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FILE - This Feb. 14, 2019, file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone at a news conference in Phoenix. A report on traffic enforcement by sheriff's deputies in metro Phoenix during 2019 has found that stops of Hispanic and black drivers were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was required to produce the study as one of the remedies to a 2013 ruling that concluded its officers had racially profiled Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sheriff’s office in Phoenix dogged by racial bias questions

May. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Traffic stops of Hispanic and black drivers in metro Phoenix were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers, according to a report on traffic enforcement by sheriff’s deputies during 2019. The report released Wednesday echoes conclusions from past...

SUNY appoints Purchase College's first Hispanic president

May. 29, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Trustees of the nation’s largest university system on Friday appointed the first Hispanic, female president to lead one of its top-rated colleges. The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Milagros “Milly” Peña as the new...

Minorities appear to be hardest-hit by virus in Nebraska

May. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic appears to be taking a “startling,” disproportionate toll on Nebraska's Hispanic, Asian and black residents, a top health administrator said Friday. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith made the comments as the state...

Latinos increasingly affected by COVID-19 in rural Idaho

May. 29, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New data shows a recent spike in coronavirus cases has hit Latinos in rural Idaho, an already disproportionately affected community that makes up a third of the state's cases where the race is known. Data collected from all seven Idaho public health districts has shown a majority of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, speaks at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Cortex Masto said in a statement that she supports the former vice president and will work tirelessly to get him elected but does not want to join the presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws name from Biden VP consideration

May. 28, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Cortez Masto, who in 2016 became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, said in a statement that she supports the...

Arkansas hits new 1-day record in virus cases, 5 more deaths

May. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reached another one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a spike health officials said was driven by the state's northwest region. The Health Department said at least 6,538 people tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, an increase over the 6,277...

In this March 7, 2020, photo, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe speaks to local Democratic delegates at a preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M. Leger Fernandez is one of seven contenders for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's June 2 primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the 3rd Congressional District as he runs for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

May. 27, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and son of former Interior Secretary and conservationist Stewart...

New Orleans: Concern over coronavirus in Hispanic community

May. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are sounding the alarm after data from neighborhood testing showed that the city's Hispanic community is being disproportionately infected with the coronavirus. The city's health director, Jennifer Avegno, said that officials had analyzed the roughly 5,000 tests...

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland of Albuquerque, N.M., seeks support from local party delegates at the Democratic Party preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Candidates for open congressional and Senate seats underwent the first test of their political might as the Democratic and Republican parties of New Mexico held statewide conventions. The conventions decide the ballot order for candidates in the state's primary election on June 2. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico may elect historic all-female US House delegation

May. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have a chance this year to send a historic all-female U.S. House delegation to Congress, no matter which party wins races. And the state’s three congresswomen may be all women of color — another national milestone. Women are seeking the Democratic and...

Judge won't reconsider lawsuit brought by Madigan opponent

May. 24, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic primary. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly denied a motion Saturday to reconsider an August decision on a lawsuit...