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Today in History

Jun 25, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, June 25, the 177th day of 2020. There are 189 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. 

  • New Mexico undersheriff, others charged months after brawl

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico undersheriff is facing charges stemming from a brawl at a Valentine's Day dance. The Las Vegas Optic reports San Miguel County Undersheriff Mike Padilla was charged with misdemeanor aggravated battery months after police say there was a fight involving two groups. Four others, including Padilla's wife and son, are also facing misdemeanor charges.

  • EDUCATION LAWSUIT-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. has called on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to end efforts against a court ruling ordering education improvements members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. Wednesday's comments from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez come ahead of a court hearing next week in which Lujan Grisham will ask a state judge to dismiss a consolidated lawsuit representing Native American and Hispanic plaintiffs.

  • FORT DEFIANCE MURDER-SENTENCING

PHOENIX (AP) — A Fort Defiance man accused of a fatal stabbing has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Lodi Gene Bitsie II was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2019 stabbing on the Navajo Nation reservation. Prosecutors say Bitsie argued with the victim before punching him and then stabbing him in chest with a large knife. Authorities say the victim died from the stab wounds.

  • FORT DEFIANCE MURDER-SENTENCING

PHOENIX (AP) — A Fort Defiance man accused of a fatal stabbing has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Lodi Gene Bitsie II was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2019 stabbing on the Navajo Nation reservation. Prosecutors say Bitsie argued with the victim before punching him and then stabbing him in chest with a large knife. Authorities say the victim died from the stab wounds.

Today in History

Jun 24, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 176th day of 2020. There are 190 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On June 24, 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. 

  • Fort Defiance man gets prison sentence for fatal stabbing

PHOENIX (AP) — A Fort Defiance man accused of a fatal stabbing has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Lodi Gene Bitsie II was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2019 stabbing on the Navajo Nation reservation. Prosecutors say Bitsie argued with the victim before punching him and then stabbing him in chest with a large knife. Authorities say the victim died from the stab wounds.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIVE AMERICAN MOMS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the findings of a recent survey at a women's hospital in New Mexico are in the process of being referred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights after allegations of racial profiling were raised. The survey at Lovelace Women's Hospital in Albuquerque was completed last week. While the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has yet to finalize the report, state health officials say initial findings identified noncompliance.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIVE AMERICAN MOMS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the findings of a recent survey at a women's hospital in New Mexico are in the process of being referred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights after allegations of racial profiling were raised. The survey at Lovelace Women's Hospital in Albuquerque was completed last week. While the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has yet to finalize the report, state health officials say initial findings identified noncompliance.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-REOPENING SCHOOLS

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Public Education Department is outlining a path for how schools will reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under a plan made public Tuesday, the state is requiring schools to open at 50% capacity. Students will alternate between time in the classroom and continuing with online lessons at home. Based on regional testing data, schools could be forced to close or allowed to fully open.

  • Las Cruces man accused of scuffling with city police officer

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been arrested and accused of throwing rocks at a hospital security officer and attempting to disarm a policewoman. Authorities say 26-year-old Sergio Sotelo is jailed without bond on suspicion of battery on a peace officer plus resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer. Las Cruces police were dispatched to a home about 8 p.m. Sunday where Sotelo was reportedly acting violent and throwing items.

Today in History

Jun 23, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 175th day of 2020. There are 191 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first Black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. president. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.) 

  • Las Cruces man accused of scuffling with city police officer

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been arrested and accused of throwing rocks at a hospital security officer and attempting to disarm a policewoman. Authorities say 26-year-old Sergio Sotelo is jailed without bond on suspicion of battery on a peace officer plus resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer. Las Cruces police were dispatched to a home about 8 p.m. Sunday where Sotelo was reportedly acting violent and throwing items.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state legislators began deliberations Monday on increasing police accountability by requiring body cameras for state and local law enforcement officers. The Democrat-led House of Representatives scheduled deliberations on Senate-approved legislation that would mandate cameras and permanently revoke certification for police convicted of unlawful use of physical force. The House abandoned a bill aimed at identifying and uprooting institutionalized racism in state government.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are preparing for a decisive vote on reforms to promote police accountability and address concerns about institutional racism in state government. The Democrat-led House of Representatives scheduled deliberations on Senate-approved legislation that would mandate police body cameras for all state and local law enforcement officers with the exception of tribal police. Another bill backed by Democratic Reps.

  • AIRPORT-CLEANING ROBOT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest airport has enlisted a robot to help with cleaning in the age of coronavirus. KOAT-TV reports the Albuquerque International Sunport is employing an autonomous robot to sanitize spaces in the airport. Airport officials say the robot, dubbed Breezy One, will be employed every night. The device came from Build with Robotics and Fetch Robotics. Fetch Robotics officials say it decontaminates spaces of mover than 100,000 square feet in under two hours.

  • BROTHERS KILLED-REWARD

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two Ohio brothers have left five boys spending their first Father's Day without their dad and the man they called "Uncle Phils." Authorities and their family say Philip and Matthew Reagan were headed to California in March when their journey got cut short in northern Arizona. Their vehicle got stuck in the mud, and the brothers were fatally shot likely while walking to seek help. The FBI has no suspects and now is offering a reward for information that could lead to an arrest.

Today in History

Jun 22, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Monday, June 22, the 174th day of 2020. There are 192 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On June 22, 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris. 

  • Dad, brother's deaths leave family bereft on Father's Day

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two Ohio brothers have left five boys spending their first Father's Day without their dad and the man they called "Uncle Phils." Authorities and their family say Philip and Matthew Reagan were headed to California in March when their journey got cut short in northern Arizona. Their vehicle got stuck in the mud, and the brothers were fatally shot likely while walking to seek help.

  • BROTHERS KILLED-REWARD

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two Ohio brothers have left five boys spending their first Father's Day without their dad and the man they called "Uncle Phils." Authorities and their family say Philip and Matthew Reagan were headed to California in March when their journey got cut short in northern Arizona. Their vehicle got stuck in the mud, and the brothers were fatally shot likely while walking to seek help. The FBI has no suspects and now is offering a reward for information that could lead to an arrest.

  • BROTHERS KILLED-REWARD

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two Ohio brothers have left five boys spending their first Father's Day without their dad and the man they called "Uncle Phils." Authorities and their family say Philip and Matthew Reagan were headed to California in March when their journey got cut short in northern Arizona. Their vehicle got stuck in the mud, and the brothers were fatally shot likely while walking to seek help. The FBI has no suspects and now is offering a reward for information that could lead to an arrest.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature has approved a bill to ensure adequate voting locations in Native American communities that have been hit hard by the coronavirus. The state House on Saturday approved the bill that gives Indigenous nations and pueblos final say before a local polling place can be closed or consolidated. The voting initiative also aims to make absentee balloting more reliable by extending mailing deadlines and using postal bar codes to track ballots.

Today in History

Jun 21, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Sunday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2020. There are 193 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On June 21, 1989, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected by the First Amendment.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Legislators are sending a budget solvency plan to the governor that would mend a multibillion-dollar deficit by scaling back spending increases and drawing on federal recovery act money and state financial reserves. Senate Democrats joined with a handful of Republican in a 30-12 vote on Saturday to approve a roughly $7 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1 that scales back state spending by about $600 million.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are attempting to address festering problems of police accountability and craft new civil rights protections for minorities within the span of a three-day special legislative session. The state House on Saturday began deliberations on a Senate-approved bill to ensure state agencies assess policies for preventing racism in hiring, employee retention, pay equity, community engagement and workplace participation.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Friday approved a budget solvency plan that fills a gaping general fund deficit by harnessing federal recovery funds, tapping half of New Mexico's financial reserves and pulling back planned spending increases. General fund spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was revised downward to $7 billion from $7.6 billion, while keeping some spending increases on public education.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Friday approved a budget solvency plan that fills a gaping general fund deficit by harnessing federal recovery funds, tapping half of New Mexico's financial reserves and pulling back planned spending increases. General fund spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was revised downward to $7 billion from $7.6 billion, while keeping some spending increases on public education.

Today in History

Jun 20, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Saturday, June 20, the 172nd day of 2020. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer begins at 5:44 p.m., Eastern time.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On June 20, 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's top health officials said about one-quarter of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state involve people who had no symptoms. Human Services Secretary David Scrase said that percentage represents a huge number when talking about a pandemic. Scrase said Friday that New Mexico has been able to keep its cases from skyrocketing like Arizona, Texas and other states because it has kept in place the stay-at-home order and established other counter measures aimed at limiting spread.

  • SPECIAL SESSION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators pushed forward with election reforms and an overhaul of state spending in response to the coronavirus and economic upheaval. The Democratic-led New Mexico state Senate on Friday approved election reforms aimed at making absentee balloting more reliable as residents of New Mexico flock to mail-in voting. The Democrat-sponsored bill now moves to the House for consideration.

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