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  • AP-NM-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has increased to five, with the case of a man in his 40s. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the latest fatality Tuesday. She said the number of cases in the state has increased to at least 315. About two dozen people remain hospitalized. The governor said social distancing continues to be an important tool to keep more people from contracting the virus. She also said the federal government has granted the state's request for a U.S.

  • POLICE SHOOTING-ALBUQUERQUE

ALBUIQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of beating his neighbor with a hammer and threatening to kill him just weeks ago is dead after being shot by Albuquerque police. Authorities say the shooting occurred at a home Monday after officers attempted to make a welfare check on 52-year-old Valente Acosta-Busttillos. Police were contacted by his concerned employer, who had not heard from him in several days.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown is channeling her power for good for a New Mexico food bank. The actress posted on her Instagram on Sunday that she and her family have given an undisclosed amount to The Food Depot in Santa Fe to fund 20,000 meals. Brown, who plays telekinetic teen Eleven, said in her post "Stranger Things" was set to film in Santa Fe before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production. The Food Depot confirmed the actress' donation Monday.

  • POLICE SHOOTING-ALBUQUERQUE

ALBUIQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man is dead after being shot by Albuquerque police after officers went to make a welfare check on that person. The Albuquerque Journal reports that police say the incident occurred at a home Monday where police went after being contacted by the person's concerned employer. No identities were released. Deputy Chief Harold Medina said the shooting occurred inside the home during an altercation after police made contact with the employee.

Today in History

Mar 31, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 91st day of 2020. There are 275 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President."

  • New Mexico official in video blames 'Asians' for virus

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county official is under fire for posting a social media video casting blame for the novel coronavirus pandemic on "Asians." The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Luna County Safety and Risk Coordinator Tyler Massey posted an expletive-laden video on Snapchat earlier this month, where he complained about people of Asian descent buying "in bulk" at a Walmart.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A inmate who recently arrived at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Bernalillo County said Monday in a statement that the jail learned of the positive test on Sunday, and the inmate is in isolation and receiving treatment. Staff who came in contact with the inmate are self-isolating at home for 14 days as a precaution. New Mexico Gov.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHACO DRILLING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico's congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in asking federal land managers to grant more time for the public to comment on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. They say the federal government should wait until the coronavirus outbreak subsides to ensure the public has an adequate opportunity to participate.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A inmate who recently arrived at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Bernalillo County said Monday in a statement that the jail learned of the positive test on Sunday, and the inmate is in isolation and receiving treatment. Staff who came in contact with the inmate are self-isolating at home for 14 days as a precaution. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pressed President Donald Trump during a call with state governors to ensure adequate resources for the Navajo Nation as its infection rate rises.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials have been telling people for weeks to wash their hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That's not always an easy task on the Navajo Nation, where 30% of residents on the vast reservation don't have running water in their homes. The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service says the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 has reached 115 for the Navajo Nation, which covers parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials have been telling people for weeks to wash their hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That's not always an easy task on the Navajo Nation, where 30% of residents on the vast reservation don't have running water in their homes. The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service says the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 has reached 115 for the Navajo Nation, which covers parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

Today in History

Mar 30, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Monday, March 30, the 90th day of 2020. There are 276 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and a District of Columbia police officer, Thomas Delahanty.

  • Supplies brought to Navajos who lack running water at home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials have been telling people for weeks to wash their hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That's not always an easy task on the Navajo Nation, where 30% of residents on the vast reservation don't have running water in their homes.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials have been telling people for weeks to wash their hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That's not always an easy task on the Navajo Nation, where 30% of residents on the vast reservation don't have running water in their homes. The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service says the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 has reached 115 for the Navajo Nation, which covers parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

  • ELECTION 2020-NEW MEXICO

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Restrictions limiting person-to-person contact to stop the spread of COVID-19 is hindering Democratic primary challengers seeking to unseat incumbent state lawmakers in New Mexico. Challengers are barred for weeks from campaigning by knocking on doors and shaking hands at public events. Instead, many are moving to aggressive social media pushes, multiple mailers, and virtual town halls.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Restrictions limiting person-to-person contact to stop the spread of COVID-19 is hindering Democratic primary challengers seeking to unseat incumbent state lawmakers in New Mexico. Challengers are barred for weeks from campaigning by knocking on doors and shaking hands at public events. Instead, many are moving to aggressive social media pushes, multiple mailers, and virtual town halls. Most Democratic voters in the state's closed primary system tend to be older, and many live in rural areas where broadband internet access and cell service is limited.

  • AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIRUS-FREE-COUNTIES

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As the coronavirus rages through Europe, and major American cities like New York and Los Angeles, more than a third of counties across the U.S. still have not reported a positive test result for infection across what are predominantly rural areas. A data analysis by The Associated Press shows that 1,297 counties have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 3,142 counties nationwide.

Today in History

Mar 29, 2020

Today in History

  • Today is Sunday, March 29, the 89th day of 2020. There are 277 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

  • On March 29, 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the 1968 My Lai (mee ly) massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)

 On this date:

  • Man's coronavirus death in Bernalillo County is 2nd in state

New Mexico has reported a second death related to the coronavirus, a man in his 80s who died Friday in Bernalillo County. The state Department of Health said the man had been hospitalized and had multiple chronic underlying health conditions. The department also  reported 17 additional coronavirus cases statewide, for a total of 208. The department's figures indicate that 17 of the state's 33 counties have at least one case of the virus.

  • OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement agencies say they're not making traffic stops to enforce a statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The State Police, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and the Las Cruces and Los Lunas police departments made announcements Friday, with several saying they were aware of rumors on social media that officers were stopping drivers to enforce the order.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-STIMULUS-TRIBES

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribes say their persistent efforts to be included in a massive stimulus bill to respond to the new coronavirus have paid off. Tribes have been lobbying Congress to help address shortfalls in an already underfunded health care system that serves Native Americans. They secured $10 billion in the bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday. Most of it is set aside as a relief fund that will be distributed based on need.

  • POLLINATOR LICENSE PLATE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For the love of bees, New Mexico is now offering motorists a chance to help the pollinators through the purchase of a special license plate. The state Transportation Department says proceeds from the new plates will help fund planting projects along state roads. The pollinator project also will create educational gardens and reduce mowing and spraying of herbicides along roadways as a way to improve habitat for bees and other pollinators. The plate features the artwork of a student from the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy.

Today in History

Mar 28, 2020

Today in History

  • Today is Saturday, March 28, the 88th day of 2020. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled for control of the strategic city of Nasiriyah (nah-sih-REE'-uh). President George W. Bush warned of "further sacrifice" ahead in the face of unexpectedly fierce fighting.

On this date:

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A western New Mexico state senator is urging authorities to stop charging customers near the Navajo Nation without full indoor household plumbing for drinking water at a municipal filling station because of the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Sen. George Muñoz of Gallup said Thursday that waiving fees at the water loading station would help ease economic hardships and ensure more people can wash hands to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and a firefighter was injured  in a house fire early Friday morning. Albuquerque Fire Rescue says the firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment after suffering minor injuries in falling through the second floor. No identities were released and cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. 

Today in History

Mar 27, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, March 27, the 87th day of 2020. There are 279 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 27, 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) testified at his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

  • Deputies: Crime Stoppers official embezzled donated SUV

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Crime Stoppers official in New Mexico is facing charges after investigators say he used a donated SUV for personal use. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday says Johnny Adams drove the gifted Ford Expedition SUV meant for the San Juan County Crime Stoppers during off hours and also let his wife drive it. Adams is the executive director of the group.

  • FOSTER CARE-SETTLEMENT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached a settlement with foster youth and their advocates that will allow for the creation of a trauma response system for all children in state custody. The Human Services Department and state child welfare officials announced the agreement in a statement on Thursday. It calls for building a statewide community-based behavioral health system that all children and families will have access to and implementing training for staff, foster parents and others who serve children affected by trauma.

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