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Russell Contreras

The Associated Press

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Recent articles by Russell:

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call… → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

A new documentary looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid segregation, discrimination and the Cold War → Read More

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to... → Read More

New Mexico Senate approves 8% spending increase

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $7.6 billion budget plan that would increase general fund spending by nearly 8% for the fiscal year starting July 1. → Read More

New Mexico Senate OKs bill to stop forcing police to destroy evidence

The proposal seeks to fix a bill passed in 2018 that required New Mexico law enforcement to destroy some digital evidence. → Read More

Key Democratic New Mexico senator won’t seek re-election » Albuquerque Journal

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- New Mexico Sen. John Sapien, a key moderate Democratic senator who represents a swing district outside of Albuquerque and who has been a champion for early… → Read More

Latino authors see book sales rise amid ‘American Dirt’ controversy

Latino authors see book sales rise as "American Dirt" controversy continues. → Read More

New Mexico panel OKs plan to spend $100M to fix state dams

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, said the state had no choice but to get started soon on fixing dams or risk a tragedy in the future. → Read More

Former Michelle Lujan Grisham intern arrested in GOP vandalism case

Cameron Chase McCall, former congressional intern for Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan, was arrested and charged with criminal property damage. → Read More

GOP House hopeful in New Mexico to launch 6-figure TV blitz

Claire Chase is scheduled Tuesday to release her first ad aimed at portraying herself as a political outsider and an avid anti-abortion activist. → Read More

Focus turns to Latino authors amid 'American Dirt' debate

Latino activists say they hope the controversy around the novel "American Dirt" brings more attention to recent and overlooked works by Latino writers → Read More

Focus turns to Latino authors amid 'American Dirt' debate

Latino activists say they hope the controversy around the novel "American Dirt" brings more attention to recent and overlooked works by Latino writers → Read More

Focus turns to Latino authors amid 'American Dirt' debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey endorsed the novel “American Dirt” for her book club last month, many Latinos took to social media to decry the selection for its stereotypes and... → Read More

Higher state spending, teacher pay approved by New Mexico House of Representatives

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, said the Democratic budget would likely lead to furloughs and spending cuts. → Read More

Higher state spending, teacher pay approved by New Mexico House of Representatives

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, said the Democratic budget would likely lead to furloughs and spending cuts. → Read More

Ben Ray Luján outraising foes in open Senate race in New Mexico

Gavin Clarkson, a former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials under President Donald Trump, led all Republicans in fundraising. → Read More

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

Latinos across the U.S. took to social media to praise and dissect the Super Bowl halftime performance by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez — two of the world's most popular Latina artists → Read More

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennife… → Read More

Super Bowl halftime show draws praise, tears from US Latinos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennifer Lopez, two of the world’s most popular Latina artists, would seize the stage. The performance Sunday was draped in Hollywood tropes of […] → Read More