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A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Las Cruces man accused in the 2012 death of a 21-month-old boy.

Prosecutors say one juror failed to appear for the second day of the trial Wednesday and two others were excused.

Defense lawyers exercised the defendant's right to have 12 jurors present and the court had to declare a mistrial.

Prosecutors say they still want to try Dustin Castillo in the case. He's facing two counts of child abuse resulting in death.

UPDATE: Package At NMSU "Rendered Safe," Streets Reopen

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UPDATE from NMSU Police: The device has been rendered safe, and streets near the Center for the Arts have reopened.  Explosive detection canine teams are conducting safety sweeps of nearby buildings. Once those sweeps are complete, more information will be provided.

People head to La Fiesta Bakery looking for a donut or an empanada… But now that pastry comes with a side of politics.

“What I’m asking people,” Ortega said. “The reason I’m obviously running is because I believe the city needs a change. What we need to do is make sure everyone gets out there and votes, that’s the only way for change to happen.”

Gina Montoya Ortega owns La Fiesta Bakery with her husband Ray, and now she is taking a stab at public office, running for Mayor of Las Cruces.

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In economically depressed New Mexico, job creation is a top priority for voters and politicians alike. To address the issue, the Martinez administration has increasingly used incentive programs. But studies from Ohio State University, Washington University and other institutions show incentives have little to no effect on long term job creation and are routinely given to companies that would have expanded in the area anyway.