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California Lawmakers Approve Mandatory Sentencing For Rape

The California Assembly unanimously passed a measure that requires a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.The 66-0 vote comes after a six-month jail sentence (and three years' probation) imposed in June by Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky on former Stanford student Brock Turner. He had been convicted earlier in the year of three felony counts of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman at a fraternity party. That sentence was...
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The Latest: Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death

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The Latest on reaction to the brutal death of an Albuquerque girl last week (all times local):

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City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

  Two talented New Mexico State University graduate students, Carlos Murguia and Victor Cruz, have made Arrowhead Center their nexus for productivity and success. The two students, both from Mexico, first came to NMSU in summer 2015 for a two-month combined program that included English as a second language, GRE training and an entrepreneurship and technology commercialization internship with Arrowhead Center.

New Mexico Official To Grant Right-Of-Way For New Power Line

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New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
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New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has decided to grant a right of way for a proposed new transmission line between southern New Mexico and southern Arizona.

Dunn's announcement Tuesday says the Southline Transmission Project will improve New Mexico's electric grid and support the transmission of electricity to key markets while generating revenue for the State Trust.

He also says Southline is striving to use existing corridors and minimize the overall footprint on trust lands.

  Santa Fe, NM –The New Mexico State Forestry Division (NMSF) is sending help to western states affected by ongoing wildfires.  116 personnel, including 40 members of the Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter Program, are supporting teams on fires in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

New Mexico Judges Disband Chaves County Grand Jury

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Judges in New Mexico say they have disbanded a grand jury in Chaves County because of a lack of funding.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that judges of the Fifth Judicial District disbanded the county's second grand jury, saying there wasn't enough money to pay jurors.

The district judges last year denied a citizen petition asking for an 18-month grand jury in Chaves County, but they did convene a grand jury in the county for three months. The second grand jury was created in May.

  The fall semester may just be getting underway, but the group of university scholars serving as this year’s Domenici Public Policy Conference student panelists has already been busy for weeks, preparing for the important role they’ll play during the conference, set for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

  Commentary:  To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities are safe, people are healthy and thriving, and everyone has the opportunity to build a secure future.

Pearce Issues Statement On Support Of Solar Energy Legislation

7 hours ago
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: 

Las Cruces Man Arrested On Federal Child Exploitation Charges

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   ALBUQUERQUE – Ignacio Salcido Jr., 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., made his initial appearance in federal court yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with transportation of a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity.  Salcido remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled on Sept. 1, 2016.

  A Las Cruces man armed with a knife is suspected of threatening to kill a woman and her young nephew.

Martin Sedillo, 53, of the 1900 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Sedillo was on foot near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Lees Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. A 21-year-old woman and her 12-year-old nephew were nearby when they heard Sedillo yelling at another woman.

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Commentary: Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving. The ad – which can be viewed here – centers around a terrified girl whose intoxicated father is behind the wheel of their family vehicle, swerving in and out of lanes and putting lives in danger.

  Commentary:  To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities are safe, people are healthy and thriving, and everyone has the opportunity to build a secure future.

Pearce Issues Statement On Support Of Solar Energy Legislation

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 Commentary:  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: 

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 Commentary: Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) released the following statement after Governor Martinez’s Secretary of Economic Development, Jon Barela left his post for a job in the Texas private sector. 

 

Hynes: Spaceport Must Be Used For Launch And Re-entry

Aug 29, 2016

  Commentary: On July 30, a team of New Mexico State students, faculty, staff and FLARE model rocket club members went out to the Jornada range to launch a large custom-made rocket containing a student experiment. NASA, through New Mexico Space Grant, funded this project.

The experiment is part of a research project assistant professor Krishna Kota is building at NMSU. Stephen Stochaj is also part of this group. We are adding to a growing list of space hardware focused on solving the challenges of living off Earth. This experiment is a heat exchanger.

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