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High Court To Hear Case Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting

In June 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez and his friends were playing chicken at the U.S.-Mexico border, daring each other to run up and touch the tall border fence separating Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas. At some point during their game, U.S. border patrol agent Jesus Mesa arrived on a bicycle. He detained one of the kids on the U.S. side while the others ran away. Hernandez hid behind a pillar beneath a bridge on the Mexican side of the border. A cellphone video shows the boy...

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Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement regarding House passage of a budget (House Bill 2):

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. - A bill in response to President Trump’s threats to repeal Obamacare moved out of committee on Monday.

In Depth: Dismay And Delight On Presidents Day

10 hours ago
facebook.com (donald trump)

The United States on Monday marked Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as Republican President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and the delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office.

The holiday began as a celebration of George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, and its official name remains Washington's Birthday.

Several Tornadoes Hit Central Texas

10 hours ago

Authorities say severe storms have pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas, ripping the roofs from homes in San Antonio and toppling freight train cars near Austin.

No major injuries have been reported from the storms that moved across the area late Sunday and early Monday.

Officials estimate the weather damaged roughly 150 structures, most of them homes and apartments in the San Antonio area. The National Weather Service has confirmed at least six tornadoes touched down, though not all in populated areas.

Texas child welfare agency adding 400-plus new staff members

10 hours ago

The head of Texas' troubled foster care system says emergency state funding helped hire 441 new employees in December and January, a two-thirds increase over the same period the previous year.

Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman told a state House committee on Monday that an additional around 250 staff should be hired soon. The Legislature approved nearly $150 million for about 830 extra employees.

Las Cruces City Council To Vote On Opposition To Border Wall

10 hours ago
Simon Thompson

The Las Cruces City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution expressing opposition to President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The resolution by Mayor Pro Tem Greg Smith contends a border wall would harm the area's economy by hurting its relationship with Mexico.

It also would ask federal authorities to find a more effective way to address concerns over illegal immigration.

Trump's plan to build a border wall is a key feature in a larger effort by the president to toughen up immigration enforcement.

Lawmakers Unveil New Mexico Budget Plan

12 hours ago

Democratic New Mexico lawmakers are advancing a $6.1 budget plan that would increase classroom spending, shore up judicial funding and replenish incentives for job training and business expansions.

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee on Monday approved the spending bill for the fiscal year starting July 1 in a vote that divided Democrats and Republicans.

New Mexico Bill Would Ban Drones Near Power Plants, Airports

12 hours ago

A New Mexico lawmaker has proposed banning drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants, refineries and other such critical-infrastructure facilities.

Violations under the bill by Republican Sen. Greg Baca of Belen would be misdemeanors.

While noting there are federal regulations governing drone usage, Baca says it's important for the state to have regulations protecting critical facilities.

Other such critical facilities include airports, government buildings and law enforcement and military facilities.

Baca introduced the bill earlier this month.

New Mexico Senate Endorses Popular-Vote System For President

12 hours ago

New Mexico would join a movement to elect U.S. presidents by popular vote under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Monday in favor joining an inter-state compact that requires Electoral College voters to cast ballots for the national popular vote winner. Democrats backed the bill in a 26-16 vote along party lines. The bill now moves to the House.

Man From Anton Chico Dies In One-Vehicle Accident

13 hours ago

A 19-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle accident near Anton Chico.

New Mexico State Police say 19-year-old Mario Maestas of Anton Chico ran off the roadway Sunday morning on State Road 451, overturned his vehicle and collided with a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Clerk Builds Partnerships to Consolidate Elections

Feb 19, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary: I am not surprised in the dismal turnout in the recent school board elections. The election laws in New Mexico confuse voters.  

2,693 out of 61,540 voters cast their vote in an election that impacts our children’s daily lives.  We should all be concerned by the low turnout because lack of participation kills democracy in our community.

peter goodman

  Commentary: Tuesday's Dona Ana County commission meeting felt like a scene in a reality TV series: tangled plot and subplots, threats and harsh words, naked human emotions on public display.

The obvious tensions between Chairwoman Isabella Solis and County Manager Julia Brown, and between County Sheriff Kiki Vigil and Commissioner Billy Garrett, reminded me of family quarrels. I recalled my father saying sternly to us, “I don't care who started it, but I'm finishing it.”

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In response, Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Dear Secretary DeVos:

I am writing in response to your voice mail. I’m an elementary teacher from Utah. I’ve taught in middle-class suburbs. I’ve taught homeless children and hard-to-place foster kids in a residential home. I know how important it is for my students to have education leaders who understand their lives and the support they need. As president of the 3-million-member National Education Association, I look for partners to stand with us as we protect the rights of all our students.

  Commentary: Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) has launched NSC Watch, a project designed to inform the public about the role of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, as well as other security concerns under the Trump administration. 

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