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  10-Digit Phone Dialing To Be Required In New Mexico – Associated Press

Starting Sunday, phone users across New Mexico must include area codes when dialing to make all calls, including local calls that previously only required seven digits.

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Warrant: Baldwin didn't know weapon contained live round—Morgan Lee, Walter Berry, Associated Press

An assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show.

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Ballot confuses financing of proposed Albuquerque stadium - Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Voters in Albuquerque might be confused about how a proposed stadium will be funded because the ballot measure includes inconsistent language about the nature of the city's $50 million stadium bond proposal. 

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Voting options expand in Albuquerque, Santa Fe electionsAssociated Press

Nearly 13,000 absentee and early ballots have been cast in local elections that will determine the next mayors of New Mexico's largest city as well as its state capital, with two weeks remaining before Election Day.

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New Mexico city to consider vaccine mandate for police, fire—Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Police officers and first responders in New Mexico's largest city would be ordered to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under a proposed amendment to the city's emergency public health declaration. 

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  New Mexico Governor Defends Power To Spend Pandemic Relief – Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is defending her authority to decide how the state will spend more than $1 billion federal pandemic aid — without the approval of the Legislature.

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New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight—Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline.

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Dozens of US nuclear lab workers sue over vaccine mandate – Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Workers at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories face a deadline Friday — be vaccinated or prepare to be fired.

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US nuclear repository completes key mining project—Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

After seven years of mining, federal officials say work to carve out the eighth disposal area at the U.S. government's underground nuclear waste repository is complete.

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New Mexico pledges support for tribal adoptions in state law – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

In her first prepared speech Tuesday the new leader of New Mexico’s child protection department pledges to restore the agency’s credibility following a series of scandals under her predecessor.

New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department secretary Barbara J. Vigil also promised to enshrine federal law prioritizing tribal members in adoptions of Native American children into the practices of her department and state law.

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New Mexico governor settles harassment claim for $150k — Associated Press

The final price tag for a settlement reached by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a former campaign spokesman to settle accusations of harassment is now $150,000.

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  Arizona Murder Case Against Us Air Force Airman Goes To Jury - By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

No one saw Sasha Krause being taken from a Mennonite community in northwestern New Mexico where she worked in the publishing ministry, dominated in card games and ping pong, and where her poetry became song.

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Former Cabinet secretary defends auto dealerships from Tesla - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A recently retired state Cabinet secretary who oversaw New Mexico's first major foray into electric vehicles for government fleets has gone to work at a lobbying group for automotive dealerships as they safeguard state-authorized control over direct sales of new vehicles from incursions by electric-car maker Tesla and other potential rivals.

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Help Wanted: Thousands of job openings posted in New Mexico - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

There are tens of thousands of online job postings in New Mexico, and the head of the state labor department said Wednesday that the agency is trying to find creative ways to connect workers with employers to fill those vacancies. 

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Albuquerque resolution recognizes boarding school trauma – Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council has adopted a resolution that acknowledges ongoing generational trauma caused by U.S. Indigenous boarding school policies and formalizes a commitment to work with Indigenous communities toward reconciliation and healing.

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New Mexico governor thanks oil & gas, cheers hydrogen plans - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

New Mexico's Democratic governor addressed oil and gas in a speech acknowledging her state's reliance on fossil fuel mining revenues while pledging to enforce pro-environment regulations.

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US Southwest hits impressive rainfall during summer monsoon - By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

Cities across the U.S. Southwest hit impressive rainfall totals this summer, bringing much-needed — but temporary — relief to a region that has been mired in drought.

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Hot-air balloons return to desert skies after virus hiatusAssociated Press

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is returning after a pandemic hiatus with plans to launch about 540 hot-air balloons in a stunning visual spectacle.

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New Mexico Social Studies Curriculum Open To Public Comment – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

New Mexico education officials are asking for public comment on their overhaul of the social studies curriculum.

It's the first major revision of what children are meant to learn in history, geography, and civics since 2001.

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University Threatens Expulsion For Unvaccinated Students - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Students at one of New Mexico's largest public universities will be disenrolled if they don't comply with a vaccine mandate or opt to get tested regularly.

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Are New Mexico Students Learning? Hard To Say Without Tests – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

New Mexico Public Education Department officials say few grade-school students participated in state testing last year and that it is impossible to measure learning loss from the pandemic.

On Monday, the New Mexico Education Department said that only 10% of elementary and middle school students took tests last spring despite schools being fully open at the time.

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US Aims To Relax Testing Of Contaminants At Nuke Weapon Lab – Associated Press

The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators.

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  Former UFC Champ Jon Jones Jailed In Vegas Battery Incident - By Greg Beachamk, Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Former UFC champion Jon Jones was jailed in Las Vegas early Friday after an incident at Caesars Palace that police said led to his arrest on charges of domestic battery and damaging a vehicle.

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Recall Effort Against Cowboys For Trump Founder Lags - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Time is running out for a recall effort aiming to kick Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin out of office as a county commissioner in southern New Mexico.

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Work Aims To Uncover History Of Boarding School Burial Site - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Albuquerque city officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar as they research the history of a site where dozens of Native American boarding school students are believed to have been buried more than a century ago.

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New Mexico Elementary Student Proficiency Falls Significantly - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic and only 31% have that proficiency, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public on Wednesday.

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New Mexico Monitors School Funds In Ex-Leader's Fraud Case - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

New Mexico education officials say they are demanding additional oversight of a narrow slice of federal funding awarded to Albuquerque Public Schools following a criminal probe into a former employee.

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Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Lawmaker In Alleged Kickback Scheme - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A former high-ranking Democratic state legislator and Albuquerque public school administrator has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud and ethics violations in connection with an alleged kickback scheme, prosecutors said Monday.

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  Official: Us To Expel Haitians From Border, Fly To Haiti - By Eric Gay And Elliot Spagat Associated Press

The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.

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Land Agency Moving Back To DC, Reversing Trump-Era Decision – Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres in Western states, back to the nation's capital after two years in Colorado.

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