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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The researchers charged up the Z machine, and in a blink of an eye its fist-size target plate was moving faster than 30 kilometers per second before exploding into a sample of bridgmanite — an elusive material found in the center of the Earth.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature is wrapping up its business for the year Friday. Lawmakers have already tackled a number of issues this year during a session that was conducted partially remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Students at Brigham Young University wore rainbow colors this week in support of the LGBTQ campus community, a year after the school said what it characterized as “same-sex romantic behavior” was prohibited and would lead to discipline under school code.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republicans on Thursday voted to put a constitutional amendment on the next primary election ballot that would make it more difficult to pass ballot initiatives to raise taxes or spend public funds.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman who bragged on social media videos that she was among those who breached the U.S. Capitol as insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election in January has been arrested.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top insurance regulator is putting medical providers on notice that people cannot be charged for coronavirus testing after reports that residents have been required to pay for coronavirus rapid-result tests.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Proceeds from nearly a year of civil asset forfeitures in North Dakota totaled more than $500,000 -- a first look at forfeited property in the state under a 2019 law that might see more reporting elements added by this year’s Legislature.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Legislation seeking to regulate Utah's troubled teen industry has gained final approval in the House and is headed to the governor for consideration, weeks after Paris Hilton gave emotional testimony in support of the bill.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a woman in front of her child on the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lenita Goes Ahead, authorities said.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House on Wednesday left the impeachment of the state's attorney general in doubt as lawmakers moved to delay evaluating whether he should be impeached until the conclusion of the criminal case against him for hitting and killing a man with his car.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Rep. Luke Simons, who has been asked to resign by Republican leadership following reports he threatened and sexually harassed women at the state Capitol, says the allegations are inaccurate and have been “totally misconstrued and taken out of context.”

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Accusations of civil rights violations have been filed against the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education on behalf of students who cannot return to in-person learning, in a notice that is a necessary precursor to litigation.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday touted her administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying expansive lockdowns were necessary to keep COVID-19 at bay and that the state stepped up to provide direct economic relief for businesses and un…

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THOMPSON FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana woman was sentenced Tuesday to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had an ongoing custody dispute over their daughter.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Top South Dakota lawmakers announced a proposal on Tuesday to delay evaluating whether the state's attorney general should be impeached until the conclusion of the criminal case against him for hitting and killing a man with his car.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday paved the way for primary election voters to speed into law before the next general election a constitutional amendment requiring a higher voter threshold for future ballot initiatives that pass taxes or spending programs.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hunters and trappers who kill wolves in Montana could be reimbursed for their expenses by private groups under a proposal advanced by state lawmakers Monday that critics said is akin to the bounties that nearly exterminated the predators last century.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State employees could be fired or fined up to $5,000 for identifying people who receive public benefits or for releasing information about an individual's immigration status, national origin, religion or sexual orientation, under a bill endorsed Monday by New Mexico's Senate.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Monday he will run again for his old job in 2022, as the current attorney general faces calls for his resignation and impeachment over a fatal car crash.

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For 35 years, Dee Dee Hawk was solving unusual mysteries, like whether a captured grizzly bear was guilty of attacking a human. Sometimes using only scraps of evidence, she helped put bad guys behind bars and unraveled wildlife-related whodunits when there were no witnesses.

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BLUFF, Utah (AP) — Georgiana Simpson is an art teacher at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek, Utah, a small community on the Navajo Nation. But since March, She’s been working from her home 20 minutes away in Bluff.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bison presence outside of Yellowstone National Park remained low during the last weeks of Montana’s bison hunting season, but the herd’s annual migration and hunter activity recently picked up.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Louise Delfino was tough as nails. She worked as a legal secretary at the same law firm for more than six decades until she was forced into retirement at 84 when she broke her leg at the office. She was my mother’s mom.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Members of the South Dakota House and Senate took turns deflating marijuana supporters on Thursday, one body approving a plan to delay implementation of medical cannabis and the other killing a bill that would have decriminalized the drug.

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