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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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New Mexico Mandates Police Body Cameras In Wake Of ProtestsAssociated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to require that police officers wear body cameras as a deterrent against excessive use of force.

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US Nuclear Lab Investigates Breach At Plutonium Facility - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Officials at one of the nation's premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium.

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Opera, Balloon Fest Among Businesses Getting Virus Loans - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf artists collaborative and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the U.S. government as part of the massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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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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Groups Call For Meetings As US Lab Preps For Weapons Work - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.

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Governor Keeps Restrictions In Place As COVID Deaths Reach 500 KUNM, Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said coronavirus restrictions will remain in place and warned that if cases and the rate of spread continue to rise she may roll back openings as other states like Texas and Arizona have.

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Rudolfo Anaya, 'Godfather' Of Chicano Literature, Dies At 82 - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press, KUNM

Rudolfo Anaya, who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel "Bless Me, Ultima," has died.

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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.

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Virus Concerns Force Cancellation Of New Mexico State Fair - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico officials say they are heartbroken but that the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to cancel this year's state fair.

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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Navajo Nation President: New Mexico Still Failing Students - By Cedar Attanasio. Associated Press/Report For America

The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. has called on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to end efforts against a court ruling ordering education improvements for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups.

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New Mexico Releases Plan For Reopening Public Schools - By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press/Report For America

New Mexico's Public Education Department is outlining a path for how schools will reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Under a plan made public Tuesday, the state is requiring schools to open at 50% capacity. Students will alternate between time in the classroom and continuing with online lessons at home.

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New Mexico Legislature Backs Mandatory Police Body Cameras - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature has approved a proposal to make police body cameras mandatory for nearly all state and local law enforcement officers. 

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New Mexico Official Says No Room For Relaxing Amid Virus Threat - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

One of New Mexico's top health officials said about one-quarter of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state involve people who had no symptoms.

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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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Prosecutors Amend Charges In New Mexico Protest Shooting - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press, KUNM

Prosecutors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say an investigation into a shooting during a protest over a statue of a Spanish conquistador is far from complete and they're amending charges against a man accused of opening fire after a fight broke out.

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ABQ Man Arrested For Shooting Demonstrator During Protest Over Spanish Colonizer’s Statue,  - By Hannah Colton, Associated Press

A 31-year-old former Albuquerque City Council candidate was charged with a third-degree felony after shooting a man last night as protesters tried to tear down a bronze statue of Spanish colonizer Juan de Onate. Police said Stephen Ray Baca was arrested and jailed on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 

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Monument To Spanish Conqueror Removed In New Mexico - By Cedar Attanasio And Morgan Lee Associated Press

Authorities have removed a bronze statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Oñate in northern New Mexico amid a new wave of criticism of the memorial as an affront to indigenous people and an obstacle to greater racial harmony.

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Activists Take Aim At Conquistador Statues In New Mexico - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Two public statues of conquistador Juan de Oñate in New Mexico are drawing renewed attention and criticism as memorials erected in honor of Confederate leaders and other historical figures worldwide become a focus of protests.

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Breweries Allowed To Re-Open As Officials Report 10 New COVID-19 DeathsAssociated Press, Albuquerque Journal

The rate of transmission of COVID-19 is falling in New Mexico and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that breweries will be allowed to re-open around the state.

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New Mexico Governor Seeks To Sustain State Spending, Raises - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging state lawmakers to tap state reserves and federal recovery money to preserve some state spending increases, including a 2% pay bump for public school personnel and state workers. 

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Former Albuquerque Detectives File Whistleblower LawsuitAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by former New Mexico police detectives says they were retaliated against for repeatedly raising concerns about the operation of their department's sex crimes unit.

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New Mexico Suspends Consumer Debt Collection During Pandemic - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is temporarily suspending consumer debt collection — such as garnishing wages or seizing assets — in response to the coronavirus pandemic and related economic downturn.

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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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New Mexico Senate Leaders Lose Primary Bid Amid Liberal Push - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Two key leaders in the New Mexico Senate have lost their primary bids amid a push by liberal advocacy groups to unseat Democratic lawmakers who have resisted their progressive agenda.

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New Mexico Reports 116 New Virus Cases Among State InmatesAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 227 coronavirus cases, with just over half of those among inmates at a detention center in southern New Mexico.

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Restaurants, Gyms And Salons To Re-Open Next Week – Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday restaurants, gyms and salons can reopen next week at partial capacity and with social distancing procedures in place.

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Amazon Fulfillment Center To Bring Jobs To AlbuquerqueAssociated Press

Amazon has announced that construction began on a fulfillment center in Albuquerque that is expected to bring 1,000 jobs to the region.

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