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Morning Roundup

News from around New Mexico:

  • Two recent suicides at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in the past month have reawakened a call for installing barriers at the bridge.
  • A Las Cruces father charged with threatening his daughter’s school bus driver with a knife says he was just standing up for his child after a year of what he called escalating harassment — and meant no violence to the female driver whatsoever.
  • The man dubbed the “Cinderella” escapee was back in a San Juan County court on Wednesday.
  • Bandelier National Monument, closed for the duration of the Las Conchas Fire, is back open to visitors and campfires are once again allowed at the Juniper Campground.
  • About 1,100 people so far have made appointments with state Motor Vehicle Division officials to verify that they are residents of New Mexico — about 11 percent of those targeted by the state for residency checks.
  • lauds the “soft touch” of Gov. Susana Martinez.
  • Health care providers and the state Department of Health are offering free immunizations for children in clinics across New Mexico starting this weekend.
  • Financial troubles in the Federal Aviation Administration have left their mark in Dona County as some $2.5 million in work at the city’s airport has stalled.
  • The U.S. Forest Service is investigating a small fire in the Bear Canyon in the Sandia Mountains that started when lightning struck a tree.
  • The new town clerk in Peralta is a former mayor of Nogales, Ariz.
  • Jury deliberations in the attempted murder trial of Robert Howard Bruce — a former Rio Rancho man who is a suspect in more than a dozen rapes in New Mexico and Texas — hit a snag in a Pueblo, Colo., courtroom Wednesday when a juror told the court she could no longer continue.
  • The New Mexico Lottery raised $41.3 million for college scholarships in the fiscal year that just ended.
  • Area law enforcement officers are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday.