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Pardons for 19 New Mexico criminals, some who were violent

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has pardoned 19 people for convictions ranging from cocaine trafficking to domestic violence, bribing a witness and shoplifting, her office ...

New Mexico officials urge employers to require vaccinations

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Democratic governor and dozens of other elected officials are urging the state’s business community to require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or altern...

Albuquerque matches record number of homicides this year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With more than four months remaining, Albuquerque has already matched a record number of homicides this year within the city limits.

Report: Uranium cleanup could benefit New Mexico, tribes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For Democratic state Rep. Wonda Johnson, the disastrous Church Rock uranium spill in 1979 is deeply personal.

New Mexico’s mask mandate for schools sparks legal battle

ALBUQUERQUE – A legal battle is brewing in New Mexico over what power state education officials have over local school boards and what limits there are to that authority. The fight stems fr...

Teacher union president: Goal is to get kids back to school

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – The head of a national teachers union is visiting New Mexico on Thursday as part of a nationwide campaign to convince parents that it’s safe to send their kids back to pub...

2 New Mexico universities to require vaccines for some

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest public university will require students, faculty and other workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, while its second-largest university will implement the mandate only for staff.

Rural school board suspended over New Mexico’s mask mandate

ALBUQUERQUE – A rural New Mexico school board was suspended by the state Public Education Department on Wednesday for not going along with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s mask mandate for chil...

Lawmakers: Labor shortage could wreak havoc on chile harvest

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prides itself on having the best chile in the world, but a shortage of farmhands could leave a big portion of this year’s bumper crop rotting on the vine. “W...

New Mexico tries carrot-stick approach to boost vaccination

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico moved forward Monday with a carrot-and-stick approach to immunizations against COVID-19 with a renewed $100 payout to newly vaccinated residents. That $100...

Abundant rain brings mixed blessings to New Mexico

SANTA FE – Four months ago, Paul Skrak was among the New Mexico farmers who braced themselves for a bleak summer when acute drought conditions delayed the growing season by 30 days. But the ...

New Mexico education secretary replaced, new top cop named

SANTA FE – New Mexico Education Secretary Ryan Stewart is the latest Cabinet secretary to call it quits during the pandemic. The education post will be filled by former Los Alamos Superint...