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Albuquerque zoo to partially reopen after pandemic closure

Aug. 5, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

Albuquerque zoo's will partially reopen next week to visitors wearing face masks or other face coverings after being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Outdoor exhibitis of the ABQ BioPark Zoo will reopen Aug. 12 but indoor facilities such as the reptile and crocodile buildings will remain closed...

New Mexico Holocaust Museum hit by vandalism

Aug. 5, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vandals damaged the New Mexico Holocaust Museum and Gellert Center for Education on Thursday just as the burial of congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis was being televised from Atlanta. Museum executive director Leon Natker told the Albuquerque Journal the large window of...

Candles melt in the sun at an impromptu memorial for Fedonta

Document sheds light on shooting death of basketball recruit

Aug. 5, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — College basketball recruit Fedonta White pleaded with friends to help him survive after being shot in an altercation at a house party on the outskirts of Santa Fe. He also named the person who shot him before departing for a hospital where he would die, according to a summary of...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., about a GOP challenge to the way the state is counting absentee ballots. Three Republican hopefuls seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Ex-New Mexico Democratic congressman backs GOP candidate

Aug. 4, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Republican seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in a crucial House seat in New Mexico picked up an endorsement Tuesday from a former Democratic congressman. Former U.S. Rep. Harry Teague, who once held Torres Small’s seat, said in a statement that he...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Court upholds health order fines for New Mexico businesses

Aug. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld the governor's authority to fine businesses up to $5,000 a day for violating state emergency health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. The court heard arguments from a group of business owners who claimed the...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico sees 214 new confirmed virus cases, 21,340 total

Aug. 4, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state health officials say the state has 214 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 21,340. The state Department of Health said Tuesday that three more people have died from the novel coronavirus. Officials say 658 have died from COVID-19 in the state....

Oil refinery in Gallup planning to close by end of this year

Aug. 4, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An oil refinery that halted operations when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit New Mexico plans to permanently close by the end of this year. Albuquerque TV station KRQE reports Marathon Petroleum, which owns the oil refinery and employs about 220 people, told workers of the pending...

New Mexico man convicted of killing girl loses appeal bid

Aug. 4, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man serving a life sentence for kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl in 2016 had his appeal dismissed after a judge ruled that he failed to file his motion in time. Tom Begaye Jr. was sentenced in 2017 to life in prison with no possibility of parole after he...

Police: Man, 83, suspected of shooting wife, killing himself

Aug. 4, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Police in southern New Mexico say they believe an 83-year-old fatally shot his wife before killing himself. The Deming Headlight reports Gerard McDonough was found dead early Thursday after he reportedly called 911 to say he shot his wife, Diane McDonough. Officers arrived at their...