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In this March 5, 2020, photo, Antonio Valenzuela's daughters, flanked by friends, kneel, at the spot their father died during an altercation with Las Cruces police on Feb. 29, 2020. An agreement announced Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, between the city of Las Cruces and a lawyer for Valenzuela's family requires the city to provide racial bias training for police and require officers to intervene in possible excessive force episodes following Valenzuela's choking death. (Bethany Freudenthal/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico city agrees to police reforms in choke settlement

Aug. 14, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

A New Mexico city will seek to adopt racial bias training for police and may require officers to intervene in possible excessive force episodes following the choking death of a Latino man, according to an agreement in a lawsuit announced Thursday. The deal between the city of Las Cruces and a lawyer for the...

Report: New Mexico State faculty consider unionizing

Aug. 14, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University faculty members are considering whether to form a union after President John Floros said faculty cuts were likely as a result of budget cuts, a newspaper reported. The interest came days after Floros said the university would “keep the best people,...

New Mexico State University announces likely faculty cuts

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University said there will likely be faculty cuts because of a reduced budget induced by the coronavirus pandemic. University regents approved a 10.5% budget reduction to the main campus in July. Every department at the university must submit plans for a 6%, 9% and...

In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, photo, a hand-painted sign at a post office keeps score of the COVID-19 cases and deaths in the village of Truchas, New Mexico. Nearby wilderness areas and logging roads have allowed residents to hunker down with family cookouts and outdoor recreation. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

School year begins for some New Mexico districts

Aug. 12, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The school year is underway at some of New Mexico’s largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albuquerque Public Schools started Wednesday as schools in the district have been busy distributing...

International Mariachi Conference to go virtual amid virus

Aug. 10, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference decided to gather online as cases of COVID-19...

Onate High School is pictured in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on June 17, 2020. The Las Cruces School Board voted Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to drop the name of Don Juan de Onate y Salazar from a high school in southern New Mexico after years of pressure and amid a movement to reexamine the Spanish colonial past in the American Southwest. (Nathan J. Fish/Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

New Mexico school officially dumps Spanish conquistador name

Aug. 6, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico school district blocked efforts Tuesday to repeal a vote to change the name of a high school named after a brutal Spanish conquistador. After hours of debate and a dizzying display of parliamentary procedure, the Las Cruces School Board did not take a vote to...

Complaint: Spaceport America CEO abused authority on money

Aug. 3, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A whistleblower complaint says the CEO of New Mexico’s commercial spacecraft launch facility pressured the former chief financial officer to circumvent internal financial controls and accounting protocol. The complaint obtained through a public records request says Spaceport...

Man sought on Virginia homicide warrant nabbed in New Mexico

Aug. 2, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man being sought on a Virginia homicide warrant has been arrested in New Mexico. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 25 checkpoint north of Las Cruces apprehended 20-year-old Abel Alexander Castro Juarez on Friday night. Authorities said commercial bus traveling north...

Doña Ana Sheriff slams ex-deputy in evidence hoarding case

Aug. 1, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A county sheriff in southern New Mexico has criticized a former deputy after boxes containing police evidence and case files were found in the deputy's foreclosed home. Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart called it a failure in leadership while speaking at a press conference...

Troubled Las Cruces police gets new interim chief

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The troubled Las Cruces Police Department is getting a new interim police chief. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Deputy Chief of Administrative Support Services Miguel Dominguez was named Thursday interim chief and will serve until the city permanently fills the position this fall....