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In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Hopefuls in key US House race in New Mexico OK 2 debates

Aug. 14, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Republican challenger Yvette Herrell have agreed to at least two televised debates in a closely watched race in southern New Mexico. And they may be looking for more. Torres Small and Herrell said this week they agreed to participate in...

New Mexico aims to keep daily COVID-19 case count in check

Aug. 14, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Friday reported an additional 175 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 23,160 since the pandemic began. The tally marks another day of lower daily case counts as state health officials look to keep the numbers from spiking again. Two of the state's more...

New Mexico retirement board to study investment policies

Aug. 14, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Policies that guide pension investments for New Mexico teachers and other educational retirees would have to change if the Educational Retirement Board wants to divest in private prison companies or other individual stocks it disapproves of for social reasons, legal and fiscal...

Members appointed to New Mexico's new civil rights panel

Aug. 14, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Civil Rights Commission is now fully staffed following an announcement Friday from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that she has named the final three members of the nine-member group. The panel was created through legislation in June during a special session that focused...

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 Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Gabriela Campos/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

New Mexico governor warns of family, Labor Day gatherings

Aug. 13, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned Thursday that family gatherings and long holiday weekends have been a source of infection for many New Mexicans who have contracted COVID-19 and that they make for the worst possible situation as health officials look to reduce the spread of the...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

Excessive heat to bake US Southwest through coming weekend

Aug. 13, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Excessive heat is expected across the U.S. Southwest into early next week, with forecasters warning of temperatures over 110 degrees (43.3 Celcius) in desert cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. High temperatures are expected to be be the norm through Monday across much of Arizona, and the...

Project will bring drinking water to New Mexico pueblos

Aug. 13, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

POJOAQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Work has started on a project that will bring drinking water to residents of four northern New Mexico pueblos as part of a settlement that ended a decades-long fight over water rights. Federal officials said construction on the Pojoaque Basin regional water system began this...