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  • CHACO CANYON-DRILLING

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress.

  • FRATERNITY BANNED-HAZING

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has suspended a fraternity for five years after a student was injured in a shooting during an initiation event. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Kappa Sigma fraternity held the November event at a campground in Cloudcroft. One member has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated. He told investigators he did not know the .40 caliber handgun was loaded when he shot the other student's leg.

  • VAPING RESTRICTIONS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would expand enforcement of the age limit on tobacco sales by requiring licenses for retailers. The licenses could be revoked for repeated illegal sales to those under age 21.

Today in History

21 hours ago

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2020. There are 342 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

  • New Mexico may ratchet up tobacco oversight

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would expand enforcement of the age limit on tobacco sales by requiring licenses for retailers. The licenses could be revoked for repeated illegal sales to those under age 21.

  • STATE INVESTMENTS-WINDFALL

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools and other beneficiaries will share more than $1 billion in funding from the state's permanent endowment funds. The State Investment Council said Thursday the amount that will be distributed over the next fiscal year will be more than ever before. It also marks an increase of more than $60 million over the last year due to growth of the state's Land Grant and Severance Tax permanent funds.

  • AP-US-IMMIGRATION-FAMILY-SEPARATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine parents who were deported as the Trump administration separated thousands of migrant families landed back into the U.S. to reunite with children they haven't seen in a year and a half. The group arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Guatemala City on Wednesday night. The trip was arranged under the order of a federal judge who found the U.S. government had unlawfully prevented them from seeking asylum.

Today in History

Jan 23, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it.

  • Migrant parents separated from kids since 2018 return to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine parents who were deported as the Trump administration separated thousands of migrant families landed back into the U.S. to reunite with children they haven't seen in a year and a half. The group arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Guatemala City on Wednesday night. The trip was arranged under the order of a federal judge who found the U.S. government had unlawfully prevented them from seeking asylum.

Lawmakers assured review of nuclear weapons work to be openBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressMembers of New Mexico's congressional delegation say they've been assured by U.S. officials that a review of a proposal to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal will be open and transparent Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep.

GOP leader chides Lujan Grisham for ignoring oil in speech

  • MOTHER KILLED-MISSING BOY

Reward offered for New Mexico man accused in woman's deathROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The FBI is offering a reward for a Roswell man accused of killing the mother of his 3-year-old son before fleeing with the boy. Federal authorities recently issued an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Jorge Rico-Ruvira on one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Rico-Ruvira is also facing charges of first-degree murder in state court for the death of 27-year-old Isela Mauricio-Sanchez. Authorities say Rico-Ruvira may have headed to Mexico, where he has family.

Today in History

Jan 22, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 22, 1998, Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN'-skee) pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber responsible for three deaths and 29 injuries in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

  • New Mexico lawmaker wants to let college athletes profit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state legislator and former university football lineman wants New Mexico to allow its student athletes to profit financially from their fame as the NCAA looks into possibly removing a longstanding prohibition on student earnings from sports. State Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque says he's drafting legislation with the help of a Democratic Senate colleague that would allow students to profit indirectly from their participation in college sports.

  • STATE OF STATE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education. The commitments range from a trust fund for early childhood educational to free college tuition for local residents. Lujan Grisham on Tuesday delivered her second State of the State speech as legislators weigh pending priorities for an $800 million budget surplus tied to a booming oil sector.

  • Lawmakers have 30 days to craft state budget, legalize pot

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature is looking for new ways to bolster a lagging public education system and open up new economic opportunities by legalizing recreational marijuana and providing tuition-free college education. A 30-day legislative session is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing for new investments in public education that include $74 million in new annual general fund spending on early childhood programs.

San Diego State lone unbeaten as No. 4 Aztecs press on

Jan 21, 2020

San Diego State is the lone unbeaten left in the nation, and the fourth-ranked Aztecs will try to keep it that way with games against Wyoming and UNLV this week. Elsewhere, the Big 12-SEC Challenge takes center stage next weekend with No. 15 Kentucky visiting No. 18 Texas Tech and top-ranked Baylor facing Florida. Seventh-ranked Dayton also has a pair of tough Atlantic-10 games this week against St. Bonaventure and Richmond, while Indiana can prove itself with back-to-back games against No. 11 Michigan State and No. 17 Maryland. 

Lawmakers have 30 days to craft state budget, legalize pot

Jan 21, 2020

New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature is looking for new ways to bolster a lagging public education system and open up new economic opportunities by legalizing recreational marijuana and providing tuition-free college education. A 30-day legislative session is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing for new investments in public education that include $74 million in new annual general fund spending on early childhood programs. Several public safety proposals respond to concerns about mass shootings and crime.

  • Governor seeks new investments in early childhood education

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education. The commitments range from a trust fund for early childhood educational to free college tuition for local residents.

Today in History

Jan 21, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 21, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resigned from the U.S. Senate.

  • Governor seeks new investments in early childhood education

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education. The commitments range from a trust fund for early childhood educational to free college tuition for local residents.

  • LEGISLATURE-WHAT TO WATCH

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, fund tuition-free college and shore up pensions for state and local government workers are top priorities as the New Mexico Legislature convenes. The 30-day session convenes on Tuesday. The entire Democratic-led Legislature is up for election this year as debate ensues on issues of restricting gun access, teacher pay and new criminal penalties for acts of domestic terrorism.

  • FIRST RAINBOW COALITION

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., (AP) — A new PBS documentary is exploring a little-known movement in 1960s Chicago that brought together blacks, Latinos and poor whites from Appalachia. "The First Rainbow Coalition," scheduled to begin airing Jan. 27, on most PBS stations, shows how Black Panther Party members organized Puerto Rican radicals and Confederate flag-waving white southerners to help tackle poverty and discrimination. Filmmaker Ray Santisteban says its a project that took him 14 years to complete.

  • TRIBAL CASINOS-WATER

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican leaders have introduced legislation to require Native American tribes in Arizona to resolve longstanding water disputes with the state before negotiating new gambling pacts. Cosponsors of the legislation, House Bill 2447, include House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, and Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott. The bill's chief sponsor, Prescott Republican Rep.

Today in History

Jan 20, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2020. There are 346 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 20, 2001, George Walker Bush became America's 43rd president after one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. history.

  • Bill would require Arizona tribes to resolve water disputes

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican leaders have introduced legislation to require Native American tribes in Arizona to resolve longstanding water disputes with the state before negotiating new gambling pacts. Cosponsors of the legislation, House Bill 2447, include House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, and Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott. The bill's chief sponsor, Prescott Republican Rep.

  • Crowdfunding effort behind plan to revitalize Route 66 hotel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are plans to redevelop another dilapidated hotel along the longest urban stretch of historic Route 66, but this project on the edge downtown Albuquerque will be bankrolled in a unique way. The California-based hotel and entertainment company behind the effort is partnering with an investment platform to raise $6 million through local crowdfunding to pay for part of the project.

Today in History

Jan 19, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Sunday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2020. There are 347 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 19, 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

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