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Dana Renner continues to hand out five pack bags of masks to residents Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the Lee County Multipurpose Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. The center has over 16,000 masks to give and will continue the give away each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday. This give-away is in response to the county seat, Tupelo, now requiring masks inside businesses and other buildings open to the public.(Thomas Wells/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Via AP)

The Latest: Navajo Nation reports 47 new cases, no deaths

Jul. 14, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has reported 47 new cases of the coronavirus and no additional deaths. The latest positive cases of COVID-19 on the sprawling reservation bring the total number to 8,290. The death toll remains at 401 people. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said Tuesday that while...

New Mexico COVID-19 death toll tops 550

Jul. 14, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 227 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 15,500 since the coronavirus outbreak began. The latest figures show Bernalillo County, which includes the state’s most populous metro area, added...

In this Aug. 10, 2018, photo provided by Anderson Gould Jr. hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance performs at the

World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies

Jul. 14, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who traveled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach youth dancers, has died at age 30. LaRance, who was Tewa, Hopi, Navajo and Assiniboine, died Sunday after he accidentally fell from a bridge in New Mexico's Rio Arriba County, said...

New Mexico Supreme Court limits shielding of police records

Jul. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's open records law doesn’t create a blanket exception for shielding law enforcement records that are related to an ongoing criminal investigation, the New Mexico Supreme Court said Tuesday. The court's unanimous decision came in a case involving a records request by...

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 judge delays trial over attorney's virus exposure

Jul. 14, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge postponed a murder trial after learning a defense attorney was in contact with people who contracted COVID-19. District Judge Maria Sanchez-Gagne called a mistrial Monday after learning of the contact involving the attorney for defendant Mark Hice, The Santa Fe New...

Pilot successfully ejects when F-16 crashes while landing

Jul. 14, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The pilot of an F-16C jet fighter sucessfully ejected and suffered minor injuries when the single-engine aircraft crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico, base officials said. A board of officers will investigate the crash that ocurred Monday evening,...

Man accused of killing dad to be jailed as he awaits trial

Jul. 14, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his father will remain jailed as he awaits trial. Lucas Daniel Gonzalez, 27, was denied bond Monday because he was found to be a danger to the community. Gonzalez is charged with killing his...

Study points to smaller effects of wildfire smoke on warming

Jul. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may contribute less to warming temperatures than previously thought, according to the findings of a Los Alamos National Laboratory-led research team. The researchers in a paper released in a scientific journal last week reported that as...

In this May 8, 2020, photo, medical staff from Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital including Caleb Lauber, center, hold a protest over working conditions and depleted staff in Gallup, N.M. Many nurses and doctors say staffing at the hospital was inadequate because of hospital CEO David Conejo's move to cut back on nurses in the first week of March to offset declining hospital revenues after elective surgeries were suspended. They voiced their discontent at the recent protest calling for his resignation. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Troubled New Mexico hospital near Navajo Nation eyes regroup

Jul. 14, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico hospital on the edge of the Navajo Nation and that became overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic is trying to regroup with new leadership. The incoming leadership team at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup is promising transparency after years of alleged...