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New Mexico groups to get $9.4M in public housing grants

Feb. 19, 2020 12:04 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than two dozen organizations around New Mexico will share $9.4 million in grant funding to improve public housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the funding Tuesday, saying more than $2.7 billion was awarded nationally. The grants can be used...

Community forum to focus on cleanup at Los Alamos lab

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The cleanup of decades-old contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the focus of an upcoming community forum. Federal environmental officials with the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that runs the lab will be hosting Wednesday evening's event in Los Alamos,...

Harris helps lift Nevada over New Mexico 88-74

Feb. 19, 2020 12:00 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sparked by another standout game from Jalen Harris, who scored 26 with nine rebounds, Nevada beat New Mexico 88-74 on Tuesday night. It was a game that marked the first return to the Pit of former Lobos coaches Steve Alford, who left New Mexico to coach UCLA before ending up at...

New Mexico forms advisory panel on early childhood education

Feb. 19, 2020 12:00 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Early Childhood Education and Care Department is looking for community members, teachers and other experts to serve on a new advisory council. The department announced the formation of the panel Tuesday, saying the state has extraordinary educational leaders and the...

Effort to revamp utility regulation stalls in Senate

Feb. 18, 2020 10:35 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would reshape the administrative structure of a powerful regulatory panel that oversees New Mexico utilities and other businesses was derailed in the Senate on Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about maintaining the separation of powers between...

Man arrested in death of young boy at Albuquerque apartment

Feb. 18, 2020 9:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested a man suspected in the death of a young boy at a southeast Albuquerque apartment complex last year. They say Zerrick Marquez was taken into custody Tuesday and is being held on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death in the Dec. 10 death of...

New Mexico House opts to limit trafficking of wildlife parts

Feb. 18, 2020 7:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved legislation that establishes penalties for people who knowingly buy or sell endangered wildlife parts and products. The measure won final legislative approval Tuesday with a 42-22 vote in the House and now goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her...

New Mexico state senators back tuition-free college plan

Feb. 18, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revisions to New Mexico's budget plan released Tuesday would set aside money for the governor's tuition-free college initiative and dial back average teacher raises to 4% instead of 5% as originally proposed. The Senate's spending measure increases general fund spending by $536...

New Mexico OK's trust fund for early childhood initiatives

Feb. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that she says will clear the way for a monumental investment in the health, education and well-being of the state's youngest children. The creation of the early childhood trust fund was among the Democratic governor's top...

Las Cruces man gets prison term for child abuse, sex crimes

Feb. 18, 2020 4:32 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 141 years in prison for child abuse and sexual contact involving a minor. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Juan Villalobos-Diaz was convicted at a jury trial on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under age 13, multiple counts of...