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  • Albuquerque mayor seeks reelection; Could face 3 contenders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has formally declared his candidacy for reelection. The 43-year-old Albuquerque native made the announcement Monday. There are at least three possible contenders hoping to unseat Keller. Among those candidates is Nicholas Bevins, a 25-year-old grassroots activist. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III has submitted a candidate registration form for the race.

  • AIRPORT BODIES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say charges are imminent against a man suspected of killing his ex-wife and three others in New Mexico in a series of slayings that included the beating death of a New Jersey resident he claimed sexually abused him as a child. Investigators over the weekend searched a house where Sean Lannon, his ex-wife and their children were believed to have lived in Grants, New Mexico.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

The Navajo Nation has reported nine new COVID-19 cases but no new deaths, pushing the total number of cases since the pandemic past 30,000. The latest numbers released Sunday bring the tribe's pandemic total to 30,0007 confirmed cases. The number of known deaths remains 1,233. The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening last week with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions. Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain. Tribal President Jonathan Nez reiterated in a statement the importance of getting vaccinated.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 176 more confirmed COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. The latest numbers increasing the state's pandemic totals to 189,731 cases and 3,889 known deaths. Of the new cases, Bernalillo County had 56 of them with Dona Ana County having 20, Curry County 16 and Lea County 14. Bernalillo, the state's largest county that includes metro Albuquerque, had 54,052 of New Mexico's total cases since the pandemic began.

Today in History

Mar 22, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, March 22, the 81st day of 2021. There are 284 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlights in History: 

On March 22, 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state officially went into operation. 

  • New Mexico reports 176 new COVID-19 cases, but no new deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 176 more confirmed COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. The latest numbers increasing the state's pandemic totals to 189,731 cases and 3,889 known deaths. Of the new cases, Bernalillo County had 56 of them with Dona Ana County having 20, Curry County 16 and Lea County 14. Bernalillo, the state's largest county that includes metro Albuquerque, had 54,052 of New Mexico's total cases since the pandemic began.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 176 more confirmed COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths. The latest numbers increasing the state's pandemic totals to 189,731 cases and 3,889 known deaths. Of the new cases, Bernalillo County had 56 of them with Dona Ana County having 20, Curry County 16 and Lea County 14. Bernalillo, the state's largest county that includes metro Albuquerque, had 54,052 of New Mexico's total cases since the pandemic began.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

Navajo Nation reports 5 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deathsWINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported four more COVID-19 related deaths and five new cases as the total number of cases approaches the 30,000 mark since the pandemic began. The latest numbers released Saturday night pushed the tribe's pandemic total to 29,998 confirmed cases and 1,233 known deaths.

  • AIRPORT BODIES

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident he said sexually abused him as a child now claims he has killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others in New Mexico. Authorities say there is no indication his claim is true, but they will investigate. NJ.com reported that a New Jersey prosecutor alleged Friday in court that 47-year-old Sean Lannon of Grants, New Mexico, said he confessed to 16 killings in all.

Legislature delivers virus aid, civil rights; falters on pot

Mar 21, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are closing out a 60-day legislative session that charts an economic exit from the pandemic. As the session ended Saturday, progressive legislators in the Democratic majority have pushed forward policing reforms, shored up abortion rights, and approved medical aid in dying. In the final hours, lawmakers passed proposals that would guarantee paid sick leave for private-sector workers and ramp up state tax breaks for working families. Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana faltered. Gov.

Today in History

Mar 21, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Sunday, March 21, the 80th day of 2021. There are 285 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first "tweet" by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: "just setting up my twttr." 

  • Prosecutor: Man accused of 1 murder says he really killed 16

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident he said sexually abused him as a child now claims he has killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others in New Mexico. Authorities say there is no indication his claim is true, but they will investigate. NJ.com reported that a New Jersey prosecutor alleged Friday in court that 47-year-old Sean Lannon of Grants, New Mexico, said he confessed to 16 killings in all.

  • AIRPORT BODIES

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A prosecutor says a man who is accused of one killing in New Jersey and a person of interest in the deaths of his ex-wife and three other people in New Mexico has claimed responsibility for 11 other killings. NJ.com reports that assistant prosecutor Alec Gutierrez alleged Friday in court that 47-year-old Sean Lannon made the admission to a family member of 16 total killings. Authorities say there is no indication his claim is true but will investigate.

Sister Jean gets the vaccine and seat at the NCAA Tournament

Mar 20, 2021

Sister Jean Delores Schmidt, fully vaccinated and eight months past her 101st birthday, is back at the NCAA Tournament. The chaplain for Loyola Chicago's basketball team was on hand to watch her beloved Ramblers put away Georgia Tech in the tourney's first full day of action after the pandemic forced cancellation of the event last year. The time away hardly blunted its reputation for producing upsets. Lower-seeded teams won six of the 16 games played in the South and Midwest Regions, highlighted by No. 15 Oral Roberts stunning Big Ten powerhouse and No. 2 seed Ohio State. 

Today in History

Mar 20, 2021

Today in History

  • Today is Saturday, March 20, the 79th day of 2021. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:37 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. 

Today's Highlight in History: 

  • On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the deadly chemical sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo (ohm shin-ree-kyoh) cult members. 

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  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico appeared to falter in the final hours of a 60-day legislative session as the Senate postponed a floor debate and turned to other bills. Legislators had until noon Saturday to send the legalization initiative to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Advocates for marijuana reforms have clashed amid divergent approaches to complex issues of taxation, public safety, regulatory oversight and licensing rules.

  • LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators raced against the clock Friday to provide final approval to major initiatives, from increased tax breaks for working families to the final touches on a $7.45 billion budget. The state House of Representative on Friday signed off on Senate amendments to a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1. The bill increases general fund spending by nearly 5% to bolster public school education, environmental oversight and public salaries at state agencies and schools.

  • LEGISLATURE EDUCATION ROUNDUP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have advanced sweeping educational funding reforms during the legislative session. Some measures could change schools and early childhood education for decades to come, including a constitutional amendment that calls for increasing withdrawals from the $20 billion Land Grand Permanent fund. Others are short-term fixes aimed remote learning and the coronavirus, like pegging school bus budgets to pre-pandemic mileage.

  • LEGISLATURE EDUCATION ROUNDUP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have advanced sweeping educational funding reforms during the legislative session. Some measures could change schools and early childhood education for decades to come, including a constitutional amendment that calls for increasing withdrawals from the $20 billion Land Grand Permanent fund. Others are short-term fixes aimed remote learning and the coronavirus, like pegging school bus budgets to pre-pandemic mileage.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Grocery store employees, home caregivers, farm workers, other essential workers and people over 60 are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in New Mexico. The state Health Department on Friday announced it was moving to new phases in its distribution plan. The move comes as New Mexico and other states aim to meet a federal mandate of getting more people vaccinated by May.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported six more deaths and 18 new cases of COVID-19 as the total number of cases approaches the 30,000 mark since the pandemic began. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's pandemic total to 29,987 confirmed cases and 1,228 known deaths. The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening Monday with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.  Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain.

Vice president's husband touts relief package in New Mexico

Mar 19, 2021

  KEWA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris joined officials in New Mexico on Wednesday to tour a tribal vaccination clinic. Kewa Pueblo has vaccinated the majority of its tribal members. Doug Emhoff called it a vaccination model and acknowledged how hard the coronavirus has hit Native American communities. He says he was inspired by the work Kewa and other pueblos have done to bring their communities together at a trying time. Emhoff also met with four working mothers in Albuquerque and talked with them about the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Today in History

Mar 19, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, March 19, the 78th day of 2021. There are 287 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis officially began his ministry as the 266th pope, receiving the ring symbolizing the papacy and a wool stole exemplifying his role as shepherd of his 1.2-billion strong flock during a Mass at the Vatican. 

  • Navajo Nation nears 30K COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported six more deaths and 18 new cases of COVID-19 as the total number of cases approaches the 30,000 mark since the pandemic began. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's pandemic total to 29,987 confirmed cases and 1,228 known deaths. The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening Monday with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.  Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain.

  • LEGISLATURE-BURN BILL

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that will clear the way for more prescribed fires as New Mexico deals with worsening drought and climate change. The measure clarifies liability for private landowners who conduct prescribed burns. Officials with the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department say that will make it easier and more affordable for landowners to get insurance. They say similar legislation in other states has resulted in increased prescribed burning.

  • HORSE RACING-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Horse racing regulators in New Mexico have adopted several changes to the state's doping rules to align with the latest guidelines and recommendations issued by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The amendments come as tracks here and elsewhere brace for implementation next year of a new federal law that aims to set national medication and safety standards for the industry.

  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation to legalize cannabis in New Mexico advanced Thursday toward a decisive Senate floor vote under a framework that emphasizes government oversight of pricing and supplies along with social services for communities where the criminalization of pot has led to aggressive policing. The Senate judiciary committee advanced a Democrat-sponsored bill on a 5-4 vote amid stinging criticism from Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes, who fears the regulatory framework will create a powerful, government-protected monopoly.

  • MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation to legalize cannabis in New Mexico advanced Thursday toward a decisive Senate floor vote under a framework that emphasizes government oversight of pricing and supplies along with social services for communities where the criminalization of pot has led to aggressive policing. The Senate judiciary committee advanced a Democrat-sponsored bill on a 5-4 vote amid stinging criticism from Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes, who fears the regulatory framework will create a powerful, government-protected monopoly.

New Mexico pot legalization bill advances as time runs short

Mar 18, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation to legalize cannabis in New Mexico advanced Thursday toward a decisive Senate floor vote under a framework that emphasizes government oversight of pricing and supplies along with social services for communities where the criminalization of pot has led to aggressive policing. The Senate judiciary committee advanced a Democrat-sponsored bill on a 5-4 vote amid stinging criticism from Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes, who fears the regulatory framework will create a powerful, government-protected monopoly.

Today in History

Mar 18, 2021

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 18, the 77th day of 2021. There are 288 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire an attorney on their own.

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