Months after suing the federal government over the discharge of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that have tainted New Mexico's groundwater, Attorney General Hector Balderas now says he considers the lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force a public "corruption case."

"It's my position, looking at the entire set of facts, that this is not just an environmental battle for environmental cleanup," Balderas said during a phone interview Friday. "This is absolutely a corruption case, where a powerful federal entity needs to account to what have been very committed and loyal citizens in New Mexico.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 10 years in prison. Or nothing at all.

Those are two possible outcomes facing a Kirtland Air Force Base airman after he fatally struck a woman with his car in Southeast Albuquerque earlier this year.

Airman 1st Class Calvin Cooper is charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and involuntary manslaughter in the March 23 death of Angelica Baca, 39.

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Capt. Daniel Lehman (left) was found dead early Sept. 15, 2018, near an intersection in Colorado Springs, Colo. A jury found Gilberto Chavez Jr. (right) guilty of second-degree murder on Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Army/Colorado Springs Police Department photos)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A jury found Gilberto Chavez Jr. guilty of second-degree murder in the case of Capt. Daniel Lehman, a U.S. Army officer from Santa Fe who was shot dead in downtown Colorado Springs a little over a year ago.

The 12 jurors who considered the case behind closed doors for about seven hours Tuesday came back with a conviction Tuesday following a trial that lasted more than a week.

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Jeannine Willard (Valencia County Detention Center)

A New Mexico woman was charged Friday in the robbery and homicide of a Marine Corps veteran from Belen late last month after allegedly watching her boyfriend kill the man and torch his car to hide evidence.

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Four airmen assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico were involved in a crash that killed a woman, which police are investigating as a possible street racing incident.

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Firefighters from the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron control a fire during a training exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 18, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney says the Air Force has not come up with an acceptable schedule or long-term plan to clean up contamination of the groundwater at Cannon and Holloman Air Force bases.

He said that is the motivation for the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by the New Mexico Environment Department and the state Attorney General's Office against the Air Force.

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