Briefs 05-29-14

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By Associated Press

Candidates to file
preprimary finance reports
SANTA FE (AP) — Candidates for governor and other state offices are facing a preprimary election deadline for disclosing their latest fundraising.
Campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday with the secretary of state’s office.
Candidates will disclose how much money they have raised and spent during the past three weeks. The reports will provide the last complete look at fundraising before the June 3 primary election.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez had cash-on-hand of about $4.2 million as of May 5.
Five Democrats are running for governor: Attorney General Gary King, state Sens. Linda Lopez and Howie Morales, Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber, and former government agency administrator Lawrence Rael.
Webber has been the leading Democratic fundraiser, and reported a cash balance of about $456,000 in his campaign account earlier this month.

Albuquerque police critics launch new website
ALBUQUERQUE — Critics of the Albuquerque Police Department have launched a new website aimed at organizing information about upcoming protests and monitoring officer behavior.
A coalition of activists recently unveiled apdprotest.org and are planning a June 21 rally outside of downtown.
David Correia, an organizer and an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico, says advocates wanted to have a centralize website to disseminate information and have a platform to discuss problems with Albuquerque police.
The Albuquerque Police Department has been under increased scrutiny since the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing review of its use of force. The agency also has been involved in 40 police shootings since 2010.
The city is negotiating with federal officials over police reform proposals.

Cause, impact of fire
at biofuels facility studied
ANTHONY — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire and explosions at a southern New Mexico biofuel facility where some railroad ties continue to smolder.
Officials say there were no injuries from the large fire and explosions Tuesday at the Rio Valley Biofuels facility near the town of Anthony.
Hundreds of homes were evacuated, but residents were allowed to return to their homes by early afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office says crews are letting the railroad ties burn and that the smoke being reported by some residents isn’t toxic.
Doña Ana County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says tanks that exploded contained toxic chemicals, including glycerin, hydrochloric acid, methanol, sodium methylate and bio-diesel.

Feds seize marijuana in floor tiles
ANTELOPE WELLS — Federal authorities say 156 pounds of marijuana found hidden in floor tiles has been seized at the southwestern New Mexico border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Antelope Wells international crossing made the seizure Tuesday.
They say the marijuana was discovered in sealed boxes of the tiles inside a shuttle van.
CBP officers discovered the boxes contained full sheets of tile on the top and bottom, but cut pieces in between.
They say the cut pieces created a void which was filled with bundles of marijuana.
The estimated street value of the drugs was nearly $125,000.