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At Least 150 People Killed After Oil Truck Catches Fire In Pakistan

Updated at 8:20 a.m. ET At least 150 people who had gathered to collect fuel from an overturned tanker truck in Pakistan were killed when it caught fire Sunday, according to The Associated Press. More than 100 people were injured, many with severe burns. "Authorities say most of the bodies are burnt beyond recognition and the death toll is likely to rise," reporter Abdul Sattar in Islamabad reports for NPR. "Children and women are among the injured." The oil tanker was traveling to the city...

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Doña Ana County Opens Cooling Stations

Jun 22, 2017

 Several Doña Ana County Community Resource Centers will double as cooling stations this week, relieving residents of triple-digit temperatures as the forecast for Thursday and Friday are expected to reach 109 and 108 degrees, respectively.

The temporary centers are designated for the elderly, travelers passing through Doña Ana County, or anyone seeking cool shelter and rehydration from the sun and extreme temperatures.

   The designated cooling centers include:

Delores Wright CRC

400 E. Lisa Dr., Chaparral

UTEP Scientists Awarded Patent for Chagas Disease Vaccine

Jun 22, 2017

A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine.

Researchers Rosa Maldonado, Ph.D., and Igor Almeida, Ph.D., both faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently were granted a patent for “Mucin-Associated Surface Protein As Vaccine Against Chagas Disease.”

Las Cruces Municipal Court Cuts Hours Due To Heat

Jun 22, 2017

  Municipal Court in Las Cruces, 135 E. Griggs Ave., is on an abbreviated schedule until further notice due to loss of air conditioning in the building. Early morning temperatures are between 85 and 90 degrees with temperatures expected to rise as the days progress.

 

The court schedule for the next few days will be:

 

NMSU’s Fulton Center 3rd Floor Bistro will adjust hours in July

Jun 22, 2017

New Mexico State University’s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center will adjust their hours of operation starting in July.

The Bistro will now be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only and will feature their signature buffets on each of those days. The regular menu options will no longer be available. The buffet events will start Thursday, July 6, as the Bistro will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for the holiday. 

Regulators Say Three Pueblos Owe State Money Over Casino Revenue

Jun 22, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators say three pueblos owe New Mexico a combined $40 million under a long-disputed interpretation of an old agreement for sharing revenue from tribal casinos.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Tesuque, Sandia and Isleta pueblos have asked a judge to block the state from collecting what they argue would amount to an illegal tax.

The disagreement centers over free play credits that are given to entice gamblers to play slots.

Feds: $2.7 Million In Grants Available For New Mexico Businesses

Jun 22, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Small businesses in New Mexico working on new innovations that could help the U.S. Energy Department will be getting a boost thanks to $2.7 million in federal grant funding.

The agency announced the grants this week. In all, officials say $116 million in grants will be awarded nationwide for research and development through a technology transfer program aimed at helping small businesses.

Cibola National Forest Imposes Stringent Fire Restrictions

Jun 22, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Persistent hot, dry conditions have prompted forest officials in central New Mexico to impose more stringent fire restrictions.

The Cibola National Forest says the restrictions apply to the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts. The Mt. Taylor district in western New Mexico will enter stage-two restrictions later this week, which prohibit campfires and wood, coal and charcoal stoves.

The district that covers the Datil, San Mateo and Magdalena mountains entered stage-one restrictions Wednesday.

New Mexico Game Wardens Investigating Illegal Activity

Jun 22, 2017
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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have seized 17 illegal game animal heads while serving search warrants at multiple locations in Farmington.

The state Game and Fish Department confirmed Wednesday that a Farmington man is facing multiple charges stemming from an investigation into what appears to be illegal activity.

Agency spokesman Ross Morgan declined to identify the man or list the charges, saying the investigation is ongoing.

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Jun 22, 2017

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Dr. Gregory Ewing

LAS CRUCES--- Following many words of praise for the work he has done since he arrived in Las Cruces, Dr. Greg Ewing, Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools, was given a two-year contract by the Las Cruces Board of Education.  The contract is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 and was based on his mid-year performance evaluation.

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Goodman: Waiting For Wise, Patient Leadership

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Commentary: Sometimes it's easy to see what should be done.

In December 1941, few doubted we needed to beat the Nazi's and the Japanese.

In 1966, it was obviously pointless to battle against Vietnamese independence. The Vietnamese deserved freedom. They'd whipped the French convincingly. We couldn't prevail without destroying the people whose hearts and minds we supposedly sought to win. Their independent spirit and historical enmity toward China meant they wouldn't be China's puppet.

Commentary: In a recent interview with the Deming Headlight, Congressman Steve Pearce was asked about his position on the current review of America’s prized national monuments, a review that could precipitate a resizing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in Dona Ana County.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after weeks of hiding the bill from the American people to avoid answering tough questions.

Commentary: Once upon a time, when this columnist was beginning a career as an actor, one of the first producers who gave me a job was Oskar Eustis. He is at the center of a controversy this week over a production of Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar” in New York City. Anyone who has worked with Oskar or engaged him in conversation can guess two things as this illiterate scandal roils around his new production. One, Eustis certainly does not endorse assassination; and two, part of him must be thrilled that a play is arousing controversy in 2017.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
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 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released to following statement after Senate Republicans released the healthcare bill they drafted behind closed doors:

"Republicans are actively working to take away the health care many New Mexicans rely on to stay healthy. Under the Republican plan children will go without doctor appointments, rural hospitals will be forced to close, and heath care professionals in our state will see their jobs disappear. .

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