Regional http://krwg.org en Woman Appeals Texas Affirmative Action Ruling http://krwg.org/post/woman-appeals-texas-affirmative-action-ruling <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Attorneys for a woman is renewing her appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:46:22 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71568 at http://krwg.org Perry Slams New Hampshire Senator Who Voted For Immigration Reform http://krwg.org/post/perry-slams-new-hampshire-senator-who-voted-immigration-reform <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Texas Gov. Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's record on border security.</p><p>The Republican governor weighed in on New Hampshire's Senate race on Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. Shaheen will likely face former Republican Sen. Scott Brown in a re-election test this fall.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:56:16 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71540 at http://krwg.org Perry Slams New Hampshire Senator Who Voted For Immigration Reform Lane Closures On University Avenue And Locust Street In Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/lane-closures-university-avenue-and-locust-street-las-cruces <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>University Avenue from Telshor Boulevard to Jack Nicklaus Drive will have lane closures beginning immediately. The closures will be in effect for approximately ten days for milling and overlaying asphalt pavement on University Avenue.</p><p></p><p>The closure will not affect any RoadRUNNER Transit routes. Motorists wanting to avoid possible delays should seek alternate routes. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained during construction.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:54:05 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71539 at http://krwg.org Lane Closures On University Avenue And Locust Street In Las Cruces Immigration And Defense Highlight NMSU Domenici Conference http://krwg.org/post/immigration-and-defense-highlight-nmsu-domenici-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;">The issues that dominate today’s news – the debate on immigration reform, the legislative stalemate in Washington and the future of our national defense strategy – are among the pressing state and national policy topics set to be discussed at the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); fo Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:05:15 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71532 at http://krwg.org Immigration And Defense Highlight NMSU Domenici Conference Texas GOP Candidate For Governor: Ban On Marriage Equality Is Constitutional http://krwg.org/post/texas-gop-candidate-governor-ban-marriage-equality-constitutional <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span>Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is arguing that the U.S. Constitution allows Texas to ban the marriage of same sex couples to promote the birth of children in "stable, lasting relationships." &nbsp;Abbott is the Republican candidate for Texas Governor.</p><p>Abbott's office filed a brief Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:02:05 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71531 at http://krwg.org Texas GOP Candidate For Governor: Ban On Marriage Equality Is Constitutional Santa Fe Wants To Lure "The Bachelor" http://krwg.org/post/santa-fe-wants-lure-bachelor <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p>The city of Santa Fe is trying to get its hands on the "The Bachelor" and it may shell out some money for the mission.</p><p>Councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.</p><p>Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:57:15 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71530 at http://krwg.org Pot Measure Submitted For Albuquerque Ballot http://krwg.org/post/pot-measure-submitted-albuquerque-ballot <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Albuquerque officials are reviewing petitions submitted by backers of a proposal to relax marijuana possession penalties to see whether the measure qualifies to go before voters.</p><p>Supporters on Monday submitted petitions with an estimated 16,000 signatures. The measure needs at least 11,203 valid city voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:56:47 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71529 at http://krwg.org Pot Measure Submitted For Albuquerque Ballot New Law Speeds Closure Of Troubled Texas Charter Schools http://krwg.org/post/new-law-speeds-closure-troubled-texas-charter-schools <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.</p><p>The Texas Education Agency has revoked the license of five charter schools since February. Three others, including one co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, have appeals pending.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:54:47 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71528 at http://krwg.org New Law Speeds Closure Of Troubled Texas Charter Schools Lawmakers: Is Extra Border Spending Worth It? http://krwg.org/post/lawmakers-extra-border-spending-worth-it <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11.199999809265137px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $5.2 million per week it's spending on beefed-up border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:53:33 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71527 at http://krwg.org Lawmakers: Is Extra Border Spending Worth It? Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood Watch http://krwg.org/post/parts-new-mexico-remain-under-flash-flood-watch <p></p><p>Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.</p><p>The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.</p><p>The storms could lead to flood and possibly bring hail. Forecasters say the areas also may see strong winds up to 50 mph.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:53:57 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71512 at http://krwg.org Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood Watch Santa Fe Eyes Wooing 'The Bachelor' To Town http://krwg.org/post/santa-fe-eyes-wooing-bachelor-town <p>The city of Santa Fe is trying to get its hands on the "The Bachelor" and it may shell out some money for the mission.</p><p>The Albuquerque Journal reports that councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.</p><p>Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe.</p><p>The New Mexico Department of Tourism has already agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:27 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71511 at http://krwg.org King Says He Will Ask Court To Decide Donation Issue http://krwg.org/post/king-says-he-will-ask-court-decide-donation-issue <p></p><p>A campaign finance case involving the New Mexico's race for governor is apparently headed to the state Supreme Court</p><p>Democratic nominee and current Attorney General Gary King says he'll ask the justices to decide whether he has to return certain donations as Secretary of State Diana Duran contends.</p><p>The Albuquerque Journal reports that the issue centers on the timing of the contributions. They were made weeks after the June 3 primary election, and Duran contends that contributions for the primary election cycle cannot be accepted after that election.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:57 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71510 at http://krwg.org King Says He Will Ask Court To Decide Donation Issue Texas Lawmakers Scrutinize Costs Of Beefed Up Border http://krwg.org/post/texas-lawmakers-scrutinize-costs-beefed-border <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p>A legislative committee is scrutinizing the more-than-$5 million a week Texas spends on beefed-up security along the Mexican border amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.</p><p>The special Texas House committee on border operations meets Tuesday after the state announced it was spending an extra $1.2 million per week on border security.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:52:22 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71507 at http://krwg.org Texas Lawmakers Scrutinize Costs Of Beefed Up Border New Mexico Tax Holiday Starts Friday For Shoppers http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-tax-holiday-starts-friday-shoppers <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">New Mexico's annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.</span></p><p>Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.</p><p>The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:49:25 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71506 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Tax Holiday Starts Friday For Shoppers Man Arrested After New Mexico Capitol Evacuated http://krwg.org/post/man-arrested-after-new-mexico-capitol-evacuated <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p>A 48-year-old man has been arrested following the evacuation of the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe after a caller allegedly threatened to kill himself there and blow up the building.</p><p>State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the building was closed Monday afternoon after being evacuated. Normal operations resume Tuesday.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:43:41 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71505 at http://krwg.org Man Arrested After New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Retiree Health Care Agency Proposes Solvency Plan http://krwg.org/post/retiree-health-care-agency-proposes-solvency-plan <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Taxpayers and public employees would chip in more money over three years under a proposal to improve the finances of a program providing health care for retired state and local government workers.</p><p>The Retiree Health Care Authority executive director Mark Tyndall said Monday the Legislature will be asked to approve the proposal when it convenes in January.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:02:10 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71478 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To Threat http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-capitol-evacuated-due-threat-0 <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Authorities evacuated the New Mexico Capitol after a male caller threatened to kill himself in the building.</p><p>State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the evacuation was ordered around 12:30 p.m. Monday. He says police know the identity of the caller, but haven't been able to locate him.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:59:29 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71477 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To Threat "Dig" To Film In New Mexico http://krwg.org/post/dig-film-new-mexico <p align="left" style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 20.909090042114258px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>SANTA FE</strong>&nbsp;- New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis, announced today that the Universal Cable Productions television event series "Dig," premiering on USA Network this fall, starring Jason Isaacs<em>&nbsp;(Awake</em><em>)</em>&nbsp;and Anne Heche&nbsp;<em>(</em><em>Save Me</em><em>)</em>, will be partially fil Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:08:03 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71473 at http://krwg.org "Dig" To Film In New Mexico New Mexico Secretary of State Refuses To Defend Closed Primaries; King Steps In http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-secretary-state-refuses-defend-closed-primaries-king-steps <p>This week New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran responded to a lawsuit filed by Albuquerque attorney J. Edward Hollington on behalf of DTS (declined to state a party preference) voter David Crum by declining to defend the constitutionality of the state law that prohibits DTS (independent) voters from casting a ballot in the state’s primary elections.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:32 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71471 at http://krwg.org Parts Of New Mexico See Record Rainfall http://krwg.org/post/parts-new-mexico-see-record-rainfall <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico have seen record rainfall and forecasters say more is coming.</p><p>The National Weather Service says Raton was hit with four inches of rain and Mosquero received close to five inches over a 24 hour period beginning Sunday. Officials say those are likely new daily rainfall records for those northern New Mexico communities.</p><p>Santa Fe also reported seeing up to two inches of rain across the metro area.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:04 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71449 at http://krwg.org Man Gets 22.5-Year Sentence In Death Of 2-Year-Old http://krwg.org/post/man-gets-225-year-sentence-death-2-year-old <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A Farmington-area man has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison on convictions stemming from the beating death of a 2-year-old boy left in his care.</p><p>The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Jason Yazzie of Fruitland was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque in the Aug. 2, 2013 death of the boy identified in court documents only as "KB."</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:20:39 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71448 at http://krwg.org More Hospitals To Test Newborns For Heart Defects http://krwg.org/post/more-hospitals-test-newborns-heart-defects <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>More New Mexico hospitals are about to start screening all newborns for a type of heart disease.</p><p>State health officials say some hospitals already test for a group of heart defects that cause severe, life-threatening symptoms but that others will start doing so Friday.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:18:40 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71447 at http://krwg.org More Hospitals To Test Newborns For Heart Defects Appeals Court Upholds Gun Rule http://krwg.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-gun-rule <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A federal appeals court has upheld the government's right to demand that gun dealers in Southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semi-automatic rifles within five days.</p><p>The 10th U.S Circuit Court of appeals said it was siding with other appellate courts in affirming a lower court's decision in favor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:17:02 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71446 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To 'Threat' http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-capitol-evacuated-due-threat <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><div><p>Authorities have evacuated the New Mexico Capitol due to an unspecified "threat."</p><p>State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the evacuation Monday was ordered around 12:30 p.m. after two threatening phone calls were made by a male caller. Gutierrez says he didn't know the nature of the threat but one call came to the office of Gov. Susana Martinez and another was made to another office.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:15:21 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 71445 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To 'Threat' Doña Ana County Approved For Foreign Trade Zone Status http://krwg.org/post/do-ana-county-approved-foreign-trade-zone-status <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Doña Ana County now has the status as a foreign trade zone.&nbsp; The County has been designated as Foreign-Trade Zone No. 197. The status provides an opportunity for the county to attract new manufacturing jobs to any part of the county.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:05 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71444 at http://krwg.org Doña Ana County Approved For Foreign Trade Zone Status Overtime For Santa Fe Police Fell During Five Day Work Week http://krwg.org/post/overtime-santa-fe-police-fell-during-five-day-work-week <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p>Santa Fe police say overtime costs fell significantly when officers worked five days a week, a schedule that has since been reversed by the current police chief.</p><p>The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that records show overtime payments dropped by 15 percent.</p><p>According to records, the department shelled out $1 million in overtime in 2010.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:30:31 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71434 at http://krwg.org Overtime For Santa Fe Police Fell During Five Day Work Week Proposed West Texas Shelter To Be Largest In U.S. To Hold Unaccompanied Migrant Children http://krwg.org/post/proposed-west-texas-shelter-be-largest-us-hold-unaccompanied-migrant-children <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p>Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.</p><p>A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:29:19 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71433 at http://krwg.org Proposed West Texas Shelter To Be Largest In U.S. To Hold Unaccompanied Migrant Children New Mexico Senators Ask Mexican Officials To Restore Hours At Border http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-senators-ask-mexican-officials-restore-hours-border <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>New Mexico senators are asking Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. to work with his country's customs agency to restore their operating hours at the Santa Teresa port of entry.</p><p>The Las Cruces Sun-News reports&nbsp;that U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter Friday to Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:16:22 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71431 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Senators Ask Mexican Officials To Restore Hours At Border Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract Offer http://krwg.org/post/workers-santa-fe-hospital-reject-contract-offer <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.</span></p><p>Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:14:28 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71430 at http://krwg.org "Go Teacher" Ecuador Scholar Program at NMSU http://krwg.org/post/go-teacher-ecuador-scholar-program-nmsu <p>http://youtu.be/k3liRP4wHic</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">The "Go Teacher" program is in its third year at New Mexico State University. The goal of the program is to teach English Language fluency and English language teaching methodologies to Ecuadorian English teachers. The scholars spend seven months taking classes at New Mexico State University, while also discovering the culture of New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border region.</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:12:39 +0000 News Editor And Partners 71401 at http://krwg.org