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  • Lawsuit: Guards mistook dentures for contraband, beat inmate

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit says a man was brutally beaten by corrections officers and denied medical treatment at a county jail in New Mexico after guards mistook dentures for contraband. A watchdog group for improving prison conditions in the state filed the federal lawsuit this week on behalf of former inmate Marvin Silva. The New Mexico Prison and Jail Project says Silva was beaten by guards and released with severe injuries and no transportation home. Administrators at the Valencia County Adult Detention Center could not immediately be reached for comment. The jail's health care contractor declined to comment.

  • Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 related deaths for 5th day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 43 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fifth consecutive day. The latest numbers released by tribal health officials pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,529 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll remains at 1,377. The Navajo Nation reservation is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

  • Teacher union president: Goal is to get kids back to school

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The head of a national teachers union is visiting New Mexico as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage parents to send their kids back to public school. The effort comes as more parents are voicing concerns over mask mandates. Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers. She said Thursday that she believes masks are among the precautions school districts can take to ensure students can safely return to in-person learning. New Mexico health officials say nearly 40% of 12 to 17 year olds in the state have been fully vaccinated. The state also reported Thursday the highest daily total of confirmed COVID-19 infections since March.

  • New Mexico taps US pandemic relief to help harvest chile

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales says the state is stepping in to ensure a timely chile harvest after growers and producers raised concerns about an inadequate supply of labor. Morales says the state will funnel up to $5 million in federal pandemic relief toward enhanced wages for farmers who harvest New Mexico's renowned green and red chile crop in the late summer and early fall. Republican State Sen. Crystal Diamond on Thursday applauded the move to help farmers. Some Republican state legislators blame the labor shortage on generous unemployment benefits, while Morales says the problem predates the pandemic.

  • Former county official convicted of procurement violation

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Rio Arriba County commissioner faces up to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on a conviction for violating the state's procurement code. A state District Court judge ruled this week that ex-Commissioner Barney Trujillo of Chimayo violated the procurement code when he failed to disclose contributions he'd made to an Española school board member's campaign. Trujillo, who had a $50,000 annual marketing services contract with the Espanola school district, was required to disclose any campaign contributions he'd made to public officials. Trujillo didn't disclose that he made an in-kind contribution of signs to the campaign of Yolanda Salazar, a successful candidate for the Espanola Public Schools board.

  • Summer funding helped school districts address disparities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Even before the pandemic, student experiences over the summer divided heavily on socioeconomic lines. As school districts and community organizations respond to increased demand and need for summer programming, part of that work is focused on overcoming persistent barriers to access for families. An infusion of philanthropic and public funding, including at least $1.2 billion in federal stimulus money, has allowed districts to invest in expanded partnerships with community organizations, to provide support services and to retain staff for the summer to address those challenges. 

  • Virgin Galactic restarts space-trip sales at $450,000 and up

Virgin Galactic is selling tickets for space flights again, just weeks after founder Richard Branson rode a rocket-powered plane to more than 50 miles above the Earth. Tickets aren't cheap. Virgin Galactic is setting prices to start at $450,000 a seat. The company announced the sales as it reported Thursday that it lost $94 million in the second quarter. Costs for overhead and sales jumped from a year earlier. Revenue was just $571,000, barely enough to cover one seat on a future flight. 

  • Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 related deaths for 4th day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 34 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fourth consecutive day. The latest numbers released by tribal health officials pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,486 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll remains at 1,377. The Navajo Nation reservation is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.