New Mexico Minute

New Mexico News Minute

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A drought map put together by federal forecasters shows New Mexico is in the worst shape of any state. Nearly 40 percent of New Mexico is grappling with exceptional drought. In just a week, that percentage jumped from nearly a quarter. A year ago, it was less than one-tenth. A National Weather Service forecaster says it's unlikely the spell will be broken any time soon.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Six more men have filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and are accusing a late priest of sexual abusing them as teenagers in the 1970s and '80s. The lawsuits recently filed in state District Court in Albuquerque brings the total to 10 men who accused the late Rev. Michael O'Brien of having sex with them when they served as his altar boys.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - One of two Kirtland brothers charged in a deadly mall parking lot shooting has been ordered to stand trial. The Daily Times reports prosecutors say 28-year-old Luis Ramirez was the getaway driver for his younger brother, the alleged triggerman. Johnny Vialpando was repeatedly shot April 27 while in a parked car with his family.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Tweets from Latino activists, writers and artists are being credited for pushing Disney into withdrawing a "Dia de los Muertos" trademark request. Advocates say anger and ridicule expressed on social media forced the company to retreat Tuesday as word of the move to copyright the holiday spread. Critics say Disney has no right to trademark cultural holidays.

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