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State agencies champion good treatment in nursing homes

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State leaders from the attorney general’s office, the state auditor and state ombudsman are working together across the state to protect seniors and people who need specialized care.

The governor’s office announced the partnership between the agencies on Sept. 16 in a news release which focuses on poor treatment...

Positive COVID cases in New Mexico public schools

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Seven staff members, three students tested positive

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced seven new positive cases of COVID-19 as of Oct. 1. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts. The following new cases were reported:

• Three cases in Bernalillo County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 3 and Sept. 23 (two individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

• One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was...

Community policing spells the end for public safety secretary

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Mark Shea dismissed

SANTA FE — Sept. 25 was the last day for N. M. Public Safety Secretary Mark Shea.

The Lujan Grisham Administration is using this leadership change to strengthen the mission of the Department of Public Safety to deliver vigorous and smart-on-crime statewide law enforcement, with a renewed emphasis on community police work and the unequivocal protection of New Mexicans’ civil rights.

State Police Chief Tim Johnson will serve as interim secretary. Deputy Chief Robert Thornton will serve as interim state police chief. The administration has begun a search for a replacement secretary.

Johnson has served in various leadership roles at the agency since 2000 and as...

Netflix to start filming feature in New Mexico

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Western produced by Jay-Z; starring Regina King, Idris Elba

The Harder They Fall is bringing the stars to New Mexico.

State Film Office Director Amber Dodson announced Sept. 25 that the Netflix-produced feature film will commence principal photography and continue production in Santa Fe and the surrounding area through December.

The Harder They Fall is directed by Jeymes Samuel, a singer-songwriter, producer and director also known as The Bullitts. The Harder They Fall is produced by Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Jeymes Samuel.

In this Western, outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), is being released from prison, so he...

Online inquiry form available to file discrimination charges

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ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Human Rights Bureau has launched a new online initial inquiry form for individuals who have complaints of discrimination and/or harassment in employment, housing, credit, and or public accommodations.

The inquiry form located on the NMDWS website (dws.state.nm.us/Filing-a-Charge-of-Discrimination) is the first step an individual must take if they feel they have been discriminated against based on a protected class.

Federal and state anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based on certain protected classes, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age...

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