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New Mexico Expands Vaccine Eligibility To Teachers -- By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

New Mexico on Monday expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to all school teachers, early childhood educators and other staff with the goal of getting the group its first shots by the end of March.

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Bill Advances To Exempt New Mexico From Time Changes - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico would eliminate twice-annual seasonal time changes under a bill endorsed Friday by the New Mexico state Senate.

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Senate Energy Panel Backs Haaland For Interior Secretary - By Matthew Daly, Associated Press

A key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary, clearing the way for a Senate vote that is likely to make her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Pandemic Relief Bills - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed economic relief legislation that provides $600 rebates to low-income workers and a tax holiday for restaurants that have been hobbled by aggressive pandemic health restrictions.

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New Mexico Governor Touts Progress On Virus, Draws Criticism - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is touting her administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state stepped up last year with direct economic aid and is looking to provide more relief through pending legislation.

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New Mexico To Resume Horse Racing As Virus Restrictions Ease - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The commission that oversees horse racing in New Mexico says live racing is set to resume in April now that public health restrictions are being eased.

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Infections Among Inmates Boost New Mexico's COVID Case TotalAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials confirmed an additional 659 COVID-19 infections Friday — marking the highest daily case total in more than three weeks.

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New Mexico AG Opens Inquiry Into Utility Costs During Freeze - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's top prosecutor has opened an inquiry into utility costs during a winter blast that plunged New Mexico and other states into a deep freeze.

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New Mexico Adds Least-Restrictive COVID-19 Tier - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico is revising its color-coded risk system by adding a new color that signifies when counties can ease even more pandemic-related restrictions.

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Interior Nominee Haaland Questioned On Drilling, Pipelines - By Matthew Daly, Associated Press

President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Interior Department  faced sharp questions from Republicans Tuesday over what several called her "radical" ideas that include opposition to fracking and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Visitation Restrictions Eased At Some New Mexico Hospitals - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Citing downward trends in new COVID-19 cases, top administrators with some of the largest health care networks in New Mexico said Monday that visitation restrictions at some hospitals were being eased for non-coronavirus patients.

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New Mexico Legislature Moves To Preserve Abortion Rights - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A bill to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico by overturning a dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures has been approved by the Legislature, which is led by Democrats.

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New Mexico Schools Make Plans For Virtual, Hybrid Learning - By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

Albuquerque Public Schools officials are defending their decision to keep the state's largest school district in remote learning.

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New Mexico Ramps Up Vaccine Distribution, Awaits SuppliesAssociated Press

Top health officials in New Mexico say the state has boosted the number of vaccines given daily by more than 20% over the past two weeks.

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Gathering Of Nations Powwow Canceled For 2nd Year In A RowAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The world's largest powwow has been canceled for a second consecutive year because of the pandemic.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Gathering of Nations Powwow, typically held in Albuquerque, will be entirely online.

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Legislators Advance Bill Aimed At Allowing Recreational Pot - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Legislators have advanced a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis across New Mexico and lift the state's tight restrictions on production for its medical cannabis program.

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New Mexico Asks To Skip Student Testing Again This Year - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

State officials confirmed Friday they are seeking permission from federal officials to waive standardized reading, math and science testing for another year, citing difficulties stemming from the pandemic.

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Abortion-Rights Bill Approaches Decisive Vote In New Mexico - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

An effort to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico was poised Thursday for a decisive vote in the state Senate.

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New Mexico To End Quarantine Requirements For TravelersAssociated Press

New Mexico officials on Wednesday said they would be ending mandatory self-quarantine requirements for visitors and residents arriving in the state.

The state Health Department cited what it described as “a brighter pandemic outlook” for the change in policy.

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New Mexico Red-Flag Gun Law Seldom Used To Withdraw Firearms - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Records show a red-flag gun law aimed at removing firearms from people who pose a danger to themselves or others has been applied just four times across New Mexico since it went into effect in May.

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New Mexico Officials Hold Out Hope For More Vaccine Supply - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

Officials at some of New Mexico's largest hospitals said Monday they are holding out hope that vaccine supplies will catch up with demand as state health officials confirmed that some pharmacies would begin receiving shipments this week.

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New Mexico Legislature Considers College Tuition Funding By Cedar Attanasio Associated Press / Report For America

State Senators are considering a bill to provide $30 million in subsidies for attendees of two-year colleges and a pilot program to help college dropouts finish their degrees.

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New Mexico State Police Say Officer Shot, Killed On HighwayAssociated Press

Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer was killed in a shooting along a highway Thursday before a chase ended 30 miles away with a suspect dead and a Las Cruces police officer wounded.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Eye Curbing Governor's Power In Crisis - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press/Report For America

 

Some New Mexico lawmakers are fed up with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's 11-month string of emergency health orders. They would like to put limits on health orders during the coronavirus pandemic and in future emergencies.

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Lawsuit Decries Rodent Infestation At New Mexico Prison - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Two former inmates in New Mexico are suing state prison staff and a food-service contractor for cruelty and negligence after they failed to resolve a yearslong rat and mouse infestation at the kitchen in a women's lockup. They cited health risks including mouse-borne Hantavirus.

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New Mexico Vaccine Clinic Stops Giving Shots Temporarily - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

One of New Mexico's largest vaccination clinics is hitting the pause button and will temporarily stop giving vaccines after administering shots for more than a week.

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New Mexico Tribe Sues US Over Hospital Closure Amid Pandemic - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A New Mexico Indigenous tribe is suing the U.S. government, claiming federal health officials have violated the law by ending emergency and in-patient medical care at a hospital on tribal lands.

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New Mexico Community Solar Proposal Clears First Hurdle - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

A proposal that would allow community solar programs to be established in New Mexico has cleared its first legislative hurdle despite questions from some lawmakers and concerns among investor-owned utilities.

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Officials Say Most New Mexico Counties See Virus ImprovementsAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials say almost all of the state's 33 counties have shown improvements over the last two weeks when it comes to reducing daily case totals and test positivity rates.

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New Mexico Governor Says Schools Will Reopen In February - By Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press / Report For America

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state will soon reopen schools to students of all ages. The vast majority of New Mexico students have been consigned to distance learning during the pandemic, which has led to learning loss and failing grades.

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