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Private Prisons Back In Mix For Federal Inmates As Sessions Rescinds Order

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons , NPR's Carrie Johnson reports Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility. "The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system," Sessions writes. Outside companies currently house about...

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Las Cruces, NM - Preserving cultural heritage, moral teachings and the history of our ancestors are some of the many benefits of storytelling for present and future generations. When Jennie George Curry founded “Storytellers of Las Cruces” in 1927, she also believed that storytelling was a “service to the community,” and that “stories should be told anywhere and everywhere, to anyone and everyone.”

LAS CRUCES---Taking home some of the top honors at a statewide student journalism competition, the Centennial High School (CHS) broadcast news team placed second overall and earned six individual awards at the New Mexico Activities Association/New Mexico Scholastic Press Association State Competition, Saturday, Jan. 28 at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, NM.

     Commentary: (San Antonio, TX) – MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) challenged a provision of Texas’s HB 11 that made it a new state felony to "harbor" someone in the United States without legal documents.

A federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking Texas from enforcing the harboring provision of HB 11. State officials then appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

A suspected drunk driver, who had his 10-year-old son along for the ride, was charged with child abuse after leading police on a pursuit lateWednesday evening and crashing his pickup into two marked police units.

Cesar Juarez, 29, of the 1600 block of Mahaney Drive, is charged with one count of child abuse, two counts of aggravated battery against a peace officer and one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

Accident in New Mexico Closes Some Lanes Of I-10 In Arizona

11 hours ago

A vehicle accident in New Mexico has forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say Thursday afternoon's closure is about 70 miles east of Tucson, where traffic is being directed onto a roughly 100-mile detour along U.S. Highway 191 to Safford and then eastbound on U.S. Highway 70.

The detour will allow drives to reach I-10 in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Authorities say there is no estimated time to reopen I-10.

Details about the accident weren't immediately released.

Santa Fe Cardiologist Changes Plea To Guilty In Fraud Case

11 hours ago

A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Roy Heilbron entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison and term of supervised release to be determined by the court, which also will determine the restitution amount.

Member Of Sunland Park Heroin Ring Pleads Guilty

11 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE – Armando Daniel Marquez, 54, of Sunland Park, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park, N.M. 

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam

11 hours ago

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area is advising that an unknown person, or persons, is calling customers requesting payment for their utility bills.

Those making the calls are not associated with LCU.

The caller instructs customers to make a payment at a Walgreens location immediately to avoid interruption of utilities services and that they would then be reimbursed within 24-48 hours. Caller also provided a check number for the bogus reimbursement.

New Mexico Bill Would Ban Alcohol For Repeat DWI Offenders

13 hours ago

A new proposal would ban alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers in what would make for one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales is scheduled to be heard by a House committee Thursday.

Under the legislation, those convicted of a second drunken driving offense would be prevented from purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages for a year. A lifetime ban would be imposed after a third conviction.

New Mexico Lawmakers Seek New Powers For Oil Regulators

13 hours ago

Efforts to increase the enforcement powers of New Mexico oil and natural gas regulators over drilling and environmental violations have earned an initial nod of approval from a panel state lawmakers.

A state Senate panel endorsed legislation Thursday that would restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 when aquifers are polluted or threatened by drilling operations, and lesser fines for other violations of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Act. Texas allows daily penalties of $10,000.

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AFT New Mexico: Urge Governor To Pass House Budget

6 hours ago
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“New Mexico lawmakers, under the leadership of Speaker Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, and House Appropriations Chair Patricia Lundstrom, passed a budget which not only increases funding for New Mexico’s public schools and helps protect workers, but also tackled the long overdue issue of closing tax loopholes and finding new ways to raise revenue for our State.

Nuclear Is Renewable Energy?

9 hours ago

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements:

El Paso Electric and the Public Interest

13 hours ago

Commentary:  What’s the problem?

As a regulated monopoly, El Paso Electric (EPE) operates on a cost plus basis.  This means it receives reimbursement for all operating expenses plus a profit margin.  For shareholders the return on equity is currently 9.48%[i] and is applied to all non-depreciated capital assets, including power plants still in service within the EPE system.[ii]

Unless They Get Serious About it, Stop Calling It "Pro-Life"

16 hours ago

  Commentary: We can stop pretending the abortion fight is about "life" as a general moral good. A freshman lawmaker in the state of Oklahoma has spoken with such candor about his effort to obstruct abortion rights that he has given away the game.

 

Trump’s Rhetoric Degrades Freedom of Press

16 hours ago
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Commentary: Even before the Revolutionary war began, the founding fathers and mothers articulated how important the freedom of the press is. The Continental Congress – the legislative body of these political minds – wrote in 1774:

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