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New Mexico lawmakers urge caution amid deep financial hole

Jul. 14, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is going to have to dig out of a deep financial hole as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as gross receipts crater and a significant number of workers have been forced to seek jobless benefits, said one of the state's top lawmakers. Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks about the uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state and her decision to hold off on opening more of the economy during a news conference at the state Capitol on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico restaurants bristle at rolling back indoor dining

Jul. 13, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s revamped public health order took effect Monday, and some restaurant owners aren’t happy that they have been ordered to roll back indoor dining. The owners say they have gone to great lengths to make their establishments safe and that the...

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office is Steven Ray Baca. New Mexico prosecutors on Monday, July 13, 2020, amended the complaint against a man who they say opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador, charging him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after one protester was shot and injured. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said he added the charge because he believed Baca had repeatedly provoked protesters before the shooting. He cited video and witness statements collected as part of an investigation by state police into the June 15 confrontation. (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

New Mexico man facing new charge related to protest melee

Jul. 13, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prosecutors on Monday amended a complaint against a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador, charging him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after one protester was shot and injured....

In this photo provided by the Billy The Kid Museum, a sign stands outside the museum in Fort Sumner, N.M., in De Baca county, Thursday, July 9, 2020. De Baca is one of two counties in the state where no coronavirus cases have been confirmed. “Most everybody tries to respect each other’s space,” says Tim Sweet, who runs the museum. (Tim Sweet/Billy The Kid Museum via AP)

Walmart ordered to close after 4 workers test positive

Jul. 11, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico work safety regulators Saturday ordered Walmart to close a store in Las Cruces, after four employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks, the New Mexico Environment Department said. A “notice of imminent endangerment" issued by the Occupational and...

The Fort Union Drive-In in Las Vegas, N.M, is shown as an audience watches the movie

Drive-in in New Mexico offering vintage feel amid COVID-19

Jul. 11, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Judy Gonzales and Kathy Ortiz first pulled into the Fort Union Drive-In back in the early 1990s — and then made a habit of it. These days, they head to the outdoor movie theater with Ortiz’s grandson, Seth Gomez. On a recent Friday night, the three of them curled up in...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testifies during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, known as Operation Warp Speed, July 2, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President Donald Trump convened a recent coronavirus roundtable on how to safely reopen schools, the seats surrounding him were filled with parents, teachers and local health officials. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was relegated to secondary seating on the side. It was a telling indication of how Trump has sidelined and undercut federal health experts. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

Trump undercuts health experts — again — in schools debate

Jul. 10, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House seating chart spoke volumes. When the president convened a roundtable this week on how to safely reopen schools with coronavirus cases rising, the seats surrounding him were filled with parents, teachers and top White House officials, including the first and second ladies....

In this photo provided by the Billy The Kid Museum, a sign stands outside the museum in Fort Sumner, N.M., in De Baca county, Thursday, July 9, 2020. De Baca is one of two counties in the state where no coronavirus cases have been confirmed. “Most everybody tries to respect each other’s space,” says Tim Sweet, who runs the museum. (Tim Sweet/Billy The Kid Museum via AP)

No COVID-19 around these parts, for 1 New Mexico county

Jul. 10, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases increase across the Southwest, and New Mexico adds new restrictions to a public health order, there are still communities where not a single resident has tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two rural New Mexico counties had not had a single...

Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran, right, speaks on a radio flanked by Yeoman Gaoler Jim Duncan as they stand next to the gates at the main entrance before opening to visitors at the Tower of London, in London, Friday, July 10, 2020. The Tower of London reopened to visitors Friday as the British government continues to relax its coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Retail bankruptcy filings keep coming, coffee habits change

Jul. 10, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL: — Clothing company Express has reopened about 95% of...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...