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In-person graduations planned amid New Mexico vaccine push

May. 12, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A year after holding only drive-thru graduations, the school district for New Mexico's second most populous city has scheduled in-person graduation ceremonies at the district's soccer stadium for its six high schools over two days later this month. ...

GOP convention moved to Texas to avoid coronavirus rules

May. 11, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party is moving their three-day convention and retreat this weekend to Amarillo, Texas, citing speakers' concerns over New Mexico's COVID-19 restrictions. Mass gatherings in New Mexico are limited to 150 people or less...

Many Las Cruces municipal employees back to in-person work

May. 08, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Many municipal employees of New Mexico's second most populous city who have worked remotely during the pandemic are back at their regular work sites. Most city workers were deemed essential and worked on site during the pandemic, but up to 40% of...

New Mexico schools begin to spend $1.5 billion pandemic aid

Apr. 29, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials have started to spend about $1.5 in pandemic relief aid set aside for them by the federal government. Around 4% or $60 million of the anticipated windfall to school districts has actually been spent, as officials...

Man arrested after girlfriend's kids give note to bus driver

Apr. 27, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence-related charges after his girlfriend asked her children to give their school bus driver a note saying she was in danger, police said Tuesday. The bus driver called 911 after being...

New Mexico high schoolers will return after 'secret prom'

Apr. 20, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High school students who attended “secret proms” in a southern New Mexico school district won’t face disciplinary actions, and their schools will resume in-person classes sooner than previously thought, school officials said Monday. The...

The Latest: Minnesotan charged with attacks over mask demand

Apr. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege that he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store worker told him to wear a mask. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the incident...

'Secret prom' puts New Mexico school back on remote learning

Apr. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces high school returned to remote learning on Friday as the school district in New Mexico's second most populous city investigates a recent off-campus “secret prom" that officials said violated state mandates intended to curb the spread of the...

Officer killed during Feb. traffic stop had asked for rifle

Apr. 10, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Newly released information on the killing of a New Mexico State Police Officer during a Feb. 4 traffic stop indicates he was caught by surprise when a man who'd agreed to temporarily surrender a rifle instead opened fire. Omar Felix Cueva, 39, of...

New Mexico State to hold limited in-person graduation events

Mar. 31, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has said it will hold limited in-person commencement events in May in addition to its previously planned virtual ceremony for its spring graduates. Events will be held at Aggie Memorial Stadium in multiple sessions to...