• APNewsBreak: Immigrant licenses jump before law change

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of immigrants seeking driver’s licenses in New Mexico surged during the first three months of the year as lawmakers debated changes to a long-contested policy that allowed for those living in the country illegally to obtain licenses, according to a review by The Associated Press.

  • Riot police block off the Albuquerque Convention Center to anti-Trump protests following a rally and speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the convention center where the event was held, in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Albuquerque police searching for some anti-Trump protesters

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials said Thursday around 30 people out of 1,000 protesters were responsible for the violence this week at a Donald Trump event.

  • Anti-Trump protesters block the streets following a rally and speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Albuquerque Convention Center where the event was held, in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.

  • In this Jan. 5, 2016, photo, an employee at Santa Teresa Southern Railroad works on trains in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa along the U.S.-Mexico border. The nonprofit group that operates Santa Teresa is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live. Officials are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    Planners seek to transform border town into destination

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.

  • This Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo shows the newly refurbished Shuler Theater in downtown Raton, N.M. The theater is one of many theaters in rural New Mexico towns being revitalized thanks to a state initiative. A New Mexico economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks to save the often-forgotten theaters in small cities and towns with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    New Mexico joining effort to rehabilitate historic theaters

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — For years, the Shuler Theater in this once-booming New Mexico mining town sat empty in a desolate downtown. It had long passed its heyday as a hot spot for Italian immigrants and Hispanic workers who visited to take in a traveling show or a newly released movie.