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Congress Passes Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown, Again Punts On Health Care

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET. With the clock ticking, Congress on Friday managed to fulfill its basic function — keeping the federal government running. The House and Senate approved a short-term measure that funds the government for another week. Lawmakers voted hours ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of federal agencies. Friday's extension gives members of Congress more time — until midnight on May 5 — to try to reach a deal on a spending bill that will last through the...

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Victims Identified In New Mexico Wal-Mart Double Shooting

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GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The victims of a double shooting at a Wal-Mart in New Mexico have been identified as a couple from Arizona.

The Gallup Independent reported Thursday that the victims are 70-year-old Virginia Leichliter and 70-year-old Gary Crakow. The couple's dog was also shot.

Police say the victims were not married.

What transpired before the shooting is currently under investigation. Police say the car both victims were found in had been hitched to a tow truck when they arrived.

Study Finds Health Care Overhaul Would Burden New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis commissioned by a liberal-oriented advocacy group tallies the local financial effects of Republican plans to overhaul Medicaid health care.

The study released Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty concludes New Mexico state government would be compelled to pay an additional $3 billion from 2020 to 2026 to maintain current levels of Medicaid coverage and services.

New Mexico is among states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court's decision in a criminal case stemming from a drug seizure and arrest says a driver's brief touching of her lane's left yellow line while she passed other vehicles on the right wasn't enough to justify a 2013 traffic stop.

A state Court of Appeals decision Tuesday says Karen Siqueiros-Valenzuela's momentary failure to stay entirely in her lane didn't provide reasonable suspicion for an officer to pull her over on Interstate 40 near Grants.

More Universities In New Mexico Seek Tuition Increase

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Student tuitions are on the rise at one of the nation's most affordable state university systems in response to New Mexico's state budget crisis.

Regents at New Mexico Highlands University were considering Friday a 7.5 percent tuition hike in anticipation of new state funding cuts. Fall tuition increases have been approved at a trio of state universities and a community college in Santa Fe as administrators grapple with major financial uncertainties.

Income Dips From New Mexico State Trust Lands

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state trust lands generated $399 million in income during the first nine-months of the fiscal year ending in March — a slight decrease from the previous year.

The New Mexico State Land office said Thursday that income predominantly from oil and natural gas royalties and leases fell from $410 million.

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

This week, President Donald Trump issued an Antiquities Act executive order that calls for a review of national monuments designated back to the beginning of 1996 with 100, 000 acres or more. The move also opens the monuments up for review for possible modifications. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has spoken out against the executive order and he says he will work to protect New Mexico’s newly designated national monuments.

Dr. Gregory Ewing

In February, Las Cruces Public Schools had over 2,300 students miss class after a reported immigration raid in the community.

Dr. Gregory Ewing, Superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools says that the most important thing is that students come to school. He says that parents who may be concerned about any possible immigration enforcement actions have options in the district when it comes to getting their children to school if they notify the district.

“We will ensure that a bus comes to your residence to pick up your child and bring them to school,” says Ewing.

Your Weekend Pulse!

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Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Las Cruces Country Music Festival, a craft beer fest, and a musical satire of bureaucracy. 

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Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico LULAC District II Director, Dr. Juan B. Garcia from New Mexico State University-Alamogordo with information about the 88th Annual State LULAC Convention.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1929 with a focus on education, civil rights, health and employment.

Leora Zeitlin

“I am a romantic,” says acclaimed choral composer James Mulholland, who has spent this week on the NMSU campus as composer-in-residence. “I seek beauty, and my music is so very dear to me." Mulholland says he loved literature from an early age – he grew up hearing his father recite hundreds of poems by heart – but his own talent was in music. “Then I found out there was an art form where you could put the two together – music and texts – and I found my calling.”

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Governor’s call for tax reform during special session irresponsible

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Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding Governor Martinez’s speech today at the Tax Research Institute:

Common Cause Report: State of the Swamp at 100 Days

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Commentary: Common Cause has just released a report that summarizes in one place all the conflicts of interest and ethical problems presented by the new administration, Viki Harrison, director of Common Cause New Mexico, said today.  “It’s a great resource and I encourage you to check out” at 

Rep. Keith Ellison

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co- Chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement today after FCC Chairman Pai announced his plan to gut the 2015 Open Internet Order, which established strong anti-discrimination “net neutrality” rules. 

  Commentary: Washington, D.C: A new national survey shows that strong majorities of Democrats and Republicans each oppose the elimination of prevailing wage laws, which establish local-market minimum wages for different skilled crafts on government funded construction projects. The survey of 1,000 2016 voters was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research (ALG) from February 23-28, with a margin of error of +/-3.2%.

Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

Apr 26, 2017

  Commentary: WASHINGTON— President Trump today launched a new attack on 27 national monuments around the country — more than 1 billion acres of natural and cultural wonders on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties.

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