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New Mexico Governor Warns Of Family, Labor Day Gatherings - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says family gatherings and long holiday weekends have been a source of infection for many New Mexicans who have contracted COVID-19.

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Governor Sets Goal Of 168 Virus Cases Per Day To Relax Health Order – Albuquerque Journal

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in New Mexico, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says they must continue dropping before the public health order can be lifted.

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School Year Begins For Some New Mexico Districts - Associated Press

The school year is getting underway at some of New Mexico's largest public school districts as teachers, students and parents deal with remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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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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New Mexico Overhauls Isolation Rules For Travelers As New Virus Cases Fall - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico's governor is highlighting self-quarantine requirements for travelers entering or returning to the state while providing two new exceptions for people seeking medical care and those attending to essential parenting duties.

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EPA Settles With Utah Over 2015 Colorado Mine Spill - By Brady McCombs, Associated Press

The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago.

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Court Upholds Health Order Fines For New Mexico Businesses - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press, KUNM

The New Mexico State Supreme Court has upheld the governor's authority to fine businesses as much as $5,000 per day for violations of emergency health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Complaint States Spaceport America CEO  Abused Authority On Money - Las Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A whistleblower complaint says the CEO of New Mexico's commercial spacecraft launch facility pressured the former chief financial officer to circumvent internal financial controls and accounting protocol. 

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Governor Extends Public Health Orders Through AugustKUNM, Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials reported 255 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a briefing from the State Capitol the public health order set to expire on July 30 will be extended through August 28.

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Regulators Tap Solar To Replace New Mexico Coal-Fired Plant - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico utility regulators have approved a plan for major investments in solar-generated electricity and battery storage to replace a coal-fired power plant.

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New Mexico Restaurant In Sign Flap Gets Permit SuspendedAssociated Press

A New Mexico restaurant that sparked anger for erecting a sign that blamed China for the pandemic has had its food service permit suspended.

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State Sets New Daily High For COVID-19 Cases With 467KUNM, Albuquerque Journal

State health officials reported 467 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, which is a new daily record.

The spike was driven in part by 170 new cases among federal inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center.

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Governor Says New Mexico Still Lagging Behind In Mask Wearing - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says there are not enough people wearing masks.

She said during her latest briefing that she wants to see at least 80% or 90% of people wearing face coverings.

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New Mexico Governor Opts For Online Start To The School Year - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is hitting the pause button on reopening public schools this fall, meaning classes will be virtual at least through Sept. 7.

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Trump Targets Albuquerque Crime With Security Deployments - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

President Trump is focusing on an open wound in the law enforcement community as he announces a surge in federal agents to cities including Albuquerque and Chicago in attempts to contain violent crime.

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New Mexico Governor Thanks Trump For Joining Mask MovementAssociated Press, Albuquerque Journal, KUNM

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is thanking President Donald Trump for telling Americans that they should wear masks when they're unable to keep distance between themselves and other people.

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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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Ex-New Mexico Officer Facing Murder Charge Over Chokehold - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A former police officer in New Mexico has been charged with second-degree murder after authorities say he killed a Latino detainee he had placed in a chokehold.

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Anniversary Of World's 1st Atomic Test Fuels Nuclear Debate - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The nation's top nuclear security official is in New Mexico to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world's first atomic explosion.

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University Of New Mexico Announces Fall Semester PlanAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico has announced it's reopening plan for the fall semester with coursework offered both in-person and remotely starting in August.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Limits Shielding Of Police RecordsAssociated Press

The state Supreme Court has ruled that New Mexico's open records law doesn't create a blanket exception for shielding law enforcement records related to an ongoing criminal investigation.

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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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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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