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Germany's Merkel: New Elections Preferable To Minority Government

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, a day after talks to form a new ruling coalition collapsed, signaled that she prefers a fresh election over trying to stay in power as part of a minority government. Merkel said that she was "very skeptical" of the prospect of leading a minority government — something that hasn't even been tried since the end of World War II. "The path to the formation of a government is proving harder than any of us had wished for," she told broadcaster public...

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New Mexico State Finances Shows Signs Of Improvement

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is rapidly rebuilding financial reserves that may help state government withstand future economic downturns.

Chief Economist Jon Clark of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee said Monday that the state's recently depleted savings have substantially grown.

He says the state had set aside an estimated $500 million as of the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

Roswell Recruit Officer Accused Of Soliciting 2 Teenage Boys

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell Police officer-in-training has been arrested on charges he sent sexually explicit texts and images to two teenage boys.

Roswell police say 25-year-old Alonso Barrientos has been booked into the Chaves County Detention Center.

He was arrested last Friday on two counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device.

Detectives say they uncovered evidence on his personal cell of contact with the two juveniles. In one case, Barrientos allegedly presented himself as a 17-year-old.

New Mexico State Senator Seeks Advice On Political Future

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state Sen. Michael Padilla says he is seeking advice from friends, family and advisers on whether to continue his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The Democratic senator on Tuesday said that he has been attending previously scheduled campaign events.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has urged Padilla to end his campaign for lieutenant governor in light of decade-old allegations that he harassed women at a prior job.

Alamogordo NOW

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Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a Turkey Time Walk to burn off calories before Thanksgiving took place and this Thursday the paper will be filled with information for the holidays including safety tips and a shop local guide.       

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New Mexico Supreme Court to debate textbooks, again

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court will again debate whether the state should use public funds to pay for textbooks at private schools.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the parties in the legal battle filed briefs in the state Supreme Court in preparation for another round of arguments after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the state.

New Mexico Democrats mandate harassment training

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The Democratic Party of New Mexico says its political candidates will need to complete sexual harassment prevention training to receive campaign support from the party in 2018 elections.

State Democratic Party Chairman Richard Ellenberg on Monday announced the training requirement in response to decade-old allegations of harassment of women filed against state Sen. Michael Padilla and incidents beyond New Mexico.

Big New Mexico wind energy project faces public hearing

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed eastern New Mexico wind energy project that will be the subject of a public hearing next week has a large group of backers but also faces a substantial number of opponents, including staff at the state's utility regulation commission.

New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders concluded their 2017 statewide listening sessions with agricultural producers in Las Cruces on Nov. 2.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte held listening sessions around the state to hear the concerns of farmers and ranchers.

El Paso Brass Performing Benefit Concert For KRWG

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Enjoy an evening of holiday favorites and seasonal delights at the KRWG benefit concert featuring the El Paso Brass at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street, in Las Cruces. 

“We look forward to this event every holiday season in El Paso Brass,” said Jim Shearer, who plays tuba in the group and is a Regents Professor of music at New Mexico State University. “It’s become the concert that kicks off the entire season for us, and we love it.”

NMSU receives local business support for Aggie Athletics

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During the Aggie Men’s basketball match-up on Friday against the University of New Mexico Lobos, New Mexico State University and Aggie Athletics recognized a recent local business investment in its student-athletes.

Kyocera and Kevin and Becky Horner of PTS Office Systems, Inc. teamed up and contributed $50,000 to the Aggie Athletics Club (AAC), the 6th Man Club and the Football Success Fund. 

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Trump's "America First" Message In Asia

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Commentary: President Donald Trump recently completed a 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president. During this whirlwind tour, in which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, I read as many reports as possible detailing his trip and his interactions with Asian counterparts, but two things struck me:  his visit to China, and his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, held in Danang, Vietnam. 

  Commentary: Last week, “Antsy in the Agora” wondered if politicians were out to get her. We got as far as stating that politicians are a mix of self-dealing scoundrels and sincere public servants, and much of our media focuses on personalities while ignoring ideology. In particular, we need to address the ideology that has come to be called neoliberalism, but first we need to do some review.

Let's Work To Increase Voter Registration And Turnout

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Commentary: People want to vote, but they are having a hard time doing it. As I engage with people who are not voting in local elections, the most common response is frustration trying to navigate the system.

If we care about people and their right to determine their own quality of life, then it is up to all of us to do something to give those being left out a better opportunity to participate in democracy.

Duty To Country: A Fading Concept

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Commentary: America… a great and triumphant experiment has borne power and innovation beyond the pale of conservative philosophers and thinkers of previous ages. The culture of American Exceptionalism, furtively envied by our counterparts the world over, is possible due to persistent and unwavering freedom. The freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness resonates deep within the fiber of our being because we live it on a daily basis, some of us without even knowing it.

Goodman: A Look Back A Year After The 2016 Election

Nov 19, 2017

Commentary: After a full year, it seems fair to say that Donald Trump has been even worse than we expected.

It's not just the special counsel investigation, abandoning the Paris Accord on climate, and his ludicrous effort to resuscitate the coal industry. Nor is it the deep harm he's doing our judiciary, our environment, and consumer protection.

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