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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican House Minority Whip Rod Montoya says New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's changes on student testing are confusing educators.Montoya said Tuesday that the Democratic governor's move to rid the state of the current statewide standardized testing system with a transition test is hurting efforts to hold schools accountable.

Researchers compile body scans for new database

6 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers are converting thousands of full-body scans done by the state Office of the Medical Investigator as part of an effort to build a searchable database that can help anthropologists, criminal investigators and others.The project is being funded by a $702,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.New Mexico has the only medical examiner's office in the U.S. that routinely makes CT scans of nearly every individual whose death is investigated.

Shutdown-related unemployment cases surge in New Mexico

6 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,300 furloughed federal workers in New Mexico have applied for unemployment benefits that would act as a short-term loan.State Workforce Solutions Department Secretary Bill McCamley on Tuesday said the benefit applicants are among an estimated 7,500 federal workers directly affected in New Mexico by the partial government shutdown. A large portion of those workers are employed by the U.S.

New Mexico lawmakers divided on fast-track bills

6 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham is urging lawmakers to quickly send her noncontroversial bills to sign that were blocked by her Republican predecessor.Lujan Grisham on Tuesday encouraged lawmakers to use a so-called rocket docket to speed widely supported bills through the legislative process with fewer committee hearings.

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports WriterSAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State made New Mexico pay for playing zone defense the whole game.Once again needing a pick-me-up after a tough loss, the Aztecs got it by beating the Lobos 97-77 on Tuesday night.Jalen McDaniels had 24 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Aguek Arop made a 65-foot shot at the halftime buzzer and Devin Watson made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half.Watson finished with 21 points, freshman Nathan Mensah had 16 and Arop and Jordan Schakel 10 each for SDSU (10-7, 2-2 Mountain West).SDSU's 30 assists were i

New Mexico governor seeks funding for universal preschool

18 hours ago

By MORGAN LEE and RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's first State of the State address (all times local):4:15 p.m.GOP New Mexico Rep. Alonzo Baldonado says Republicans are taking a "wait and see" approach to the education proposals outlined by Democratic Gov.

New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

18 hours ago

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated PressRENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S.

Report: New Mexico remains 48th in nation in child poverty

18 hours ago

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New Mexico Legislature takes on new political landscape

Jan 15, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov.

New Mexico Legislature proposes teacher pay increases

Jan 15, 2019

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe has announced a series of temporary changes at Mass amid widespread flu outbreaks and high Influenza-like illnesses in New Mexico.The archdiocese said Monday that it is encouraging parishioners to nod and avoid shaking hands or hugging during the Sign of Peace.In addition, church officials are asking parishioners not to hold hands when praying the Our Father.Church officials also are asking those who are sick, sneezing or coughing to watch Sunday Mass at home on TV.New Mexico is one of the states listed by the U.S.

New Mexico Legislature proposes teacher pay increases

Jan 15, 2019

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

New Mexico Legislature proposes teacher pay increases

Jan 14, 2019

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only commuter rail line has marked another year of shrinking ridership, and a legislative report released Monday suggests targeted improvements in infrastructure, shorter travel times and a moratorium on any new stations could help reverse the trend.The report was reviewed by members of the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting ahead of the start of the 60-day legislative session.

Santa Fe archbishop pledges to open priest abuse records

Jan 14, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the largest Roman Catholic diocese in New Mexico has pledged to open sealed records related to priest child sexual abuse cases as victims, attorneys and others push for more transparency.Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester agreed to the disclosure as he and two other top church officials were questioned last week under oath as part of bankruptcy court proceedings.

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2 dead in shooting outside Albuquerque gas station

Jan 14, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating an overnight shooting outside a gas station that has left two men dead.Police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos Jr. said officers responded early Monday to reports of shots fired at a Circle K.He says the arriving officers found two men in the parking lot with gunshot wounds.One was pronounced dead at the scene. The other later died at a hospital.Authorities had no information about a suspect.Gallegos says the assailant had fled by the time officers arrived.No details about the victims or a possible motive were given. 

No ID yet after human remains found in Taos-area home fire

Jan 13, 2019

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 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man says his landscaper requested permission to bury a cat in his backyard, but police looking for the landscaper's missing 1-year-old daughter found her body instead.Thomas Dunn told KOAT-TV that 26-year-old David Zuber called in late December and said he needed to bury a cat.

Panel chooses finalists for New Mexico Court of Appeals

Jan 13, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nominating panel has chosen six finalists whose names will be forwarded to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she prepares to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.The nominating commission met Friday in Santa Fe to evaluate nine candidates who submitted applications for the post.The finalists include William Daniel Slease, chief disciplinary counsel for the state Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts Director Arthur Pepin and Santa Fe attorney Jane Bloom Yohalem.

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

Jan 13, 2019

By SALLY HO and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Riding the momentum from November's elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals.In his initial actions, newly elected California Gov.

New Mexico lawmakers to focus on public education overhaul

Jan 13, 2019

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An overhaul of New Mexico's struggling public education system is at the forefront of legislative priorities as an expanded Democratic majority arrives at the state Capitol for a 60-day session on Tuesday.The inauguration of Democratic Gov.

Edwards leads Colorado St past New Mexico 91-76

Jan 13, 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Hyron Edwards scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Colorado State rolled to a 91-76 victory over New Mexico on Saturday.Nico Carvacho finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Rams (7-10, 2-2 Mountain West Conference), while freshman Adam Thistlewood hit four 3-pointers and scored 16. J.D. Paige pitched in with 14 points and six assists and Logan Ryan scored 12 on 4-of-4 shooting from both the floor and free-throw line.Colorado State shot 56 percent from the floor, 47 percent from distance and sank 20 of 25 foul shots.

Saturday's Scores

Jan 12, 2019

 By The Associated Press 

BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Artesia 61, Los Alamos 33

Loving 64, Goddard 58

Lovington 48, Aztec 42

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Carlsbad 45, Portales 33

Farmington 55, Tohatchi 51

Gallup 75, Pojoaque 48

Navajo Pine 53, East Mountain 32

Robertson 73, Newcomb 40

Santa Fe Indian 56, Sandia Prep 27

Zuni 48, Rehoboth 37

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Some high school basketball scores provided by Scorestream.com, https://scorestream.com/

Brown, New Mexico St. rally to beat CSU Bakersfield 73-62

Jan 12, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Terrell Brown scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to help New Mexico State overcome a 12-point deficit and beat CSU Bakersfield 73-62 on Saturday.Brown finished with a season-high eight rebounds, and made 4 of 6 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

New Mexico lawmakers to focus on public education overhaul

Jan 12, 2019

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An overhaul of New Mexico's struggling public education system is at the forefront of legislative priorities as an expanded Democratic majority arrives at the state Capitol for a 60-day session on Tuesday.The inauguration of Democratic Gov.

US Rep. Torres Small asks for pay withheld amid shutdown

Jan 12, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Xochitl (ZOH'-cheel) Torres Small of New Mexico is asking for her pay to be withheld until the federal government shutdown ends.The Democratic freshmen congresswoman posted on Twitter a letter she wrote to the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is prohibiting people from carrying guns in the House gallery during Tuesday's opening session Tuesday and any other joint sessions of the two legislative chambers.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a legislative committee's approval of the ban follows expressions of concern by top House and Senate leaders regarding mass shootings around the nation.The House Gallery overlooks the chamber floor where Gov.

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