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Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding

Jul. 8, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle 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. Lujan...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico mandates police body cameras in wake of protests

Jul. 8, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will require that all state and local police officers wear body cameras in response to concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The reforms apply to local and state law enforcement officers with...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State's effort to limit the impact of the disease on residents, during a news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday May 27, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico court to hear arguments over public health order

Jul. 8, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide what authority the state has to enforce certain provisions of the public health orders that have stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic. Arguments will be presented during an Aug. 4 remote hearing. About a dozen business...

In this Nov. 24, 2019 photo, a sculpture of former slave and later abolitionist, writer Olaudah Equiano by London based artist Christy Symington, sits on display at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, Britain. Activists and towns in the U.S. are left wondering what to do with empty spaces that once honored historic figures tied to racism as statues and monuments fell in June 2020. The Equiano image has been suggested as a replacement. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Monuments and statues are falling. But what comes next?

Jul. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — The dusty town of Tierra Amarilla perches in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history when armed Mexican American ranchers raided a courthouse in a...

New Mexico fines Denver-based firm $5.3M for air pollution

Jul. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has fined an oil and gas company more than $5.3 million for repeated violations of state air pollution standards. DCP Midstream was issued a compliance order Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Denver-based company said DCP received the order and plans...

Police: Man detained children after mistaking pen for bullet

Jul. 8, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police said he held a group of children against their will when the thought one of them had a .50-caliber round. Police say the boy actually just had a pen. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Danny Billington was arrested last week after he waived down...

Funding approved for housing in 6 New Mexico communities

Jul. 8, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority has approved more than $74 million for eight housing developments in six communities around the state. The funding comes through the federal low-income housing tax credit program. The projects will result in more than 260 new apartments...

New Mexico utility unveils solar array to power Facebook

Jul. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The largest electric provider in New Mexico has unveiled its latest solar array, a 50-megawatt facility that was built to power Facebook's Los Lunas Data Center with renewable energy. A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Encino Solar Field, located in Sandoval...

Today in History

Jul. 8, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 8, the 190th day of 2020. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 2000, Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Black female champion at Wimbledon since Althea...

Farmington woman gets prison for running over federal lawman

Jul. 7, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington woman accused of running over a federal law enforcement officer with a vehicle was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Tuesday. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Nakrista Saiz was given a 110-month sentence for assault on a federal officer involving use of a deadly...