Judge drops murder case, citing speedy trial violation

9 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A murder case against a man accused of killing his roommate in Nambe has been dismissed.

A judge ordered Robert Mondrian-Powell set free on Friday. The judge said the state violated Mondrian-Powell's right to a speedy trial, although not intentionally.

Prosecutor Martin Maxwell said in court he's been working on the case since he got it. He declined comment on the judge's ruling.

Public defender Jennifer Burrill twice the court to drop the charges on different grounds.

New Mexico lawmakers consider revisiting complex liquor laws

11 hours ago
Truth or Consequences, NM

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering rethinking New Mexico's complex liquor licensing system in hopes that more local alcohol vendors can help revitalize downtowns in smaller cities, like a brewery did for Truth or Consequences.

Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

11 hours ago

  SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move decried by advocates as a cruel and ineffective attempt to deter families from coming to the United States.

Protesters, lawmakers want immigrant families reunited

11 hours ago martin heinrich

  MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Demonstrators led rallies and protests on Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them.

Hundreds of people rallied near a Homestead, Florida, facility where immigrant children are being held. Demonstrators also marched in San Diego carrying signs reading "Free the Kids" and "Keep Families Together."

Michael Hernandez

As the City of Las Cruces examines the local impact of raising minimum wage, let’s review the facts.

Hidden Jobs Become Visible To Las Cruces Students

Jun 22, 2018

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) trucks were onsite and lined up in all their shapes and sizes. It was Career Day at Desert Trails Elementary school in Chaparral, and students were catching a glimpse of the heavy equipment necessary to provide multiple utility services to a large population…as well as peeking at possible career futures for themselves.

Donor establishes endowment at NMSU for underrepresented students

Jun 22, 2018

In 1998, a report published by the National Academy of Engineering indicated that diversity within the industry was not representative of the population of the United States. Twenty years later, the industry remains as it was, with few disciplines making headway in educating and employing underrepresented populations, particularly Native American and Hispanic.

Transport Officer Accused Of New Mexico Inmate Sex Assault

Jun 22, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prison transport officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate in New Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico said Thursday a grand jury indicted 51-year-old James Baldinger, of Minnesota, on charges he also used a firearm to carry out the assault.

Baldinger appeared in federal court from Duluth, Minnesota.

Nurse Sentenced In Oxycodone Pill Scheme

Jun 22, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a hospice nurse has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining, and selling oxycodone.

Desiree Ulibarri, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Thursday on conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, an opioid, and conspiracy to acquire and obtain it by fraud and deceit.

The 32-year-old is accused of recommending oxycodone prescriptions for patients who did not need them. She also is accused of selling the pills after arranging to have them picked up at a courier site rather than delivered to patients.

The Latest: US Senator Visits Shelter Housing Teen Migrants

Jun 22, 2018

  HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

3:22 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has visited a Miami-area facility housing more than 1,000 teenage migrants.

After his tour Friday, the Florida Republican said he didn't speak to any of the children inside the Homestead complex because of privacy regulations.


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  Commentary: El Paso- Paso del Sur announces the launch of a new citizens initiative petitioning the City Council of El Paso to pass an ordinance so that voters can decide on proposed changes to Proposition 2 of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Election. These changes represent a viable solution for the problems that the City is facing in fulfilling its promises to the people of El Paso.


Commentary: New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez (D-Bernalillo) today called on Governor Susana Martinez to withdraw the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. In her letter, Senator Lopez questions the governor’s support of President Trump’s policy that has led to the separation of more than 2000 children from their parents. Lopez goes on to state that these recent actions run counter to the mission of the National Guard, and they should therefore be pulled from deployment.

Can Forgiving Debt Address Income Inequality?

Jun 22, 2018
Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: Increasing income and wealth inequality is a major social concern. In many ancient societies, the tendency toward inequality was countered with debt-cancellation Jubilees. These occurred regularly in the ancient middle east as is documented, for example, in the Bible.

Pearce Votes For Farm Bill Requiring Work Or Job Training For Food Assistance

Jun 21, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which passed the House by a final vote of 213 to 211. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, this is the second time that House has voted on this critically important legislation for the nation. It was first brought to the House floor on May 18, 2018 and failed to pass.

Congressman Pearce voted for the bill both times it was considered before the House. His stance on the bill has not changed.

Report: Black Children in New Mexico Suffer Significant Disparities

Jun 21, 2018

Commentary: A new KIDS COUNT report out today shows that New Mexico’s Black child population faces more barriers to success than does its White and Asian child populations. New Mexico’s Black children are more likely to be born at a low birthweight and to die in infancy, and Black youth are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school and incarcerated.

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