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New concerns for the vaccinated as Delta variant spreads in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The easily transmissible delta variant is causing concern for New Mexico hospitals. “We're seeing people in earlier age groups, 30s-40s, younger people not as much in the older populations,” said Dr. Vesta Sandoval of Lovelace Hospital. At Christus St. Vincent, while most hospitalized are nonvaccinated, there's concern...
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NMSP: Authorities shot man who murdered mother

Warning: Video is graphic. Body camera video just released from an incident on July 7 in Northern New Mexico reveals new details. It shows Edward Daniel Santana heading toward deputies. New Mexico State Police said he had just stabbed his mother when family members called 911 for help. When deputies...
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Rural NM school board votes against PED’s COVID recommendations

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The school board at the Floyd Municipal School District in Roosevelt County voted to go against the New Mexico Public Education Department’s COVID-19 recommendations to wear masks for the upcoming school year despite the rising cases of the delta variant. Everything from not requiring mas and social distancing to making testing optional for staff, now the PED is threatening action against them.
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New Mexico state Dem leader resigns amid racketeering, money-laundering probe

New Mexico House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton resigned Friday amid a criminal investigation involving alleged racketeering and money laundering. The Democratic state lawmaker has "unequivocally" denied the allegations but wrote in a letter to New Mexico’s secretary of state that she felt her resignation was in the state’s best interest, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
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Rep. Williams Stapleton resigns from the New Mexico House

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sheryl Williams Stapleton has resigned from the New Mexico House of Representatives, the legislature confirmed Friday afternoon. “Given the weight of the allegations against Rep. Stapleton and the ongoing investigation, her resignation from the House is appropriate and in the best interest of the Legislature and the state. There is important work to be done for the people of New Mexico, and House Democrats and our strong leadership team will continue to remain focused on serving our constituents and moving our great state forward," said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf.
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Albuquerque businesses prepare for delta variant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With new mask recommendations coming down from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of New Mexico, businesses are preparing for what the delta variant may bring. For some business owners in Albuquerque, it's hard to ignore that the delta variant is around. “I'm...
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New Mexico COVID-19 update: 331 new cases, totaling 210,416

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 331 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 148 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.
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Heavy rains possible across parts of New Mexico through early next week

(KRQE) – A cold front this weekend will increase moisture across New Mexico and increase chances for rain. Money: IRS to send out another 1.5 million ‘surprise’ tax refunds this week. Vaccine: Governor: All state employees required to be vaccinated or get tested regularly. Crime: 2021 sees 73 homicides in...
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School supplies to be given away in five NM cities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Free backpacks, school supplies and educational materials for parents and students will be distributed at five locations throughout New Mexico by the LIBRE Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. LIBRE provides support to Hispanic communities throughout the country on issues related to literacy, education and...

How those in New Mexico facing eviction can find help

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to the New Mexico Center of Law and Poverty, roughly 105,000 households face evictions. “Once the moratorium is lifted and the concern is that people are still going to owe the money that they have not been paying,” Laurie Frappier said. Thousands more face having utilities...

Rains ease New Mexico’s short-term drought

Several weeks of rain have brought much-needed, if uneven, drought relief around New Mexico. The moisture has created a drastic drop in the state’s exceptional drought conditions since the summer began. Kerry Jones, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said the steady rain has likely...
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New Mexico continues to urge vaccines as delta variant spreads

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico hit its 60% vaccination goal last month, but there are still some holdouts. So, will the more transmissible delta variant motivate people to finally get their shot? Where does the state stand in terms of vaccine status? The New Mexico Department of Health said the state is in good shape when it comes to vaccination status but there is still more work to be done.

New Mexico House leader resigns in face of corruption probe

The second-ranking legislator in the New Mexico House of Representatives resigned Friday amid criminal investigations into her ties to a private contractor for the Albuquerque school district where she also works. Democratic House leaders announced the resignation of Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton while the investigation continues into possible racketeering,...
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NM arts center will require vaccine passport or negative COVID test

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, some New Mexico businesses that attract large crowds are already making changes. A spokesperson for the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe says they are watching COVID-19 cases carefully and following advice from federal, state and local experts.
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Tribal leaders demand action on public education inequity in New Mexico

Wilhelmina Yazzie’s eldest son, Xavier Nez, was a fourth grader when she became a plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit that found the state’s public education system failed to provide several groups of at-risk students an adequate education. Nez graduated from high school in Gallup this year. But his mother on...
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Feds see no problems with nuclear waste storage in West Texas, New Mexico despite concerns

A proposed storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in West Texas near the New Mexico border will have no impact on the environment, per a federal report released Thursday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposal by Interim Storage Partners, a joint venture between Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and Orano USA, to build a storage facility for the waste at WCS’ facility in Andrews, Texas.