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  • EDUCATION FUNDING-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over how to use New Mexico's unique endowment is heating up. A proposal in the Senate would give voters the chance to approve an increase in withdrawals from the $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to invest in universal pre-K, infant and toddler care along with optional home visits for new parents. Supporters of the measure believe a 1% investment in young children now will pay dividends in reducing poverty and increasing education outcomes down the road.

  • EDUCATION FUNDING-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over how to use New Mexico's unique endowment is heating up. A proposal in the Senate would give voters the chance to approve an increase in withdrawals from the $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to invest in universal pre-K, infant and toddler care along with optional home visits for new parents. Supporters of the measure believe a 1% investment in young children now will pay dividends in reducing poverty and increasing education outcomes down the road.

  • AP-US-ENDANGERED-WOLVES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Once on the verge of extinction, the rarest subspecies of the gray wolf in North America has seen its population nearly double over the last five years. U.S. wildlife managers said Friday the latest survey shows there are now at least 186 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks the fifth straight year that the endangered species has increased its numbers. Reintroduction of Mexican wolves to the American Southwest began more than two decades ago.

  • AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ONE-YEAR-DISTANCE-LEARNING

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — At first, many schools announced it would last only a couple weeks. A year later, the unplanned experiment with distance learning continues for thousands of students who have yet to set foot back in classrooms. Comfortable homes and private tutors have made it easier for those with access. Expectations are higher at some schools than others. And growing numbers of students are being offered in-person instruction at least part time.

Today in History

Mar 12, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Friday, March 12, the 71st day of 2021. There are 294 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlights in History: 

On March 12, 2020, the stock market had its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987 as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepened; the Dow industrials plunged more than 2,300 points, or 10%.

  • New Mexico officials: Lives saved amid pandemic challenges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is stronger having been through the challenges, grief and anxiety brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It has been a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In that time, New Mexico has recorded nearly 190,000 infections and more than 3,800 deaths. The governor said Thursday that the strength of health care and other front-line workers, parents, educators and others has been a source of optimism.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is stronger having been through the challenges, grief and anxiety brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It's been a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In that time, New Mexico has recorded nearly 190,000 infections and more than 3,800 deaths. The governor said Thursday that the strength of health care and other front-line workers, parents, educators and others has been a source of optimism.

  • New Mexico reflects on challenges, successes amid pandemic

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is stronger having been through the challenges, grief and anxiety brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It's been a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In that time, New Mexico has recorded nearly 190,000 infections and more than 3,800 deaths.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

Navajo Nation to allow 'soft reopening' of some businessesWINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials cited a declining number of new COVID-19 cases and other improving conditions as they announced a new public health order that will allow some businesses to reopen under certain restrictions. However, officials said a separate new health order will keep the daily curfew for residents of the tribe's reservation from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in effect. Both orders will take effect Monday.

  • Navajo Nation reports 13 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 13 additional COVID-19 cases and one more death from the virus as a downward trend in infections and hospitalizations continues. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's totals to 29,900 confirmed cases and 1,205 known deaths since the pandemic began a year ago. The Navajo Department of Health identified eight communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Policing reforms gain momentum in New Mexico

Mar 11, 2021

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers have advanced a bill toward a final Senate vote to eliminate police immunity from prosecution in state courts on civil rights violations ranging from racial discrimination to illegal search and seizure and freedom of speech violations. On a 5-4 vote Wednesday, a Senate committee endorsed the proposed New Mexico Civil Rights Act that also would apply to allegations against local government and public schools. The bill builds on recommendations from a commission chartered last year amid nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

Today in History

Mar 11, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Thursday, March 11, the 70th day of 2021. There are 295 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 11, 1918, what were believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.) 

  • Navajo Nation reports 13 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 13 additional COVID-19 cases and one more death from the virus as a downward trend in infections and hospitalizations continues. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's totals to 29,900 confirmed cases and 1,205 known deaths since the pandemic began a year ago. The Navajo Department of Health identified eight communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

  • LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO TRAPPING

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico measure that would prohibit traps, snares and wildlife poisons from being used on public land has passed the Senate. The legislation cleared the chamber late Tuesday despite four Democrats from rural areas breaking with their party and voting against it. It must still get through the House before lawmakers adjourn in less than two weeks. Environmentalists and animal advocacy groups say New Mexico needs to join neighboring states to ban what they described as cruel and outdated practices.

  • LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO TRAPPING

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico measure that would prohibit traps, snares and wildlife poisons from being used on public land has passed the Senate. The legislation cleared the chamber late Tuesday despite four Democrats from rural areas breaking with their party and voting against it. It must still get through the House before lawmakers adjourn in less than two weeks. Environmentalists and animal advocacy groups say New Mexico needs to join neighboring states to ban what they described as cruel and outdated practices.

  • AIRPORT BODIES-MANHUNT

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A search is underway for a man wanted for questioning in a homicide in New Jersey and in the slayings of four people whose bodies were found inside a vehicle parked in a New Mexico airport garage. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 47-year-old Sean Lannon. Investigators want to question Lannon about a slaying Monday in East Greenwich, New Jersey.

Today in History

Mar 10, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Wednesday, March 10, the 69th day of 2021. There are 296 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 10, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln assigned Ulysses S. Grant, who had just received his commission as lieutenant-general, to the command of the Armies of the United States. 

  • New Mexico Legislature approves liquor license overhaul

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that would overhaul state liquor regulations in an effort to invigorate the hospitality industry. The Senate voted 29-11 Tuesday to approve the bill, and the House quickly agreed to recent amendments. The measure would legalize liquor deliveries when accompanied by food and expand restaurant alcohol licenses that meet local ordinances to include not only beer and wine but also spirits with a 10 p.m. cutoff.

  • ALBUQUERQUE POLICE CHIEF

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says he went both inside the outside the Albuquerque Police Department for leadership to fight crime and reform the organization. Keller on Monday announced his selection of interim Chief Harold Medina to be the new chief and Sylvester Stanley, currently chief of Isleta Pueblo, as superintendent of police reform, a new position. Medina was named interim chief with the departure of the previous chief in late 2020.

  • HEALTH EXCHANGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House of Representatives has endorsed a tax increase that would boost subsidies for insurance coverage on the state health insurance exchange. The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham supports the bill. A similar proposal to broadly increase the surtax on insurance premiums stalled in the state Senate last year, as the federal government repealed its health care provider fee that helped support state insurance markets established under the Affordable Care Act.

Today in History

Mar 9, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Tuesday, March 9, the 68th day of 2021. There are 297 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled 7-1 in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans who were captured off the U.S. coast after seizing control of a Spanish schooner, La Amistad; the justices ruled that the Africans should be set free. 

  • New Mexico House endorses health insurance tax, subsidies

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House of Representatives has endorsed a tax increase that would boost subsidies for insurance coverage on the state health insurance exchange. The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham supports the bill.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expanding eligibility for vaccinations to all school teachers, early childhood educators and other staff. The state Health Department made the announcement Monday, saying it plans to get the group its first shots by the end of March. The state is making the move as part of a directive by the Biden administration. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state Health Secretary Dr.

  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE-JUDICIARY

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Under a bill aimed at reducing reliance on private campaign donations in the judiciary, New Mexico could become the first state to offer public campaign financing to candidates seeking to serve as judges in general jurisdiction courts that handle the bulk of criminal and civil-law trials. The bill from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth of Santa Fe and allied Sen. Katy Duhigg of Albuquerque is headed toward a likely Senate floor vote this week.

  • New Mexico reports 183 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 183 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths. The latest numbers increased the state's totals to 186,922 cases and 3,808 known deaths since the pandemic began. Bernalillo County, which includes metro Albuquerque, had 54 of the latest cases.

Today in History

Mar 8, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Monday, March 8, the 67th day of 2021. There are 298 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, setting off a massive and ultimately unsuccessful search.

  • New Mexico reports 183 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 183 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths. The latest numbers increased the state's totals to 186,922 cases and 3,808 known deaths since the pandemic began. Bernalillo County, which includes metro Albuquerque, had 54 of the latest cases.

  • JUVENILE KILLED-HOMICIDE CASE

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Valencia County Sheriff's officials say deputies are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy as a homicide case. They say deputies responded to multiple 911 calls around 3 p.m. Saturday about a disturbance. Deputies found the body of the boy in the front yard of a property in a Monterey Park neighborhood. The name of the boy hasn't been released.

  • VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS-NEW MEXICO

ALBQUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan were both in the razor-thin majority Saturday as the U.S. Senate approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The 50-49 vote gives President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies a victory that they say is crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums. Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week.

Today in History

Mar 7, 2021

  • Today in History 

Today is Sunday, March 7, the 66th day of 2021 There are 299 days left in the year. 

  • Today's Highlight in History: 

On March 7, 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff's posse in what came to be known as "Bloody Sunday." 

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