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  • 1 man dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Albuquerque apartment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they're investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.  They say officers responded about 1 a.m. Saturday to a report of multiple shots fired outside an apartment complex. Police arrived one the scene and found multiple casings in the street and multiple impact holes in the apartment complex. Officers did a welfare check on the tenants and found a man dead in one of the apartments. Another man was injured at the scene but transported himself to the hospital before police arrived and is in stable condition. The names and ages of the dead man and wounded man haven't been released yet as police say their investigation is ongoing.

  • Navajo Nation reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 24 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's total to 32,528 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death total remained at 1,403. Tribal health officials reported 35 new cases and three deaths Saturday. 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. Tribal President Jonathan Nez has said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing. The new rules apply to full, part-time and temporary employees.

  • Anxious tenants await assistance as evictions resume

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — States have begun to ramp up the amount of rental assistance reaching tenants but there are still millions of families facing eviction who haven't gotten help. The Treasury Department says just $5.1 billion of the estimated $46.5 billion in federal rental assistance, or only 11%, has been distributed by states and localities through July. Several states, including Virginia and Texas, have been praised for moving quickly to get the federal money out. But there are still plenty of states, from South Carolina to Arizona, who have distributed very little. The concerns about the slow pace intensified Thursday, after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary eviction ban put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

  • Albuquerque purchasing Bernalillo County's share of building

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque have long shared a large government building in downtown Albuquerque but no more. Albuquerque officials announced Friday that the city is about to finalize its purchase of the Albuquerque Government Center and that the county has moved out to a new facility. Officials said that will enable the city to consolidate departments in the building that the two governments formerly shared. The city said it is paying the county $5 million for the county's share of the building, which the two governments had jointly owned since its construction. The city plans to spend an additional $5.5 million in renovations.

  • Navajo Nation reports 38 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation reported 38 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday and no new deaths. Tribal President Jonathan Nez says the daily increase in cases is in line with other places across the country. He urged residents of the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona to limit travel, wear a mask and social distance. The new cases bring the total on the reservation to 32,469 since the pandemic began. The death toll remains at 1,400. 

  • Holloman Air Force Base to take in Afghan refugees

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico will temporarily will house Afghan refugees. The U.S. Department of Defense made the announcement Friday. The base near Alamogordo joins others in Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin and New Jersey that will provide housing, along with medical and other support for up to 50,000 refugees. They are coming to the U.S. under the Special Immigrant Visa program. Refugees will undergo medical screening, including testing for the coronavirus, before arriving at the military installations. The Defense Department didn't say how many refugees would be sent to Holloman or when they would arrive.

  • A decade after Irene's fury, no sign of Vermont teenager

A decade after a Vermont teenager disappeared as the rains of Tropical Storm Irene started inundating the state, his mother is still hoping someone will be able to answer the question about what happened to him. Marble Arvidson was 17 when he left his Brattleboro foster home on Aug. 27, 2011, hours before the rains started. He has never been seen again. His mother, Sigrid Arvidson, is hoping someone will come forward who can help solve what is undoubtedly the most enduring mystery left a decade after Irene pummeled the state. The 2011 storm killed six across the state and did hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.

  • New Mexico flush with cash as revenues climb, oil recovers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is flush with cash due mostly to the infusion of federal pandemic aid and higher than expected gross receipts tax revenues as consumers are spending again. A faster than expected recovery by oil and gas markets also has helped to boost the state's projected revenues to record levels for the coming fiscal year. Top state finance officials and legislative analysts briefed a key panel of lawmakers on the outlook Thursday. They're expecting nearly $1.4 billion in new money for the 2023 fiscal year. Still, officials warned lawmakers to be cautious since the pandemic remains a risk factor for continued economic recovery.