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Supreme Court Considers Race, Politics And Redistricting In 2 Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear over the past quarter century that racial gerrymandering is an unconstitutional no-no, but partisan gerrymandering is still permissible. The question is: How do you tell the difference? Especially when the Voting Rights Act allows for some consideration of race to ensure minority representation, and when party affiliation often correlates with race.In cases from Virginia and North Carolina, the Supreme Court seemed unsure on Monday how to balance these...
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Las Cruces City Council voted to allow city staff to negotiate for a building that can be turned into a potential Film and Media Soundstage by a vote of 5 to 1.

Las Cruces City Council voted to give the city manager the authority to negotiate the purchase of a building to be turned into a Sound Stage reallocating $4 million for the project. $3 million from the Hold Harmless GRT Bond Funding, and about $1 million in state appropriated funds.

City Councilor Greg Smith says this could bring new economic development to Las Cruces.

Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill

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JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states.

A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.

The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with tons of toxic heavy metals including arsenic, mercury and lead.

Texas releases abortion booklet citing refuted cancer links

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 A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and depression.

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued the new edition of "A Woman's Right to Know" on Monday.

A New Mexico State University professor has teamed up with the Las Cruces Public Schools to help get young girls more active. 

Dr. Philip Post, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance has created “Aggie Play.”   The program’s goal is to increase physical activity among third through fifth grade girls in Las Cruces.

It started when Post took the idea from another program he used to help run and turned it into a girls-only program, while incorporating the help of NMSU female student athletes.

  Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA and the Experimental Rocket Sounding Association (ESRA), today announced inauguration of the annual Spaceport America Cup.

Blood Drive In Doña Ana County Friday To Boost Supplies

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United Blood Services and Doña Ana County are coming together for a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the main rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces. 

    Each holiday season, United Blood Services sees its blood reserves fall to critical levels. Doña Ana County invites the residents of Doña Ana County to join in giving the gift of life. The blood drive will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with appointment slots available every 20 minutes.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today they will support Sierra Vista hospital with a $116,230 grant for the purchase of two new ambulances. USDA Rural Development will also provide a grant of $81,810 to the City of Truth or Consequences’ Streets Department for the purchase of a new front end loader.

Commission Appoints Eric Rodriguez As Doña Ana County Treasurer

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 At a special meeting this morning, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Eric L. Rodriguez as Doña Ana County treasurer.

   Immediately after the vote, Rodriguez was sworn in by Third Judicial District Chief Judge Fernando R. Macias, and his signed oath of office was subsequently recorded at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. 

   Rodriguez was the chief deputy clerk to David Gutierrez, who was removed from office last week after a civil trial. Rodriguez won election to the office of county treasurer in the Nov. 8 General Elections.

Investigation Continues in Fatal Shooting at Las Cruces Hotel

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Investigators are continuing to look into Friday evening’s shooting that claimed the life of 36-year-old Joshua “Josh” Clay Dunne of Las Cruces.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that officers were dispatched to Dunne’s residence shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. A relative indicated to police that Dunne was possibly suicidal, and could be armed with a 9mm handgun and a hunting knife. Officers began looking for Dunne who was said to be driving a gray Toyota 4Runner.

New Mexico AG Seeks Review Of Police Investigation Policies

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Hector Balderas

New Mexico's top prosecutor is asking a panel of experts to review the policies and procedures that law enforcement agencies around the state use when it comes to investigating shootings involving officers or other use-of-force incidents.

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that as the chair of the state's Law Enforcement Academy Board, he has appointed a subcommittee to perform a review and audit.

The inquiry will cover more than 190 agencies in the state. A report and recommendations are expected next summer.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus: Carson is Unfit to Lead HUD

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Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement today after President-elect Trump nominated Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Connelly: A Different Opinion On Protecting Wolves

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Commentary:  I’m writing in response to the latest, "oh poor wolf” commentary. Usually you publish verbatim a comment by the Center for Biological Diversity. This commentary, by David Forjan, I suppose is meant to elicit sympathy from city dwelling animal lovers, but it would be nice if they had some facts straight.

Goodman: The Long Path Toward Justice

Dec 4, 2016

Commentary: Justice appears to have been done. Finally.

As most readers know, David Gutierrez has been our County Treasurer for nearly eight years. In 2014, he requested to ride along with a female employee (whom he'd sexually harassed before, I've heard) to the bank, then had her drive back by an odd route and ultimately offered her money for a couple of hours in a motel room. He then tried to convince his deputy to delay reporting this misconduct so that he could “smooth things over” with the victim.

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Commentary: Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and CPC First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statements after President-elect Trump nominated Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Department of the Treasury.

O'Connell: Trump Appointees are Scary

Dec 1, 2016
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Commentary:  With his recently announced appointees to key Cabinet and White House positions, President Elect Trump is showing his true colors. They are either loyalists or his billionaire buddies. Where is someone representing the blue collar white workers that put him in office?

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