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US Judge Dismisses New Mexico Privacy Claims Against GoogleSusan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A U.S. district judge has dismissed New Mexico’s privacy claims against Google, but New Mexico's top prosecutor vowed Monday to continue the legal fight to protect child privacy rights.

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Climatologist: Dry Areas In US Southwest Getting DrierSusan Montoya Bryan,  Associated Press

New Mexico’s state climatologist says the fingerprints of climate change are evident in the persistent drought that's plaguing the American Southwest. Dave DuBois says dry areas are becoming drier due to a semi-permanent high-pressure system over the West that has become stronger in recent years.

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Push To Reopen Private Schools Arrives In Federal Court – Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A federal judge is weighing whether pandemic-related occupancy limits for private schools in New Mexico violate constitutional rights to equal protection and freedom of assembly.

A federal judge heard preliminary arguments Wednesday without ruling in a case being closely watched by educators and the Trump administration.

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New Mexico Objects To License For Nuclear Fuel Storage Plan— Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

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Albuquerque Police Say Overall Crime Down 5% In All CategoriesAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Albuquerque police officials say overall crime in the city is down 5% across all categories in the first six months of 2020, compared with the first half of last year and 15% since 2018.

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Navajo Judge Halts Operations At Hemp Farms Near ShiprockAssociated Press

A Navajo Nation judge is halting operations at nine hemp farms in northwestern New Mexico as part of a legal fight between a businessman and the tribe's Department of Justice.

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Report Finds Albuquerque Police Misconduct Cases SkyrocketKOAT-TV, Associated Press

The number of policies violated at the Albuquerque Police Department skyrocketed 275%, and suspension jumped more than 350%.

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New Mexico Governor Eases Some COVID-19 RestrictionsAssociated Press

New Mexico children can practice sports and develop skills while in small groups and residents will soon be able to camp at state parks under changes being made to the state's public health order.

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New Mexico Winds Down Trump's $300 Unemployment SupplementAssociated Press

New Mexico labor officials say a $300 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits expired on Sept. 5, as payments continue for backdated claims.

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Plan To Remove Colonialism Monuments In Santa Fe Stalls – Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The fate of monuments linked to Spanish colonialism and violence against Native Americans in Santa Fe remains unclear months after the city's mayor called for their removal. 

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New Mexico Reports  81 New Confirmed COVID-19 CasesAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials have announced 81 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

That includes 11 new cases among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility.

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Panel Says New Mexico's Outdoor Future Tied To Access, Education - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico officials say the key to boosting the economics of outdoor recreation will require educational initiatives for school children as well as improved access and a new workforce.

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Albuquerque Police Chief Stepping Down This FallKOB-TV, Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Albuquerque's police chief is stepping down. Mayor Tim Keller announced Thursday that Police Chief Michael Geier will retire this fall, with Deputy Chief Harold Medina taking over as acting chief next week.

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6 Western States Blast Utah Plan To Tap Colorado River Water - By Sam Metz, Associated Press/Report For America

Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River have rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline to transport billions of gallons of water to Utah.

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New Mexico GOP Unveils 'Fair Deal' Plan To Flip Legislature - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

New Mexico Republicans say they have unveiled a "moderate agenda" around economic development in a bid to capture the state House and Senate.

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New Mexico Film Industry To Resume Some Production WorkSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

New Mexico officials have approved the start of production work by film crews in a sign the industry could soon be back in business after a suspension because of the coronavirus.

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Medicaid Enrollment Strains Public Finances In New Mexico - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Enrollment in Medicaid has increased by nearly 7% in New Mexico since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic as employers shed jobs and more families enter into poverty.

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New Mexico Eases Interstate Travel, Hotel RestrictionsAssociated Press

New Mexico is easing its self-quarantine requirements for some interstate travelers in advance of the Labor Day holiday.

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Spaceport America Vets Capital Projects Amid Investigation - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The interim leader of Spaceport America says an investigation into the conduct of the organization's chief executive officer is ongoing and that initial findings are expected in the coming weeks.

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Study Finds Cancer Cases Likely In Those Exposed To Atomic Test - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

After years of study, the National Cancer Institute says some people probably got cancer from the radioactive fallout that wafted across New Mexico after the U.S. government detonated the first atomic bomb in 1945.

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Heat, Drought Make For Miserable Combo For Southwest US - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

It's grim news for the western U.S. The latest maps show most of the southern half of the region is mired by drought, with the most extreme conditions centered over parts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.

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Pueblos, Lawmakers Ask For Pause On New Mexico Drilling Plan - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A coalition of Native American tribes and members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking federal officials for more time to consider a proposal that would govern oil and gas drilling and other development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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New Mexico Eases Pandemic Restrictions As Virus RelentsAssociated Press

Health officials are relaxing a pandemic stay-at-home order in New Mexico to allow larger public gatherings of up to 10 people and provide limited access to museums with static displays, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday.

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New Mexico High Court Upholds Health Orders Over Businesses - By Morgan Lee and Cedar Attanasio Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the authority of the state health secretary to restrict or close businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Deputies In New Mexico Fatally Shoot Armed ManAssociated Press

Authorities in New Mexico say deputies fatally shot a man who had opened fire in a neighborhood in northeast Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales says deputies responded Monday afternoon after getting calls about a man who was walking around and pointing a gun. Gonzales says the man fired multiple shots at deputies and two returned fire, striking him while he tried to shoot again.

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New Mexico ACLU Sues Over Inmate Treatment Amid Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and a group of criminal defense lawyers claim in a lawsuit filed Monday that state officials aren't doing enough to protect the health of inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Mexico Officials Say Virus Fight Needs To Be Sustained - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

Top New Mexico officials are elated that the state is meeting all of its benchmarks when it comes to addressing the coronavirus pandemic, but they warned Thursday that the recent progress will have to be sustained to clear the way for public health restrictions to be eased and for more of the state to be reopened.

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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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Virus Exposure Closes 3 Central New Mexico Medical PracticesAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A central New Mexico family that has three medical practices has closed its offices due to coronavirus exposure, and two members of the family are recovering from symptoms of the virus.

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$1B In Revenue Expected From New Mexico's State Trust Lands - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico land managers say the state is on track to have another banner year as a result of oil and gas drilling and other activities on state trust lands.

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