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US flag, sewn at POW camp, settles at Smithsonian

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Its beginnings were humble, but proud and brave, too. An American flag, assembled secretively and at risk in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, was fashioned out of pieces ...

New Mexico reports 20 more COVID-19 deaths, most in months

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s pandemic death roll rose by 20 on Friday, the largest reported single-day increase in months. The state on Friday also reported 885 additional confirmed cases – the l...

New Mexico offers pay bump to prekindergarten teachers

SANTA FE – State officials responsible for early childhood education in New Mexico say that prekindergarten teachers deserve the same salaries as teachers of older students, and they’re will...

New Mexico’s $37 million plan to recruit more teachers

SANTA FE – State education officials are offering to pay for the salaries of 500 teaching assistants and offer them tuition subsidies in a two-year effort to jump-start recruitment in K-12 s...

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production.

Las Cruces couple reflect on 75 years together

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A chance meeting on July 18, 1946, and three weeks together – that was the beginning of Thomas and Dee House’s 75-year marriage. “This is supposed to be the marriage ...

Santa Fe video rental store survives era of streaming movies

SANTA FE – The chatter from the checkout counter is muffled by a recently installed Plexiglas barrier, now standard in many retails stores. It’s hard to tell what Lisa Harris and her custome...

Albuquerque jail offers treatment for opioid addiction

ALBUQUERQUE – The Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque has begun a program to give buprenorphine to people in jail who are already using it to treat their opioid addictions. The Albu...

State Police chief ‘beyond disgusted’ by recent violence

LOS LUNAS, N.M. – A pair of shootouts between a suspect and law enforcement officers left the suspect dead and two sheriff’s deputies injured, prompting the head of the New Mexico State Poli...

Health official: New Mexico children need more virus testing

ALBUQUERQUE – More children in New Mexico are contracting COVID-19, and low testing rates in schools mean fewer cases are counted. This week, health and education officials called for more ...

Top New Mexico lawmakers concerned about oil and gas rules

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of powerful New Mexico lawmakers is questioning whether state environment officials have done enough to weigh the potential economic effects of a proposal to cut smog-causing pollution across the oil and gas industry.

New Mexico poised to reconsider bail reform amid crime wave

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Prosecutors and police have argued unsuccessfully that New Mexico’s bail reform law needs to be tweaked to make it tougher for defendants charged with violent felonies to...