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  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is putting on hold jury trials and closing state motor vehicle offices in response to surging coronavirus infections across the state. The state Supreme Court on Friday paused civil and criminal jury trials until the end of the year. The state's appellate, district, metropolitan and magistrate courts will remain open while following guidelines to reduce risks of virus transmission. The Taxation and Revenue Department said it is closing down field offices and motor vehicle division office through Nov. 30. 

  • New Mexico shuts tax offices, jury trials to stem pandemic

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is putting on hold jury trials and closing state motor vehicle offices in response to surging coronavirus infections across the state. The state Supreme Court on Friday paused civil and criminal jury trials until the end of the year. The state's appellate, district, metropolitan and magistrate courts will remain open while following guidelines to reduce risks of virus transmission.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico governor hopes 'pause' will blunt virus surgeSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gyms, salons, golf courses and other nonessential businesses will have to close under public health restrictions being reimposed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Democratic governor said Friday she's hitting the reset button in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. People also are being told to stay home except for essential trips related to health, safety and welfare.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amid the surging pandemic, New Mexico lawmakers are sparring over whether to delay a legislative session that traditionally starts in mid-January. That could potentially defer Democratic initiatives on cannabis, abortion rights, education funding and more. Republican House minority leader Jim Townsend is advocated for a delay until spring on the grounds that direct public participation might be limited amid health risks.

  • Pandemic upends preparations for legislative session

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are sparring over whether to delay a legislative session that traditionally starts in mid-January, potentially deferring Democratic initiatives on cannabis, abortion rights, education funding and more. Republican House minority leader Jim Townsend of Artesia on Thursday advocated for a delay of the 2021 legislative session until spring on the grounds that direct public participation might be limited amid health risks.

  • Pandemic upends preparations for legislative session

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are sparring over whether to delay a legislative session that traditionally starts in mid-January, potentially deferring Democratic initiatives on cannabis, abortion rights, education funding and more. Republican House minority leader Jim Townsend of Artesia on Thursday advocated for a delay of the 2021 legislative session until spring on the grounds that direct public participation might be limited amid health risks.

  • ALBUQUERQUE CRIME-MOTHER'S SLAYING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have charged a Mexican national with the 2019 slaying of the mother of two state police officers. District Attorney Raul Torrez announced the charges against Luis Talamantes-Romero during a news conference Thursday. Talamantes-Romero is in federal custody in Texas awaiting sentencing for illegal re-entry into the U.S. He's also facing charges of aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and other crimes.

  • TAX PREPARER-GUILTY PLEA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico tax preparer faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of false income tax returns. The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico said in a statement that 44-year-old Carlos Perea of Las Vegas pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

  • HEALTH SECRETARY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public health expert at the University of New Mexico has been appointed to lead the state's Health Department amid surging daily rates of coronavirus infection. Physician Tracie Collins was appointed Wednesday to lead an agency that is a cornerstone of the state's response to COVID-19. Gov.

  • New Mexico appoints leader to health agency amid virus surge

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public health expert at the University of New Mexico has been appointed to lead the state's Health Department amid surging daily rates of coronavirus infection. Physician Tracie Collins was appointed Wednesday to lead an agency that is a cornerstone of the state's response to COVID-19. Gov.

  • HEALTH SECRETARY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public health expert at the University of New Mexico has been appointed to lead the state's Health Department amid surging daily rates of coronavirus infection. Physician Tracie Collins was appointed Wednesday to lead an agency that is a cornerstone of the state's response to COVID-19. Gov.

  • HEALTH SECRETARY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A public health expert at the University of New Mexico has been appointed to lead the state's Health Department amid surging daily rates of coronavirus infection. Physician Tracie Collins was appointed Wednesday to lead an agency that is a cornerstone of the state's response to COVID-19. Gov.

  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators are rekindling efforts to open New Mexico to recreational marijuana production and sales, with an emphasis on economic opportunity amidst the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic. State Rep. Javier Martinez told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that he will again introduce legislation to regulate and tax recreational marijuana. Elections this year ousted several conservative-leaning Democratic senators who opposed past legalization efforts. Democratic Gov.

  • Election revives recreational pot initiatives in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators are rekindling efforts to open New Mexico to recreational marijuana production and sales, with an emphasis on economic opportunity amidst the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic. State Rep. Javier Martinez told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that he will again introduce legislation to regulate and tax recreational marijuana. Elections this year ousted several conservative-leaning Democratic senators who opposed past legalization efforts. Democratic Gov.

  • FATAL SHOOTING-LIVE STREAM-ARREST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man after police say he fatally shot two people and streamed part of the assault on Facebook. New Mexico State Police said in a statement Monday that 23-year-old Alejandro Alirez of Las Vegas was arrested Sunday on multiple charges including first-degree murder. Police said his 33-year-old girlfriend Cristal Cervantes and her 89-year-old grandfather Victor Cervantes died at the scene.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man after police say he fatally shot two people and streamed part of the assault on Facebook. New Mexico State Police said in a statement Monday that 23-year-old Alejandro Alirez of Las Vegas was arrested Sunday on multiple charges including first-degree murder. Police said his 33-year-old girlfriend Cristal Cervantes and her 89-year-old grandfather Victor Cervantes died at the scene. San Miguel County Sheriff's deputies originally responded after being called by Alirez's mother.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Athletes from five New Mexico universities are asking Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for more flexibility that would allow them to hold full practices and play like their counterparts at most colleges in other states. They issued their formal plea to the Democratic governor in a letter sent Monday, as the state marked another daily high for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The letter says positivity rates in the community are not indicative of the caseloads being seen among athletes. They say that shows they've been adhering to safe protocols.

  • AP-US-ELECTION-2020-CONGRESS-INDIGENOUS-REPRESENTATION

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Internet access, health care and basic necessities like running water and electricity within Indigenous communities have long been at the center of congressional debates. But until recently, Congress hasn't had many Indigenous members who were pushing for solutions and funding for those issues. Hope is growing after the Native delegation in the U.S. House expanded by two on Election Day.

  • Indigenous candidates' wins in Congress give hope for change

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Internet access, health care and basic necessities like running water and electricity within Indigenous communities have long been at the center of congressional debates. But until recently, Congress hasn't had many Indigenous members who were pushing for solutions and funding for those issues. Hope is growing after the Native delegation in the U.S. House expanded by two on Election Day.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

New Mexico hospitals seeing strain as COVID-19 cases climbALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top medical officers for some of New Mexico's largest hospital systems say they are now at or above normal capacity as the coronavirus pandemic surges across the state. They briefed reporters Monday, saying they're seeing the strain on staff and they won't be able to sustain the pace over the long term. New Mexico set another record with 1,418 additional COVID-19 cases reported in a single day. Presbyterian Chief Medical Officer Dr.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Health officials have reported 124 additional coronavirus cases and two additional deaths from the virus for the Navajo Nation as of Sunday. In all, the tribe has reported more than 12,000 known cases and 593 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began.

  • New Mexico again reports nearly 1,300 additional COVID cases

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday for the second day in a row reported nearly 1,300 additional COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths. Officials say there are 1,287 additional cases, a one-day record that was the same number reported Friday. But officials on Saturday also said that 10 of the cases reported Friday had turned out to be duplicates or not lab-confirmed. With those adjustments and the latest reported cases, the statewide case total reached 53,671 with 1,104 deaths.

  • New Mexico again reports nearly 1,300 additional COVID cases

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday for the second day in a row reported nearly 1,300 additional COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths. Officials say there are 1,287 additional cases, a one-day record that was the same number reported Friday. But officials on Saturday also said that 10 of the cases reported Friday had turned out to be duplicates or not lab-confirmed. With those adjustments and the latest reported cases, the statewide case total reached 53,671 with 1,104 deaths.

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Today in History

Nov 8, 2020

  • Today In History

Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2020. There are 53 days left in the year.

  • On This Date

On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America's 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice. Republicans kept their majorities in the Senate and House.

Today in History

Nov 7, 2020

  • New Mexico again reports nearly 1,300 additional COVID cases

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday for the second day in a row reported nearly 1,300 additional COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths. Officials say there are 1,287 additional cases, a one-day record that was the same number reported Friday. But officials on Saturday also said that 10 of the cases reported Friday had turned out to be duplicates or not lab-confirmed. With those adjustments and the latest reported cases, the statewide case total reached 53,671 with 1,104 deaths.

  • SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M . (AP) — he New Mexico Supreme Court has revisited a 2019 decision that barred the state's court system from continued use of a longstanding legal privilege that disallows testimony by a defendant's spouse. The 2019 ruing said the so-called spousal communication privilege was based in misogyny and had "outlived its useful life," but the state high court on Thursday reinstated the privilege while ordering an advisory committee to study whether the privilege should be modified or abolished.

Today in History 

  • Today is Saturday, Nov. 7, the 312th day of 2020. There are 54 days left in the year. 

Today's Highlight in History: 

  • On Nov. 7, 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first Black mayor of a major city -- Cleveland, Ohio. 

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  • SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M . (AP) — he New Mexico Supreme Court has revisited a 2019 decision that barred the state's court system from continued use of a longstanding legal privilege that disallows testimony by a defendant's spouse. The 2019 ruing said the so-called spousal communication privilege was based in misogyny and had "outlived its useful life," but the state high court on Thursday reinstated the privilege while ordering an advisory committee to study whether the privilege should be modified or abolished.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is in line for some more snow. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say two storms are expected to hit northern and central parts of the state through Monday night. The first storm will bring high winds and some snow to the northern mountains starting Saturday night. The next storm will bring more snow with cooler temperatures starting Sunday night. This follows an epic storm that blew through New Mexico in late October. The record snowfall provided some relief for the persistent drought conditions.

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