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ZooLights now lighting up the night through December 23, 6-9 p.m. at Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Ariz.

Authorities say the leader of a small polygamous group near the Arizona-Utah border had taken at least 20 wives and punished followers who didn't treat him as a prophet. An FBI affidavit released last Friday alleges that Samuel Bateman orchestrated sexual acts with followers and traded wives. It was filed in a case that charges three of his female followers with kidnapping children from state custody in Arizona and impeding a foreseeable prosecution. Two of the women appeared in federal court in Flagstaff on Wednesday and were ordered held. Bateman is facing state and federal charges of child abuse and tampering with evidence.

Many decisions by New Mexico’s most powerful regulatory panel have had direct economic and environmental consequences for one corner of the state, and yet not one candidate nominated to fill the Public Regulation Commission is from northwestern New Mexico. Critics are concerned about the lack of representation as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham prepares to pick a new commission as part of an overhaul that takes New Mexico voters out of the equation. Former two-term governor and U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson is among those taking notice. He called it “a glaring omission," saying residents in the area — particularly Navajos — need to have a voice in future regulatory decisions.

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On Dec. 4, a trooper stopped a large SUV for multiple traffic violations and suspected criminal activity west of Arivaca Road. The driver eventually fled from the traffic stop when the trooper was confronted by a passenger.

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