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6:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jazz, classical, marches all part of the mix for Mesilla Valley Concert Band concert

Conductor Bill Clark with the score of "Quartets," which the Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform under his baton.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Conductor Dr. William Clark says he likes to stretch the musicians of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, and their March 1st concert includes a wide range of pieces that will do just that. From Tchaikovsky and Holst to contemporary composers Roger Cichy and Tom Dossett, and, as always, a Sousa march, the concert will showcase the many talents of the ensemble, particularly the trombones – who will play Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones,” transcribed by local trombonist Tom Wildman. Clark came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert.

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Local Viewpoints
2:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

NM Senate Majority Leader Challenges Martinez And Skandera To Take High-Stakes Exam

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – Responding to parents and students who are concerned about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

In Depth: Other States Already Require The Campaign Finance Disclosure Being Resisted In New Mexico

  How much, and what kind of information must lobbyists disclose. It’s a familiar issue at the Roundhouse.

New Mexico’s lobbyists already publicly say how they spend money, although it varies lobbyist by lobbyist how detailed those reports are.

Now New Mexico’s state lawmakers are being asked to require lobbyists to disclose the issues they’re working and the sources of their compensation -- and how much that is.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Panel Approves Uber, Lyft Regulation Bill

A measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft has cleared its first hurdle.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 8-3 on Thursday to approve a proposal that would require such services to provide insurance and conduct rigorous background checks on drivers

Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose are sponsoring the bipartisan legislation as state officials wrestle with how to respond to the expansion of Uber and Lyft in the state.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Perry Lawyers Continue Efforts To Get Felony Case Dismissed

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Attorneys for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have asked a state appeals court to dismiss felony abuse-of-power charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate on free-speech grounds.

In briefs processed Thursday by the Third Court of Appeals, Perry's lawyers argue that more than just their client's freedom is at stake.

They say the Republican was acting within his rights when he issued a 2013 veto.

His attorneys also have repeatedly sought to dismiss the case with the district court judge presiding over it.

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Local Viewpoints
11:29 am
Thu February 26, 2015

National Hispanic Media Coalition Commends FCC For Net Neutrality Rules

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  WASHINGTON - The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) commended the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) historic vote today to adopt strong Net Neutrality rules that use the FCC's authority under Title II to prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization online. In a standing-room-only open meeting, the FCC adopted the strongest Open Internet rules that it has ever put forth, implementing the light-touch regulations that more than 4 million people and countless civil rights leaders have advocated. 

 

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Online EXTRA
9:21 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Balderas Supports Bill For Campaign Finance Disclosure

Credit Hector Balderas

SB 278, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith, will be heard Thursday by the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee in Room 315.  The bill, which requires disclosure of donors to independent political action committees, picked up a new supporter this week – the Attorney General.  SB 384, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, mirrors SB 278 in the Senate.

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Local Viewpoints
9:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Democrats: "Right To Work For Less" Bill Marks A "Sad Day" For The State

Credit New Mexico Democratic Party Chair Sam Bregman

  Governor Martinez and NM House Republicans continued their attack on working men and women by passing a ‘right to work for less’ bill through the state house last night.  This bill, championed by business and wealthy interests does nothing to create jobs or improve the economy for New Mexicans.

The sole intent of the legislation is to weaken and destroy unions and working class New Mexicans as well as the strong support that labor unions offer to the poor and middle class.

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Regional
7:24 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Panel Eyes Limiting Solitary Confinement

A New Mexico House panel is scheduled to debate a proposal that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is set Thursday to discuss a measure that would also limit solitary confinement to no more than consecutive 15 days and no more than 60 days a year.

The proposal comes after a number of high-profile lawsuits by inmates who alleged that they were placed in inhumane and filthy isolation cells in state prisons or county jails.

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Regional
7:22 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico House Panel Eyes Regulating Uber, Lyft

A New Mexico House committee is set to discuss a measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss a proposal that would require such services to provide insurance and conduct rigorous background checks on drivers

Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose are sponsoring the bipartisan legislation as state officials wrestle with how to respond to the expansion of Uber and Lyft in the state.

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Regional
7:20 am
Thu February 26, 2015

State Official: Court Rulings Boost Cost Of Auto Insurance

A state official says New Mexico drivers are paying more for part of their automobile insurance because of court rulings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Insurance Superintendent John Franchini says court rulings on uninsured motorist coverage are allowing more claims and increasing the size of settlements.

Franchini in particular points to a 2010 state Supreme Court decision in particular for increases in premiums for uninsured motorist coverage.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Traveling Exhibit Sheds Light On Human Trafficking

It is estimated that more than 27 million people worldwide are victims of Human Trafficking. Paso del Norte Center for hope tries to raise awareness of the issue, and brought the traveling exhibit SOLD: the human trafficking experience to Las Cruces.

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Regional
5:41 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Otero County To Settle Solitary Confinement Lawsuit For $2.9 Million

A New Mexico man allegedly kept in filthy solitary confinement conditions and reportedly was denied proper health care has settled his federal lawsuit.

A lawyer for 51-year-old Jerome Gonzales announced Wednesday that his client settled his lawsuit with Otero County for $2.9 million.

Attorney Matthew Coyte said Gonzales suffered from mental illness and was not given proper treatment while in the southern New Mexico county jail.

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Regional
5:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

In Depth: A Busy Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The rabbi who defied Texas' same-sex marriage ban and wed a lesbian couple last week led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday, catching staunch supporters of the prohibition off-guard.

Rabbi Kerry Baker didn't reference the nuptials, which are being challenged by the state attorney general, but urged lawmakers to pay special attention to people who are marginalized and to treat everyone equally.

"It's not enough to do what is good for the majority, but to do what is good for all of us," Baker said.

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Regional
5:36 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Trafficking Heroin

  ALBUQUERQUE – Nathan Andrew Maestas, 31, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 72 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for heroin trafficking charges in connection with five cases filed in 2013 as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Doña Ana County, N.M.

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Local Viewpoints
5:33 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Pearce Blasts President's Veto Of Keystone Pipeline

  Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued a formal response to the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.  Approved by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, the legislation would put an end to the lengthy and unnecessary delay of the Keystone project that has spanned over six years.  Congressman Pearce issued the following reaction to the veto: 

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Regional
12:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspects Sought In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the two men suspected of committing an armed robbery Tuesday morning.

At around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, a resident was walking from his vehicle near the 600 block of Lane when he was approached by two men who asked for loose change. The man began to hand over a few dollar bills when one of the suspects pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.

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Online EXTRA
12:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Upgrades At The Rio Grande Theatre In Las Cruces

  In September 2005, the 79-year-old Rio Grande Theatre began the next stage in its evolution as an entertainment and cultural center in the heart of Las Cruces. 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the monumental effort by the Doña Ana Arts Council to restore the historic landmark, with generous support from New Mexico state legislators, the City of Las Cruces and the community at large.

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Regional
7:58 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Child Protection Bills Roll Through New Mexico Legislature

In an otherwise rancorous legislative session, New Mexico lawmakers are finding common ground on bills aimed at keeping children safe.

Child protection measures are enjoying bipartisan support during a 60-day session that just passed its midpoint. That's despite party-line votes on a host of contentious issues that range from abortion and right-to-work to driver's licenses for those suspected of being in the country illegally.

Lawmakers say tackling crimes against children is a non-partisan issue.

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Regional
7:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Four Corners Sees Spikes In Marijuana Seizures

New statistics show that a Four Corners regional narcotics taskforce has seized around six times as much marijuana in 2014 than the previous year.

The Daily Times reports that the Region II Narcotics Taskforce seized 245 pounds of marijuana, which has an approximate street value nearly $200,000.

Taskforce director Phil Goodwin says the spike in seizures could largely be attributed to the recent arrests of two men who were operating growing houses.

The taskforce seized 88 pounds of marijuana in 2012 and 40 pounds of marijuana in 2013.

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Regional
7:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Marshals Service: Dozens Of Fugitives Apprehended In Roundup

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Law enforcement authorities in New Mexico say they arrested dozens of violent fugitives in the latest phase of a statewide operation.

The U.S. Marshals Service says federal, state and local officers apprehended 24 violent fugitives during the second phase of "Operation Desert Snow."

That phase of the operation was conducted in Dona Ana, Lincoln, Luna, Otero and Sierra counties in southern New Mexico on Feb. 19-22.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission Indefinitely Postpones Voting On County Manager Campaign Donations

  Over the past 3 months, questions have been raised about a campaign donation given to County Commissioner Ben Rawson from County Manager Julia Brown. The County Commission was set to vote on a proposal that would have limited the County Manager’s ability to make donations, but the measure was indefinitely postponed.

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Regional
8:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New Mexico House Approves Budget

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal that includes pay raises for new teachers and state police officers.

The House voted 42-25 Tuesday following a three-hour debate. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Adopting a budget is a must-do assignment for lawmakers before the session adjourns March 21.

The amount of spending in the bill is nearly the same as that outlined by Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislative Finance Committee earlier this year.

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Regional
4:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Group Ranks NMSU College Of Education Fifth In The Nation For Best Online Master's Program

  The New Mexico State University College of Education has been ranked fifth for the Best Online Master’s Education Programs for 2015 according to TeachTomorrow.org. 

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Local Viewpoints
3:58 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Flawed EPA Report Funded By Fossil Fuel Interests

A series of flawed reports attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants was published by the Beacon Hill Institute and funded through fossil fuel-funded front groups managed by Richard Berman. The Rio Grande Foundation published BHI’s report on New Mexico, claiming the EPA’s climate reduction plan would have a huge negative impact on jobs and the economy. 

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Online EXTRA
3:09 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Peter Yarrow Of "Peter, Paul, And Mary" Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with singer/songwriter and folk pioneer Peter Yarrow. Hot on the heels of the Peter, Paul and Mary 25th Anniversary Concert, broadcast in celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary on KRWG-TV, Yarrow will conduct a musical tour through a career spanning more than four decades of song and social activism. Peter Yarrow will bring his storytelling skills and melodic talent to the Rio Grande Theatre stage, Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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Online EXTRA
12:49 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

California Lawmaker Introduces Measure To Make Baseball Tobacco-Free

  California Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) today introduced legislation to eliminate the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues in California – to protect the health of players and to set an effective example for children.   As professional baseball’s spring training gets underway, the legislation will send a simple and powerful message: tobacco has no place near our nation’s kids or our national pastime.

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Online EXTRA
11:42 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Diverse Group Sends Letter To President Supporting Veto Of Keystone Pipeline

  More than 100 artists, elected officials, and others have sent a letter to President Obama, supporting his veto of legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline.  Many Republicans and a small number of Democrats have supported the pipeline as a job and oil producer.  

The controversial project would pump oil from tar sands in Canada through the United States, ending at the gulf coast.  Here is the full text of the letter:

Dear Mr. President,

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Local Viewpoints
11:31 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Morales: Parents Have the Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

  Santa Fe, NM – There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring. I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

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Online EXTRA
11:26 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Wells Fargo To Host "Retirement Day" Saturday

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Wells Fargo today announced it will host a Retirement Day event at all of its New Mexico banking locations. Customers are invited to visit a store on Saturday, February 28, and have a personal conversation about how they are doing on their journey to retirement, or how to get started on saving for retirement.

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