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  • Today in History 

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Oct. 27, 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City. 

  • Republican lawsuit alleges problems with absentee balloting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party is alleging in a lawsuit that its election poll challengers in New Mexico are unfairly being denied oversight of the initial verification process for absentee ballots. In the suit filed Monday to the state Supreme Court, Republican officials accuse the secretary of state of interfering with independent oversight as county clerks verify signatures and partial social security numbers on the outer envelop of any absentee ballots.

  • AP-US-LEGISLATOR-THREATENED-NEW-MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator says fled his home after receiving anonymous telephone message threats following his criticism of demonstration where many did not wear masks outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe. State Sen. Jacob Candelaria said Sunday he fears for his safety after receiving the series of profanity-laced telephone voice messages.

  • New Mexico legislator flees home after threats received

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator says he received anonymous threatening telephone messages shortly after publicly criticizing a political demonstration that took place outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. State Sen.

Today in History

Oct 26, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 300th day of 2020. There are 66 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On October 26th, 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 

  • New Mexico legislator flees home after threats received

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator says he received anonymous threatening telephone messages shortly after publicly criticizing a political demonstration that took place outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. State Sen.

  • FORMER POLICE SPOKESMAN-OVERTIME

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a now-former Albuquerque police officer denies allegations that his client wrongly collected thousands of dollars of overtime pay while serving as the department's spokesman.

  • FORMER POLICE SPOKESMAN-OVERTIME

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a now-former Albuquerque police officer denies allegations that his client wrongly collected thousands of dollars of overtime pay while serving as the department's spokesman.

Minority pushes Trump agenda largely unpopular among tribes

Oct 25, 2020

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation vice president is part of a vocal minority pushing Donald Trump's agenda in areas long considered Democratic territory. Myron Lizer argues that Native American values of hard work, family and ranching align more with the GOP than with Democrats. It's difficult to say how most tribal members vote because the majority do not live on reservations and county lines don't align with tribal voters. Historically, Native Americans have been considered the Democratic Party's constituency. Lizer says he wants to shake up that belief.

Today in History

Oct 25, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Sunday, Oct. 25, the 299th day of 2020. There are 67 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 25, 1910, "America the Beautiful," with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.

  • Lawyer: Allegations against former police spokesman 'false'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a now-former Albuquerque police officer denies allegations that his client wrongly collected thousands of dollars of overtime pay while serving as the department's spokesman.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Older drivers in New Mexico will no longer be required to take their annual eye exam at a state Motor Vehicle Division office due to the coronavirus pandemic. By law, drivers 79 and older are required to take the exam to keep their licenses. But that age group is also at high risk for complications from COVID-19. Some MVD locations have been reserving seniors-only hours, but those visits still put older drivers at risk.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Older drivers in New Mexico will no longer be required to take their annual eye exam at a state Motor Vehicle Division office due to the coronavirus pandemic. By law, drivers 79 and older are required to take the exam to keep their licenses. But that age group is also at high risk for complications from COVID-19. Some MVD locations have been reserving seniors-only hours, but those visits still put older drivers at risk. In an announcement Friday, the state said drivers 79 and older can take the exam at a doctor's office instead and submit the results online. 

Today in History

Oct 24, 2020

Today in History 

  • Today is Sunday, Oct. 25, the 299th day of 2020. There are 67 days left in the year. 

Today's Highlight in History: 

  • On Oct. 25, 1910, "America the Beautiful," with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published. 

On this date: 

  • HOMICIDE-FORMER OFFICE

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A former Alamogordo police officer has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2019 wreck in Roswell in which one person was killed and two others injured. Luke Maxwell Towner faces a Dec. 14 hearing after pleading guilty Thursday in state District Court to homicide by vehicle, aggravated DWI and great bodily harm. The Roswell Daily Record reports that Judge James Hudson said a plea agreement recommends a 15-year sentence, including 12 years in prison and three years suspended and served on supervised probation.

  • TRIBES-INTERNET-ACCESS

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadcast licenses to dozens of rural tribal governments. The commission said Friday an initial 154 licenses of 2.5 gigahertz were awarded to Native American communities. That includes about 20 in New Mexico and Arizona. The spectrum had long been reserved for educational institutions. Tribes fought to be first in line for a new batch of licenses for the wireless technology that is ideal for sending high-speed internet wirelessly.

  • STATE INVESTMENT LAWSUIT-CHALLENGE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a settlement challenge in a lawsuit over an alleged "pay-to-play" scheme dating back to the administration of Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that former state Educational Retirement Board Investment Chief Frank Foy filed the lawsuit in 2008, claiming the state lost about $90 million in bad investment deals. Neither Richardson nor any member of his administration was charged with a crime.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States will again be foregoing Sunday Mass indefinitely as New Mexico marks its latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Archbishop John C. Wester is directing churches within the northern New Mexico diocese to cease regular Mass schedules after Sunday until further notice. He's encouraging Masses to be streamed via the internet or recorded so that they may be accessed by people at home. He's also calling for funeral services and weddings to be delayed.

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Oct 23, 2020

  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From tribal lands in the Southwest to storm-battered Louisiana, the U.S. Census Bureau did not achieve its goal of reaching 99% of households during the 2020 census. Census takers only reached 94% of households in parts of Louisiana. In the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock, Arizona, census takers only reached 98.9%. Overall, the Census Bureau says it did reach 99.9% of the nation's households — but in a nation of 330 million people, the missing .1% still represents hundreds of thousands of uncounted residents.

Today in History

Oct 23, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. There are 69 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers. 

  • New Mexico diocese to cease Sunday Mass amid virus surge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States will again be foregoing Sunday Mass indefinitely as New Mexico marks its latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Archbishop John C. Wester is directing churches within the northern New Mexico diocese to cease regular Mass schedules after Sunday until further notice. He's encouraging Masses to be streamed via the internet or recorded so that they may be accessed by people at home.

  • ELECTION 2020-COWBOYS FOR TRUMP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Time is running out before Election Day as New Mexico election regulators push the political support group Cowboys for Trump to disclosure its financial backers. The horseback-riding, New Mexico-based support group for President Donald Trump urged a judge on Wednesday not to dismiss its lawsuit challenging state financial disclosure requirements. A trial could stretch into late 2021. The group was co-founded by Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin.

  • ELECTION 2020-COWBOYS FOR TRUMP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Time is running out before Election Day as New Mexico election regulators push the political support group Cowboys for Trump to disclosure its financial backers. The horseback-riding, New Mexico-based support group for President Donald Trump urged a judge on Wednesday not to dismiss its lawsuit challenging state financial disclosure requirements. A trial could stretch into late 2021. The group was co-founded by Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin.

Watchdogs push New Mexico to limit US nuclear waste dump

Oct 22, 2020

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are reviewing an application from the federal government to renew its permit to operate the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. It will be next year before a final decision made, but watchdog groups raised concerns with state lawmakers during a meeting Wednesday. They say the U.S. Energy Department wants to make operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant open-ended, removing any reference in the permit to 2024 as the date when closure and decommissioning were supposed to start.

Today in History

Oct 22, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2020. There are 70 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Oct. 22, 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. 

  • Watchdog group cites interference at polls in Latino areas

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights group says that caravans of flag-waving President Donald Trump supporters appeared to obstruct and intimidate voters at two polling location in predominantly ethnic-minority neighborhoods last weekend in the Albuquerque area. Common Cause New Mexico Director Heather Ferguson said Wednesday that the incidents took place on the first day of balloting at voter convenience centers in the South Valley area and the western reaches of Central Avenue.

  • RENEWABLE ENERGY-MERGER

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The parent company of New Mexico's largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola's global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources. Officials say the transaction is part of Iberdrola's strategy for investing in regions where regulations related to renewable energy are stable and offer opportunities for growth.

  • Border Patrol agent impersonator in New Mexico gets prison

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man in New Mexico has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent. Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie received a 21-month prison term after being convicted in the case in March. Court records show Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who camped at the border in Dona Ana County.

Today in History

Oct 21, 2020

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, the 295th day of 2020. There are 71 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. 

  • Border Patrol agent impersonator in New Mexico gets prison

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man in New Mexico has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent. Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie received a 21-month prison term after being convicted in the case in March. Court records show Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who camped at the border in Dona Ana County.

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