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About a quarter of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes die, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

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  The national unemployment rate dropped in July to just over 10%, while New Mexico’s unemployment rate rose in that period to just over 12%. One reason is that people who were temporarily furloughed are now actually looking for jobs. That’s according to New Mexico Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley. He told  KUNM’s Khalil Ekulona that  while New Mexico’s unemployment trust fund will likely be depleted this month, his department has borrowed money from the federal government to extend the availability of benefits.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated issues of food access for consumers, it’s also made things more dangerous for those who grow and harvest the food we rely on. Early in the pandemic, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty wrote to the state asking leaders to make a plan to keep agricultural workers safe. KUNM’s Khalil Ekulona spoke with Felipe Guevara, a workers’ rights attorney at the center, about conditions for farm- and dairy workers before and during the pandemic.

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New Mexico’s harvest season is reaching its peak as the coronavirus continues to spread. The state’s agricultural workforce faces unique barriers to getting information about COVID-19, staying healthy, and reducing the likelihood of viral spread in their communities. KUNM’s Khalil Ekulona spoke with Ismael Camacho, Staff Attorney for New Mexico Legal Aid’s Farmworker Project, about the working conditions he’s seeing and efforts to help inform and protect these essential workers.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/27 8a: School is back in session online, with some districts planning to stay that way all semester and others waiting to see whether it's safe to go back in person later this fall. On this week’s call-in show, we’ll center the thoughts and experiences of New Mexico students as they kick off this unconventional semester. And we want to hear from you!

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APS Will Stay Remote For The Entire Semester Albuquerque Journal, KUNM

Most students in New Mexico’s largest school district will continue with remote learning through the rest of the semester following approval Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting. 

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New Mexico Lawmaker Resigns, Will Run For Bernalillo Sheriff - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

New Mexico state Rep. Patricio Ruiloba has resigned from his Albuquerque-area seat and says he will run for Bernalillo County sheriff.

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New Mexico State Fair To Go On As Planned But VirtuallyAssociated Press

The New Mexico State Fair is going all virtual.

Organizers in June had decided to cancel the annual event due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, they announced that the fair will instead be held entirely online.

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Correction, 8/13: The original headline for this story read: "N.M. Corrections Department Expected To Release 300 Prisoners By The End Of July." An NMCD spokesperson now says that figure was based on inaccurate reporting by KOAT-TV in early July about the department's intentions. We've detailed the misunderstanding below, and will update this story as we learn more. 

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Supreme Court Grants Governor’s Request For Stay On Dining Case KUNM, Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The State Supreme Court has granted a stay requested by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after a district judge issued an order that would have allowed indoor dining despite a public health order issued by the governor.

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Restaurants in New Mexico are back where they were for a few days in late May, with limited outdoor seating, but no indoor dining allowed. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham renewed the public health order Monday, citing climbing coronavirus cases. The New Mexico Restaurant Association is pushing back, rallying restaurants statewide to speak out against the order. KUNM’s Nash Jones reports local restaurants with and without outdoor seating vary in their support for the order and are thinking creatively about how to sustain another partial shutdown. 

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New Mexico Restaurants Bristle At Rolling Back Indoor Dining - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's revamped public health order takes effect Monday, and some restaurant owners aren't happy that they've been ordered to rollback indoor dining.

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State Hits Highest Daily Average Of New COVID-19 Cases To DateAssociated Press, Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico health officials reported 301 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

That’s the second highest daily number of cases to date and the Albuquerque Journal reported it pushed the state’s daily average of infections to its highest point so far.

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New Mexico Reinstitutes Some Restrictions As COVID Cases SpikeAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Indoor dining in restaurants and breweries will once again be prohibited under a revised public health order by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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Top New Mexico Public Health Official Announces RetirementAssociated Press

New Mexico's Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides.

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New Mexico Judge Rejects Bid To Dismiss Education Case - By Cedar Attanasio AP/Report For America

A New Mexico judge has rejected a motion by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to dismiss a landmark education lawsuit that was filed against the state.

Governor Puts Additional Openings On Hold As COVID Cases RiseAlbuquerque Journal, KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said current restrictions on businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in place for now.

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It’s a weird time. We’ve got a global pandemic, an uprising against racist police violence and a special legislative session dropped in the middle of it—the likes of which no one’s ever seen before. Maybe one that people still aren’t seeing because there have been so many access issues. In episode 79, we dig in to bring you what’s new and developing with the emergency legislative session. What bills have been passed, what is on the way and what is being held until January are just a few of the topics we cover. We talk with journalists from New Mexico PBS and the NM Political Report. We also hear from an advocate who is on the forefront of voting rights in tribal lands.

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New Mexico Water Managers End Work On Gila River ProposalAssociated Press

A panel of New Mexico water managers has voted to end work on an environmental review related to a proposal to divert and store water from the Gila River.

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People out in the streets protesting police brutality and systemic racism face the health risks of being in large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials recommend wearing a mask, keeping your distance and getting tested regularly if you're attending mass gatherings. 

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Governor Launches Council For Racial JusticeAlbuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, KUNM

As protests continue around the country and in New Mexico over the death of an unarmed Minneapolis man in police custody, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the creation of a Council for Racial Justice.

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Coronavirus Cases Rise Past 7,000 Monday With Total Deaths At 320KUNM

State health officials said Monday there were 93 additional coronavirus cases in New Mexico and three more people have died.

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Health Officials Focus On Young People As COVID-19 Cases Pass 6,600Associated Press

State health officials say they are beginning to look more closely at whether younger people without symptoms are potentially spreading the coronavirus.

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It's springtime, and love is in the air — but the virus is making things complicated. In episode 65, we explore the changes COVID has wrought for many kinds of love: for family, for friends, for oneself, for longtime spouses, and yes, for lovers. A relationship expert schools us on healthy communication, risk assessment, and creative ways to date safely. And New Mexicans, whether they're partnered, dating, or single, share how they're navigating new challenges around connection and intimacy in their stay-at-home lives.

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US To Grant More Time To Consider New Mexico Drilling Plan - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he'll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas drilling and other development in an area of New Mexico that includes a national park and locations important to Native American tribes.

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COVID-19 Cases Rise To 6,317 With 7 Additional DeathsAlbuquerque Journal, KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday the number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico is now 6,317 with 7 additional deaths.

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New Mexico Governor Rejects Call To Lift Virus RestrictionsAssociated Press, KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham defended her response to the coronavirus pandemic from calls by Republican lawmakers who want her to remove enforced business restrictions.

 


Early voting in New Mexico’s primary election has begun, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, election officials are urging anyone who can vote to stay away from the polls and use absentee ballots. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot at NMvote.org through May 28, and in order to be counted it has to reach the county clerk’s office by 7pm on June 2.

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Nursing Home Reviews Ongoing Amid PandemicKRQE-TV, Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is considering a request by a state lawmaker to look into an Albuquerque rehabilitation center as part of the agency's ongoing review of health and safety concerns at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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State Updates Orders To Expand Capacity In Churches, Retailers – Albuquerque Journal, KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham eased some capacity restrictions on churches and retailers Friday even as the state reported 164 new positive COVID-19 cases.

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