Oct 26, 2020

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N.M. reports nine COVID deaths, record seven-day avg.

New Mexico on Monday set a new record for its seven-day average of confirmed coronavirus cases, and officials at Albuquerque hospitals said they are already in the throes of a surge. “If we continue the current trend we have in our state for another month, we won’t have enough healthcare workers, we won’t have enough hospital beds,” said Dr. Jason Mitchell, the chief medical officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “There isn’t enough staff anywhere that will be able to get us out of that.” State officials reported nine deaths on Monday, bringing the statewide toll to 976. Those who died ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s. Most […]Read full article >

Another lawyer who accused Texas AG of crimes resigns

DALLAS — Another top deputy to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leaving his agency, continuing the exodus of lawyers who earlier this month accused the Republican of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Darren McCarty, the deputy attorney general over civil litigation, confirmed his resignation Monday but declined to comment further. He’s set to depart the attorney general’s office next week. McCarty’s resignation comes as Texas is involved in a landmark antitrust lawsuit brought with other states and the U.S. Department of Justice against Google. Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to questions about the resignation or […]Read full article >

Nevada fines airport, county over crowd size at Trump rally

LAS VEGAS — Nevada officials are fining a northern county and an airport a total of more than $5,500 for allowing a campaign event for President Donald Trump in September that drew thousands of people, despite a 50-person crowd limit over the pandemic. Douglas County was fined $2,950 and Minden Airport manager ABS Aviation was fined $2,603 for hosting the outdoor event without submitting a safety plan to the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations, the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. Trump has a rally scheduled Wednesday at the airport in Bullhead City, Arizona, across the Colorado River from the southern Nevada […]Read full article >

Allen Theatres closing all locations, layoffs to affect 450 employees

LAS CRUCES – Allen Theatres announced this week that they will be going into “hibernation” until further notice, closing all 13 of its locations across New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado and laying off about 450 employees. Owner Russell Allen said the Telshor 12 drive-in theatre in Las Cruces closed to the public Oct. 25, and that concession sales at the Cineport 10, the chain’s other Las Cruces location, were discontinued last week. He said these latest decisions were made with cost cutting in mind, as the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on the company. In New Mexico, theaters have been ordered closed since March, as the state took measures […]Read full article >

As AG’s wife, judge won’t recuse herself in Backpage case

PHOENIX — A federal judge married to Arizona’s attorney general says she will not recuse herself from a criminal case against the former executives of Backpage.com, who are accused of using their classified section for soliciting prostitution. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich stated in a ruling filed late last week that her marriage to Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who’s made critical statements about sex trafficking and Backpage, won’t affect her ability to be objective. In September, attorneys for Backpage founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin criticized statements made in a human trafficking booklet published by the attorney […]Read full article >

JTIP supports more than 800 jobs in September and October

New Mexico’s Job Training Incentive Program provided 18 companies with more than $5.5 million in September and October to support 803 jobs across the state. In September, companies received $3.6 million for 672 trainees and 1 intern, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. An additional $1.9 million has been allocated to support 129 trainees and one intern so far in October, according to the release. The following companies received at least $100,000 in funding in September and October: Stampede Meat received $2,192,501 to support 377 trainees at an average wage of $12.31 per hour at its Sunland Park […]Read full article >