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People protesting the health orders of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stand outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Capitol, which houses the offices of the governor and the legislature, was closed to the public at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators are meeting Tuesday to pass an economic relief bill. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico ranks high for coronavirus diagnosis rates

Nov. 29, 2020 6:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A rolling average of daily statewide deaths from the coronavirus has surpassed 25 as New Mexico nears the end of a two-week period of heightened restrictions. Virus-related deaths on Sunday included 60-year-old middle school teacher Sylvia Garcia of the Las Cruces area. Las Cruces...

New Mexico to require details of water for oil well drilling

Nov. 29, 2020 5:00 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas operators will be required to report the amount and quality of water used to drill wells, officials said. The data collection is an attempt by state agencies to scrutinize water use across New Mexico’s economic sectors, the Albuquerque Journal reported...

In this Nov. 21, 2020, photo, kindergarten teacher Suzette Haywood is pictured in front of Highland Elementary School in Las Cruces, N.M. Haywood, 53, has spent her 29 years of teaching between New Mexico, Virginia and Alaska. She began her career in Las Cruces and moved back to her hometown to teach kindergarten at Highland Elementary School this year. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

Las Cruces kindergarten teacher keeps students motivated

Nov. 29, 2020 12:11 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Suzette Haywood intended to retire from her career as a teacher last year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic caused education to practically be turned upside down, she knew she couldn’t call it quits. “I didn’t want to end on that kind of a note,” Haywood...

US Air Force gunship training unit to relocate to New Mexico

Nov. 29, 2020 11:20 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has selected a base in New Mexico as the future home for its AC-130J aircraft and training force. Officials say Kirtland Air Force Base is their preferred site for the relocation of the Ghostrider Formal Training Unit since it would allow for training to be...

New Mexico authorities to crack down on drunken drivers

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities will be cracking down on drunken drivers throughout the month of December. State police issued the warning this week, saying sobriety checkpoints will be set up around the state. Officers also will be asking for driver’s licenses, vehicle registration...

FILE - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks during a news conference about the state's response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Denver.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Nov. 28, 2020 8:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are spending the...

New Mexico reports 2,142 additional COVID cases, 23 deaths

Nov. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday reported 2,142 additional known COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths. The statewide totals increased to 93,982 cases and 1,527 deaths. Friday saw New Mexico report a daily record 35 deaths. The previous record was 33 set Nov. 22. The number of people hospitalized...

Archdiocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico cuts 20 positions

Nov. 28, 2020 3:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico is cutting 20 positions and ending publication of its “People of God” magazine. Archbishop John C. Wester announced the layoffs in a letter to parishioners on Monday. “It is impossible to put into words just how much...

New Mexico university to offer industrial hemp certificate

Nov. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico Highlands University have approved a new program that will offer students a certificate in industrial hemp entrepreneurship. Approval came earlier this month, but school officials say the program must still go through any required state and accreditor reviews....

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.