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Report: Kushner Discussed Setting Up Secret Communications With Russia

Updated at 10:09 p.m. ET Jared Kushner discussed the possibility of Trump's transition team secretly communicating with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports . Kushner, the president's son-in-law and adviser, spoke with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in early December of last year about setting up a "secure communications channel ... using Russian diplomatic facilities" in the U.S., according to the report. Intercepts of Russian communications reportedly found that Kislyak...

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  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature approved a new state budget Saturday.

The $217 billion spending bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely be a quiet footnote to a rancorous legislative session that ends Monday — upended by a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people and an immigration crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities."

Texas Budget Includes Hundreds Of Millions For El Paso-Area Higher Education

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Commentary: Austin – The Texas Legislature today voted on the state budget in both the House and Senate. Sen. Rodríguez joined the House members of the El Paso delegation in voting for the budget.  Some El Paso area highlights:

·         Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso received $142 million for the biennium, including a rider to establish the dental school.

·         UTEP received $229.2 million for the biennium, including continued support for the pharmacy school.

·         EPCC received $63.6 million for the biennium.

Archdiocese tells workers to ask ICE agents for warrants

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Roman Catholic Church diocese for Albuquerque and much of New Mexico is advising its workers to ask for a search warrant if federal immigration officers enter church property.

The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/UenG8i ) reports that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe sent employees a memo saying when church personnel must admit Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and when they can deny entry.

US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board announced Friday that it will hold a hearing next month to discuss the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2qmP0CY). The board is an independent panel that advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the president.

Jet owned by Elvis auctioned after sitting 30 years

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.

The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at an Agoura Hills, California, event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said.

The buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm's website, and GWS Auctions spokesman Carl Carter did not immediately return a call for additional information.

Future Engineers study at Las Cruces Utilities

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Every spring Professor Zohrab Samani, Ph.D., P.E., at New Mexico State University (NMSU) brings his senior water resource engineering students to an off-campus class at Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), which includes a tour of a nearby City water well. It’s good exposure for the students; some of them may well be future engineers who will go on to work for LCU.

Rep. Ted Lieu

Commentary: Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ted S.

Kevin Prieto and Emerson Morrow will serve the Associated Students of New Mexico State University for the 2017-2018 school year as president and vice president, respectively. Both are Las Cruces, New Mexico, natives.

More than 2,400 students voted in the election April 3 to 7, while more than 1,600 voted in the presidential runoff election April 10 to 17. The new administration took office May 16.

Rep. Keith Ellison

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), and Rep.

Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) will be offering Mental Health First Aid training in Silver City and Lordsburg over the summer months in 2017. This groundbreaking, 8-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem, and also provides the tools to connect individuals with appropriate support and resources, when necessary.

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Trump On Trade-A Work In Progress?

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Commentary: On May 11, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a new U.S.- China trade agreement. However, the new deal is not a sweeping general trade agreement - it only targets select sectors. Many of the points in the agreement have been discussed in ongoing negotiations that precede the Trump administration. Much detail still must be revealed, but the major provisions were highlighted by Secretary Ross and his team.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement on the growing grassroots support for H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act.”   

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement today after the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, led by Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and CPC Member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) in the House, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and CPC Member Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Senate.

Democrat Announces Run For New Mexico Land Commissioner

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Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Longtime advocate for public lands, wildlife and New Mexico’s natural environment, Garrett VeneKlasen, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Commissioner of Public Lands at a press conference in Albuquerque this morning.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“Nearly two months after Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera announced changes to the State’s educator evaluation system at a closed press conference, the New Mexico Public Education Department is finally holding hearings for public input to the changes.

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