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  • 81 new coronavirus cases in New Mexico; 12th death reported

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials have announced 81 new cases of coronavirus and the state's 12th death. The state Department of Health said Sunday that New Mexico now has 624 cases of COVID-19 including 34 new positive cases in Sandoval County and 21 in Bernalillo County. Health officials said a McKinley County man in his 40s died Sunday and had underlying chronic medical conditions. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus-related deaths on the Navajo Nation has grown to 13.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say 13 people have now died of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service announced one new death and 51 new confirmed cases. Of the 321 confirmed positive cases, most are in Arizona including 137 in Navajo County. Statistics show 30 COVID-19 cases in New Mexico's San Juan County, 17 in McKinley County, seven in Cibola County and two in Socorro County.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say the number of coronavirus-related deaths on the Navajo Nation is now 13. The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service announced one new death and 51 new confirmed cases, pushing the total to 321. Of the 321 confirmed positive cases, most are in Arizona including 137 in Navajo County. Statistics show 30 COVID-19 cases in New Mexico's San Juan County, 17 in McKinley County, seven in Cibola County and two in Socorro County.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin airing class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5. The participating PBS stations are KENW-TV at Eastern New Mexico University's Portales campus, KNME-TV at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and KRWG-TV at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The Albuquerque school district will provide four hours of instruction each weekday morning.

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

22 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, tens of thousands of faithful, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds, would have attended outdoor Mass. Instead, Francis on Sunday led the ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica, which seemed even more cavernous than usual because it was so empty. Elsewhere in Rome, parish priests celebrated Mass on rooftops or in bell towers so people could follow.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin airing class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5. The participating PBS stations are KENW-TV at Eastern New Mexico University's Portales campus, KNME-TV at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and KRWG-TV at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The Albuquerque school district will provide four hours of instruction each weekday morning.

Today in History

22 hours ago

Today in History

  • Today is Sunday, April 5, the 96th day of 2020. There are 270 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On April 5, 1991, former Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, his daughter Marian and 21 other people were killed in a commuter plane crash near Brunswick, Georgia.

On this date:

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin airing class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5.

  • BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant's resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He's now officially a Hall of Famer.Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year's class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin airing class lessons for home learning for students in grades K-5.

  • OIL AND GAS-EMERGENCY RULE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Land managers in New Mexico are considering an emergency rule that would allow oil and gas companies that lease state trust land to temporarily stop producing without penalty for at least 30 days, with a possible extension of up to 120 days. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Friday pointed to the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic as well as the price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Today in History

Apr 4, 2020

Today in History

  • Today is Saturday, April 4, the 95th day of 2020. There are 271 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A city health official says 18 residents of a retirement facility in Albuquerque have tested positive for the coronavirus. Albuquerque Environmental Health Deputy Director Mark DiMenna confirmed Friday the positive tests for COVID-19 at La Vida Llena. The retirement community has independent living facilities as well as assisted living residents. It was unclear which residents were affected.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Albuquerque Journal) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he became enraged he didn't qualify for a COVID-19-related stimulus check and tried to set his wife on fire. The Albuquerque Journal reports Joe Macias was arrested Wednesday shortly following an argument with his disabled wife, where he allegedly doused her with gasoline. According to police, the 63-year-old Macias pulled out a cigarette and attempted to light it several times, but was unsuccessful due to the lighter getting gasoline on it.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A western New Mexico hotel that once hosted John Wayne and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan will use one of its buildings to house homeless respiratory patients. The Gallup Independent reports El Rancho Hotel agreed this week to offer its space in the event health care workers needed places for critical patients affected by COVID-19. El Rancho Hotel officials say patients will be placed in a separate building located across the parking lot from the central hotel.

  • AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-NUCLEAR-WASTE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's efforts to clean up Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has lumbered along for decades, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is resulting in more challenges as the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste finished ramping down operations Wednesday to keep workers safe.

Today in History

Apr 3, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, April 3, the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN'-skee) was arrested at his remote Montana cabin.

  • Cleanup of US nuclear waste takes back seat as virus spreads

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's efforts to clean up Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has lumbered along for decades, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is resulting in more challenges as the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste finished ramping down operations Wednesday to keep workers safe.

  • AP-US-IMMIGRATION-NEW-MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge has granted a motion to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States. New Mexico claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that the practice left communities to pick up the tab for housing and feeding the asylum-seekers until they moved on to find relatives or other hosts elsewhere in the U.S.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say new Mexico's health care system has a limited statewide stock of about 44,000 snug-fitting N95 face masks that can protect medical workers from the coronavirus by filtering out small airborne particles. New Mexico also has about 2.4 million exam gloves, 70,500 medical gowns and 234,000 surgical masks that offer less protection from virus infections than N95 masks. State officials provided the figures Wednesday after The Associated Press requested details about the state's supplies.

New Mexico sees another huge spike in unemployment claims

Apr 2, 2020

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — More than 28,000 New Mexico residents have applied for unemployment benefits _ over 50% the amount filed the previous record week. A U.S. Department of Labor report released Thursday said 28,182 people in the state applied for unemployment benefits last week compared to record 17,187 the week before. That's a 55.7% increase. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs. The numbers show the widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus appears to be continuing to inflict damage to the nation's economy.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say new Mexico's health care system has a limited statewide stock of about 44,000 snug-fitting N95 face masks that can protect medical workers from the coronavirus by filtering out small airborne particles. New Mexico also has about 2.4 million exam gloves, 70,500 medical gowns and 234,000 surgical masks that offer less protection from virus infections than N95 masks. State officials provided the figures Wednesday after The Associated Press requested details about the state's supplies.

  • CHICANO STUDIES-ENROLLMENT JUMP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is seeing a jump in enrollment, defying overall student enrollment declines at the state's largest college. Numbers show one of the nation's first Chicano Studies programs saw a 636% spike in students since 2011 as other areas at the university experienced declines. While colleges across the U.S. also report enrollment drops, similar Latino studies programs are reporting growth in enrollment.

  • Defying odds, New Mexico university's Chicano studies grows

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is seeing a jump in enrollment, defying overall student enrollment declines at the state's largest college. Numbers show one of the nation's first Chicano Studies programs saw a 636% spike in students since 2011 as other areas at the university experienced declines. While colleges across the U.S. also report enrollment drops, similar Latino studies programs are reporting growth in enrollment.

Today in History

Apr 1, 2020

Today in History

  • Today is Thursday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2020. There are 273 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of advancing Union forces.

On this date:

  • ELECTION 2020-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of liberal groups has begun a campaign to target critical moderate New Mexico Senate Democrats who have blocked some liberal proposals. The coalition calling itself the No Corporate Democrats community coalition said Monday it will work to unseat five Senate Democrats they say oppose more spending on early childhood education. The senators have stopped proposals aimed at dipping into the state's largest permanent fund to pay for the expansion of early childhood programs.

  • ELECTION 2020-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of liberal groups has begun a campaign to target critical moderate New Mexico Senate Democrats who have blocked some liberal proposals. The coalition calling itself the No Corporate Democrats community coalition said Monday it will work to unseat five Senate Democrats they say oppose more spending on early childhood education. The senators have stopped proposals aimed at dipping into the state's largest permanent fund to pay for the expansion of early childhood programs.

  • ELECTION 2020-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of liberal groups has begun a campaign to target critical moderate New Mexico Senate Democrats who have blocked some liberal proposals. The coalition calling itself the No Corporate Democrats community coalition said Monday it will work to unseat five Senate Democrats they say oppose more spending on early childhood education. The senators have stopped proposals aimed at dipping into the state's largest permanent fund to pay for the expansion of early childhood programs.

  • NEW MEXICO ENERGY FUTURE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station.

  • COUGHING ASSAULT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man is facing charges after police say he entered a store and intentionally coughed on several people. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Edward Babcock was arrested last week following reports he was coughing on customers at a Big Lots store in Santa Fe. According to a criminal complaint, the 4O-year-old Babcock coughed on a woman and her 10-year-old daughter after telling the woman, "It's on, it's on." A witness told police Babcock was getting close to others and coughing on them, too.

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