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Latest New Mexico news, sports, business and entertainment at 3:20 a.m. MST

Latest New Mexico news, sports, business and entertainment at 3:20 a.m. MST


New Mexico officer wounded, 1 suspect dead, 2nd at large

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say an encounter between a New Mexico officer and two suspects left the officer wounded, one of the suspects dead and the other at large after she escaped in a police vehicle. The name of the wounded officer from Hobbs, near the Texas border, wasn't immediately released but he's expected to recover. Police say the suspect who died as 27-year-old Daniel Ramirez and identified the escaped suspect as 28-year-old Janessa Perez of Hobbs. Police say the incident began around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when the officer encountered what appeared to a stranded vehicle. The New Mexico State Police is investigating.


New Mexico aims more resources at missing Indigenous cases

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation aimed at ensuring more effective coordination among law enforcement agencies when it comes to cases involving missing or slain Native American women. The measures also will boost data collection and education as well as provide grant funding to improve reporting of missing persons cases. The governor was joined by victims' families for a signing ceremony at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque on Thursday. Supporters say the efforts will help unite communities in providing better access to the resources needed to help solve potential crimes and bring justice to families.


Rocky Mountain states to team up on hydrogen tech proposal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The governors of four Rocky Mountain states say they will cooperate on developing ways to make hydrogen more available and useful as clean-burning fuel for cars, trucks and trains. Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming announced Thursday they'll plan a "hydrogen hub" to be built somewhere in the region. The project will draw from $8 billion in recently approved federal infrastructure funding for four or more such regional hubs in the U.S. The Western Inter-State Hydrogen Hub will have facilities in all four states under plans to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy.


Police: Car driver charged in Albuquerque school bus crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say one of two car drivers believed to have been racing on Albuquerque streets has been charged in connection with a school bus rollover crash in which three students were seriously injured. Police said 49-year-old Mario Perez faces two counts of great bodily harm by vehicle. The crash occurred Wednesday just hours after police announced a new traffic enforcement program targeting speeding and street racing. Police said Perez was also injured in the crash that he''' be jailed after he's released from the hospital. Court records didn't list an attorney for Perez who might comment on his behalf. Police are seeking information on the second car driver.


State Police: Suspect dead after shooting in Torrance County

EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect is dead following a shooting in Edgewood that involved the Torrance County Sheriff's Office. A brief statement released Thursday by the New Mexico State Police didn't say whether a sheriff's deputy shot the suspect or provide other information on circumstances of the incident other than that no deputies were injured. The statement said the state agency is investigating the incident.


7 middle school students injured in bus crash in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in southwest Albuquerque say seven middle school students have been taken to a hospital after a school bus rolled over following a crash with a sports car. Police say none of the injuries are life-threatening. The driver of the sports car also was taken to the hospital after Wednesday afternoon's crash and authorities are investigating to determine if the vehicle was street racing at the time of the collision. KOB-TV posted a photo on its website showing the bus tipped over on its left side on a street near some houses. Albuquerque Public Schools officials say the bus was carrying 23 students from George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School.


Slain cinematographer's husband angry Baldwin deflects blame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The husband of a cinematographer shot and killed on the set of the film "Rust" says it's "absurd" that Alec Baldwin believes he's not to blame. Matt Hutchins, husband of Halyna Hutchins, made the remarks in an interview with the "Today" show that airs in full Thursday. Matt Hutchins says he was "so angry" when he heard Baldwin tell ABC News in December that he was not to blame for the shooting. Baldwin said he was pointing the gun at Hutchins at her instruction as a scene was being set up on the New Mexico set, and it went off without him pulling the trigger.


Pandemic crisis standards to expire for New Mexico hospitals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top health official says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to decline and the state is still on track to lift its crisis standards of care declaration for hospitals in the coming weeks. The declaration was issued last fall as a way to ease the strain on New Mexico's already overburdened health care system. A few hospitals enacted the standards, which cleared the way for them to ration care if necessary. They had the option of suspending procedures that weren't medically necessary if they didn't have capacity. Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase said Wednesday that the availability of hospital beds increased this week.