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Border Patrol agent impersonator in New Mexico gets prison

Oct. 21, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man in New Mexico has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent. Prosecutors said 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie received a 21-month prison term after being convicted in the case in March. Court records show Benvie was a...

New Mexico Supreme Court seeks members for equity commission

Oct. 21, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is looking for people to serve on a newly created commission on equity and justice. An order issued Monday formally established the commission and outlined the framework for its membership. The panel will study issues related to bias and inequities in the...

New Mexico court upholds former officer's murder conviction

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a former Silver City police officer in the killing of his estranged wife amid a contentious divorce and child-custody case. The court's ruling Monday said the trial court properly allowed admission of...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 in New Mexico iin Santa Fe, N.M. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Business mandates mount as New Mexico deals with virus surge

Oct. 20, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday unveiled more requirements for businesses after a string of record-breaking daily case counts prompted renewed restrictions just last week. Starting Friday, restaurants, breweries, retail stores, gyms and other businesses will be...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Employees unionize at upstart Meow Wolf arts venue

Oct. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project have approved the formation of a labor union under the Communications Workers of America umbrella. Meow Wolf employee Michael Wilson said Tuesday that the move to unionize was approved by a majority of 130 eligible,...

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows SpaceShipTwo Unity being released from the carrier mothership, VMS Eve for second successful glide flight in New Mexico on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Virgin Galactic is celebrating the second successful glide flight of its spaceship over Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Window opens for Virgin Galactic's final round of testing

Oct. 20, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft opens later this week as the company inches toward commercial flights. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday. He said...

New Mexico high court OKs rule changes on pretrial detention

Oct. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved rule changes that court officials say will enhance public safety by helping prosecutors assess whether certain felony defendants are dangerous and should be kept in jail while awaiting trial. The justices approved the changes last week, the...

Netflix halts production in New Mexico amid virus cases

Oct. 20, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has halted production of its Western film “The Harder They Fall” after at least two people on the set tested positive for the coronavirus while working in New Mexico. The production did not identify the people infected with the virus, and declined to comment...

A damaged campaign sign for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small sits in front of the Wild West Ski Shop in Ruidoso, N.M., on Oct. 6, 2020. New Mexico is on the verge of electing the nation's largest all-female of color U.S. House delegation but the close race in the state's southern district, where Ruidoso sits, is grabbing the most attention. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

GOP mayor endorses Torres Small in close US House race

Oct. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Republican mayor of a southern New Mexico city is throwing his support behind Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for re-election, according to a new ad released Tuesday. The ad by the Torres Small’s campaign highlights Republican Deming Mayor Benny Jasso endorsing the...

New Mexico waives job search requirements amid pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The spike in reported COVID-19 infections has prompted New Mexico labor officials to continue waiving until further notice job search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits. The Department of Workforce Solutions made the announcement Monday on its website, reversing...