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Protesters, Police Clash At Donald Trump Rally In New Mexico

A Donald Trump campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M., turned violent on Tuesday, leading to at least one arrest and several injuries, police say.According to the Albuquerque Police Department Twitter feed, several officers were hit by rocks thrown by protesters. The police later characterized the clash as a "riot."NPR's Sarah McCammon was at the Trump rally, which was held in the Albuquerque Convention Center. She filed this report for our Newscast:Reporters are being told to stay inside...
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Planners Seek To Transform Santa Teresa Into Destination

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A nonprofit group that operates a booming border town in New Mexico is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live.

Officials in Santa Teresa are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants.

Such developments also could include hotels, retail stores and entertainment attractions that would turn this industrial park into a new hot spot just a stone's throw away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Las Cruces Public School Board approved a $187 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year by a vote of 4-1.

Las Cruces Public Schools faced $4.8 million dollars in cuts in a tight budget year. Superintendent Stan Rounds says the school district lost $2.9 million dollars from the state, and has rising expenses.

“Unfortunately, Insurance went up both in risk and health,” Rounds said. “Minimum wage laws kicked in, minimum wages for teachers kicked in. All of those kinds of things there, and that created some additional expenses to us.”

Escaping An "Education Train Wreck" In Texas

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The winner of a Texas education board runoff says he thinks Republican voters in March simply weren't paying attention when they nearly nominated a retired schoolteacher who once claimed President Barack Obama was a gay prostitute.

Keven Ellis said after his victory over Mary Lou Bruner on Tuesday night that primary voters likely tuned out their race partly because of the attention surrounding the presidential election. But Ellis, a local school board president, wouldn't criticize Bruner and instead thanked her for her career as a schoolteacher.

The Latest: Albuquerque Police Use Smoke, Pepper Spray

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The Latest on campaign stops in New Mexico by Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Albuquerque police say they used smoke grenades to disburse a crowd of angry protesters outside a Donald Trump rally after demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other debris at officers.

Initial indications were that it was tear gas, but an officer said police used smoke and some pepper spray as the protesters became violent.

Las Cruces-Area Mother Of Injured Infant Surrenders

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   The mother of a nine-month-old boy who was being treated for injuries sheriff’s detectives said were “consistent with great bodily harm” surrendered to authorities last week and was questioned on the circumstances surrounding the infant’s hospitalization.               

La Mesa Man Arrested; Charged In Shooting Death Of Uncle

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  A La Mesa man who was wanted on murder charges after he allegedly shot his uncle over the weekend is in custody Tuesday morning, awaiting extradition back to Doña Ana County.

   On May 21, Jacob Soliz, 35, had reportedly been involved in an ongoing dispute with his uncle, 49-year-old Alberto Soliz. Both men shared a residence in the 100 block of Rosario in La Mesa.
            According to a witness, Alberto Soliz returned home to find his nephew waiting for him. A confrontation ensued and Jacob Soliz allegedly shot his uncle with a handgun.

  Santa Fe, NM: New Mexico Department of Public Safety named State Park Ranger Grant Taylor valedictorian of Law Enforcement Academy Class # 192 at its May 20th graduation ceremony. Taylor, of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, is one of only a few park officers from New Mexico State Parks to receive that honor. 

  A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy has received national recognition for her work to educate youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Deputy Michelle Ugalde, who has been with DASO since 2000, has worked for over a decade in the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program, an evidence-based gang, violence and drug abuse prevention program built around classroom instruction for children in middle school. 

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death Near Santa Teresa

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  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate what was described as a “suspicious death” over the weekend of a 25-year-old male.

   The body of Justin Baquera was found just after 12 p.m. on Sunday by some off-roaders who were in the area of Pete Domenici Highway near Santa Teresa. Sheriff’s detectives who were called to investigate noted the body was found wearing only undergarments, and did not appear to have suffered any type of trauma.

Udall Statement On Overwhelming House Passage Of Chemical Safety Reform

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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 of landmark reform of our nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall authored the reform bill, the Frank R.


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When Justin Cronin pitched his Passage trilogy — which began with The Passage in 2010, continued with The Twelve in 2012 and is now finishing with The City Of Mirrors — it must have been one of the easiest buys in the history of publishing. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi western with vampires is all he would've had to say. And then waited for the publishers to line up and throw money at him.

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Grit has been on NPR several times recently, not to mention front and center on the national education agenda.

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Why We Should Discuss Religion and Politics (and How)

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  Commentary: The presidential candidates have located New Mexico on their campaign maps. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders led the way with Bill Clinton (on behalf of Hillary Clinton) and Republican Donald Trump close behind. We are now in the season where more people are paying attention to the presidential campaigns. This year in particular, that must feel like walking in towards the end of a horror movie. (donald trump)

Commentary:  At a press conference in Albuquerque Civic Plaza today, Democrats addressed Donald Trump’s planned rally in Albuquerque—the message was loud and clear Trump’s racist rhetoric and divisive policies are not welcome in New Mexico. Speakers at the press conference outlined the many reasons why Trump’s rhetoric is out of step with New Mexico values.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, announced last week that he would hold a rally in Albuquerque. 

Legal Protest Challenges Fossil Fuels Auction on 13,800 Acres in New Mexico

May 23, 2016

 Commentary: Conservation groups filed a formal administrative protest late Friday against a Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off more than 13,800 acres (21 square miles) of publicly owned fossil fuels near Carlsbad in southeast New Mexico.

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 Commentary: In 2012, Democrat Mark D'Antonio beat District Attorney Amy Orlando, Susana Martinez's protegé. 

Martinez/Orlando mandated a scorched-earth policy: get rid of paperwork that might help D'Antonio and his people get oriented. D'Antonio invited everyone to reapply and hired all but one of those who did so; but Martinez people viewed staying as “disloyal.” Most top staff left. 

Sanders Campaign: Bernie Is Best To Take On Trump

May 21, 2016

  Commentary:  SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday told a community college rally that he is much more likely than Hillary Clinton to defeat Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump.

“Hillary Clinton is not the Democratic candidate most likely to defeat Donald Trump. Our campaign is the campaign …,” Sanders said as cheers drowned him out.

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