News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say New Mexico had more suicides in 2018 than any other year in at least two decades. According to data provided by the state's Department of Health, 535 people died by suicide last year. That a rate of 24.8 per 100,000 residents and represents a 6.7% increase over New Mexico's 2017 suicide rate. Mental health experts told the Albuquerque Journal the 2018 numbers represent the state's highest suicide rate on record since New Mexico began consistently keeping track in 1999.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Donald Trump is steering his political offensive to a major oil-producing state on the border with Mexico where local Republican politicians have almost nothing left to lose. Democratic political contenders are taking aim at the president with bravado as they defend open Congressional and Senate seats in 2020. Trump's planned campaign stop in Rio Rancho on Monday is reminiscent of a May 2016 rally in Albuquerque that was marked by street violence.
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a Taos man gunned down when he went to feed his livestock and the man arrested in the early morning killing previously had disputes. The New Mexico State Police said Saturday that Gregg Steele was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence in the Aug. 27 killing of 63-year-old Patrick Larkin.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico authorities say a car driven by a woman attempting to leave a restaurant's parking lot crashed into the building, killing one patron inside and injuring two others. According to the State Police, "for reasons still under investigation," the car accelerated and drove forward into the restaurant in Ruidoso (REE-uh-DOH-soh) Friday night.
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