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How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

Daryl Davis is a blues musician, but he also has what some might call an interesting hobby. For the past 30 years, Davis, a black man, has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their hate may be misguided. Since Davis started talking with these members, he says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes. When that happens, Davis collects the robes and keeps them in his home as a reminder of the dent he has made in...

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Independent monitor files mixed report on APD reform

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing a years long Albuquerque police reform effort found the department is "well below what could reasonably be expected at this point in the project," but has improved in reporting use-of-force incidents.

James Ginger, the monitor, on Friday filed a 41-page report that is intended to determine if the Albuquerque Police Department's efforts have achieved the goals outlined in a settlement between the Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police chief responds to Jeff Sessions' threat

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief has responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to not give the city federal resources due to its detainment practices.

Chief Gorden Eden wrote in a letter to Sessions that the city plans to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at reducing crime, which Sessions threatened to exclude Albuquerque from, calling it a sanctuary city for people who are illegally in the country.

Eden denied being the chief of a sanctuary city.

Woman's SWAT selection advances female police roles in state

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  AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — One New Mexico county has its first female SWAT operator, a reflection of the increasing role of women in police departments across the nation.

Juan County Deputy Robyn Roe wanted to become a SWAT member because of her military experience. Roe served a tour in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard in 2013 and 2014. She was a motor transportation operator.

She recently finished a six-year enlistment and in June re-enlisted for another six-year term.

New Mexico parks, monuments gear up for solar eclipse

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico might not be the perfect spot for viewing the solar eclipse but several state parks and national monuments are still planning viewing parties.

Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Other parts will see only a partial eclipse.

The celestial event begins in New Mexico at 10:21 a.m. By 11:45 a.m., viewers here will be able to see nearly three-quarters of the sun blotted out by the moon.

Las Cruces: Water Waste Will Not Be Tolerated

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“During the summer, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) receives an average of 60 reports per month reporting water waste,” says Rhonda Diaz, water conservation program coordinator. Some water waste reports come from water conservation compliance staff and some from residents. “The incidents observed by our compliance staff, or reported by residents, are documented with photos and field reports,” Diaz adds.

Usually, within 48-hours a doorhanger violation notice is hanging on the door of the violator, and LCU sends a Certified Letter to the person responsible for paying the water bill.

I-10 Closures This Week

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I-10 East Ramps @ Sunland

All Day, 27 hours

3 a.m. Sunday, August 20 to 6 a.m. Monday, August 21

·     The Sunland Park Exit Ramp from I-10 East will close.

·     The Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 East will close.

Alternate routes:  Drivers on I-10 East who want to avoid the I-10/Sunland interchange should use North Mesa Street (SH 20) or Transmountain Road (Loop 375).

After a 9-year delay, construction is finally expected to begin in September to bring sanitary city sewer to another Las Cruces neighborhood. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Regulatory Environmental Services/Technical Support Administrator, Carl N. Clark, P.E., explains: “The Doña Ana Sewer Extension project needs to happen now because of the risk of contaminating nearby water wells due to failing septic systems in some neighborhoods. This is a top priority project.”

This past spring, the College of Engineering launched the first phase of its Engineering Learning Communities initiative with the offering of tutoring to all engineering students. The effort was successful, with a steady stream of students seeking tutoring assistance. Now, with the generous support of donors, Engineering Learning Communities will formally begin the fall semester with additional student services.

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has been named the host for the 2017 Naval Sea Systems Command Small Business Innovation Research Western States Topics Summit, an important event that addresses opportunities for New Mexico technology-based innovative businesses to connect with the U.S. Navy. 

Albuquerque was chosen as a location over larger seaside metropolitan areas for the Dec. 13 event, which will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

KRWG is speaking with candidates who have announced that they are running for New Mexico's District two Congressional seat. On a recent episode of KRWG-TV's In Focus, David Baake a candidate who has announced he is entering the democratic primary for the district two seat shares why he is running.

"The reason why I wanted to get into politics is because after this last election, all of the progress that we have been making on trying to protect our environment, trying to create clean energy jobs, it's all in jeopardy," says Baake.

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Republicans Turn To Tax Cuts

13 hours ago

Commentary: Trump and Republicans want to turn away from the Charlottesville moral equivalent argument about Nazis & White Supremacy to tax cuts—not tax reform. Ever since Reagan, the only policy options put forth by Republicans have been tax cuts and deregulation. Starve the Government and everything will be wonderful.  In the 1920’s that led to a great depression, in the 80’s we tripled our national debt, and in 2008 it led to the great recession.

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Commentary: WASHINGTON ― Billed as a ‘free speech’ rally in Boston, thousands of counter-protesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets, causing the planned rally to end early.

Standing Against Oppression Is Not A Partisan Issue

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Commentary: I think I understand why revulsion at Trump's comments on Charlottesville is so universal.

Trump's “both sides are wrong” response didn't shock or surprise me. Local Republican County Chair Roman Jimenez's vicious writing didn't surprise me. Why would they? 

But Trump is suddenly isolated, deserted by business, the military, and other Republicans. Jimenez has resigned under fire. Republican fire. 

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Commentary: The Washington Post recently published transcripts it obtained of a telephone conversation that President Donald Trump had with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after his inauguration in January. The conversation covers trade, illegal drug smuggling, and Trump’s initiative to build a border wall between the two countries. It also reveals some key points about Trump’s view of U.S.-Mexico relations.

A Reality Check On Supporting Nazis

Aug 17, 2017

Commentary: 75 years ago, my father was fighting Nazis in Germany. He and the other members of the Greatest Generation defeated the Nazis then. Who knew that today we would still have to fight those who wave that same flag?

Then, the general who lead the fight against the Nazis went on to become President of the United States as a member of the Republican Party. Today, the man who won the last election for President claims to be a member of that same party and yet defends Nazis.

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