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What's Next In The Health Care Debate?

Senate Republicans have at least narrowed the options on what comes next for the Affordable Care Act — casting two separate votes since Tuesday that knocked out a "repeal-only" proposal and rejected a plan for replacement. So, as lawmakers resume debate on Thursday, they will be staring at basically one possibility: a so-called "skinny repeal" that would surgically remove some key provisions from Obamacare, while leaving the rest intact — at least for now. The skinny repeal would take out...

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Another round of attempted telephone scams is reaching residents in Doña Ana County this week, and some would-be thieves are going to great lengths to convince victims their scams are legitimate.

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department received numerous phone calls Wednesday from residents who said they were contacted via telephone from people who either identified themselves as a deputy with the sheriff’s department, or a representative from the U.S. Treasury.

Las Cruces Police Hope to ID Fraud Suspects

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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify two young men suspected of cashing a fraudulent check.

Las Cruces Police learned that an 81-year-old woman’s check was stolen from the mail sometime in June, altered from $100 to $402, and then cashed by two young men at a local Family Dollar store.

Surveillance video from the Family Dollar store, at 1690 S. Solano Dr., shows the young men as they entered and left the store at about noon onJune 16.

Education: The Foundation for Economic Success

8 hours ago

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released the first in a series of reports today on education as the foundation for economic success.

Federal Inmate Escapes From A New Mexico Detention Facility

8 hours ago

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a federal inmate has escaped from the Sandoval County Detention Facility in New Mexico.

County Sheriff's officials say Ryan Griffin was being held on undisclosed federal charges at the time of the escape.

They didn't immediately provide details about the escape Wednesday, saying only that it is under investigation.

Authorities say they are searching for Griffin in an area of Bernalillo.

Monument Fight In New Mexico Marked By Race, Land Ties

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Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The battle over the Trump administration's review of two national monuments in New Mexico is bringing up a historic clash that goes back generations and is tainted by race, heritage and the right to land.

And both sides are framing it as a civil rights issue.

Those who support keeping the monument designation say it is about preserving ancient Native American petroglyphs, helping bring tourism to area battling poverty and setting aside important New Mexico landscape where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam

9 hours ago

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), the department that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area, is advising that an unknown person may possibly be emailing customers requesting payment for their utility bills. The person or persons sending the emails are not associated with LCU.

Members of Congress Demand Answers on Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

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Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham helped to spearhead a letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price, requesting an explanation for the decision to unexpectedly cut short the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) project period from five to three years. This harmful decision could endanger the long-term sustainability of proven programs.

Las Cruces Man Charged In Assault

9 hours ago

A Las Cruces man has been charged for his involvement in Tuesday afternoon’s incident on Rio Grande Street that left a man hospitalized.

Luke James Macaw, 31, of the 1600 block of Rio Grande Street, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, police were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance call at Macaw’s home on Rio Grande Street. Officers arrived to find a 32-year-old man who fled from the home, was wearing one handcuff and appeared to have been beaten.

Texas Senate OKs governor-backed ban on local tree ordinances

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  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has voted to ban local tree-cutting ordinances, seeking to void existing rules in more than 50 cities statewide.

Wednesday's 17-14 approval came after hours of debate. A final vote is needed before the bill heads to the Texas House.

Gov. Greg Abbott has long opposed tree ordinances, which he's called "socialistic" and confusingly inconsistent from one community to the other. Abbott made banning tree rules one of 20 issues he wants tackled during the ongoing, 30-day special legislative session.

New Drone Technology At Holloman

9 hours ago

The United States Air Force provides day and night support to troops all around the world, and Holloman Air Force Base's remotely piloted aircraft
training mission is at the forefront.

"We are making the transition from the Block 1 MQ-9 Reaper and Block 15 Ground Control Station to the Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper and the Block 30 GCS,"
said Lt. Col. Alfred Rosales, 6th Attack Squadron commander. "Quite frankly it is a step in the right direction toward the innovation piece that the RPA
community has been founded on."

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  Commentary: The latest National Citizen Survey conducted by the City of Las Cruces shows that nearly three-quarters of Las Crucens surveyed positively rated their overall quality of life. The same number favorably rated their neighborhood as a place to live, while about 6 in 10 were pleased with the overall image and appearance of the City. About 8 in 10 residents indicated that they planned to remain in the Las Cruces for the next five years and would recommend living in Las Cruces to someone who asked.

National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle

  Commentary: BALTIMORE— National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle provided the following reaction to 

DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

  Commentary: In the final hours before the U.S. Senate considers the Republican healthcare bill, the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released the following statement calling on New Mexicans to urge Republicans to vote no on final passage of the Republican healthcare bill: 

Dog Days in the Land of Enchantment

Jul 25, 2017

Commentary: The Dog Days of Summer are here. This time of year, the sun rides high up in the sky in our hemisphere. Nights get hotter and last longer. We squirm with discomfort from increasing heat and our clothes stick to us when we aren’t spending a small fortune to artificially cool ourselves with electrically processed air. Our pets look lethargic and seek a cool spot to lay on the floor to snooze. We wonder if we should join them.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) respond to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s failure to release 47,000 public complaints that could show the American public's desire to keep the internet open and free. The comment period on a new FCC proposal to undo net neutrality was closed on July 17. National Hispanic Media Coalition had requested the comment deadline be extended until complaints against internet service providers (ISPs) were made public.

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