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11:10 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Budget Battle, In-State Tuition Fight In Texas

Get ready for budget battle week.

The House on Tuesday is scheduled to debate its version of the proposed state budget. That will likely mean slogging through numerous proposed amendments, and possibly fighting off Democratic- or tea party-led procedural challenges meant to stall the process.

The Senate is also expected to take up its budget plan this week, though the amendment fight shouldn't be as raucous as in the lower chamber.

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Regional
11:08 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Texas Spent $30 Million On Tuition Program With Lax Rules

Texas agencies have spent millions on tuition payment programs for state workers in a program with lax rules and oversight.

The state has spent at least $30 million during the past two decades for employee tuition. The Texas Department of Transportation has paid out at least $13 million since 1993, the most of any state agency.

TxDOT makes all of its tuition payments before classes begin.

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Regional
11:07 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Drownings Spike Along Rio Grande

More immigrants have been drowning in the Rio Grande over the last six months.

Authorities say that's because immigrants are choosing more dangerous crossings into South Texas to avoid detection. Many of the bodies have been found in the weed-choked irrigation canals that feed into the Rio Grande.

The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

High Hopes For Garnet Mining In Otero County

A historic southern New Mexico mining town that once shined with the gold rush could sparkle again with some garnet.

Otero County commissioners approved financial assistance Tuesday for a proposed garnet mining operation in Orogrande.

Commissioners and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce have been in talks with former Rosemont Realty CEO Dan Burrell about the $20 million project.

Burrell discovered one of the largest freestanding deposits of garnet in the U.S. in the Jarilla Mountains Mineral District.

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Regional
12:02 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Albuquerque Becomes State's First "Purple Heart City"

Credit Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

There will soon be new signs popping up around Albuquerque to reflect its designation as a "Purple Heart City."

Mayor Richard Berry unveiled the signs during a news conference Friday.

The first of 36 signs that will be installed around the city will be located at the intersection of Eubank and Southern, adjacent to the Nuclear Museum.

The effort is part of a national campaign by the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA to recognize those who have received the prestigious military decoration.

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Regional
11:57 am
Sat March 28, 2015

New Mexico Brothers Charged In Murder

Authorities say three brothers ganged up to fatally stab a Fruitland man who was dating an ex-girlfriend of one of the siblings.

36-year-old Maynard Shirley was charged in federal court Friday with murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the killing of Brandon BlueEyes. His brother, 29-year-old Elijah Shirley, was charged with the same counts Wednesday.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says a third brother, Michael Shirley, was arrested Thursday in connection with the attack.

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PUENTES
4:31 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

BLM Offers Employment Opportunities to Youth

McKinney Briske and Eileen Davis at KRWG FM studios.

  March 27, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Outdoor Recreation Planner, McKinney Briske, and DOI/VISTA AmeriCorps Volunteer, Eileen Davis. They are working with Doña Ana Groundworks to hire Youth Rangers that will lead outreach programs throughout BLM sites in New Mexico such as Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and other partner sites such as Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and White Sands National Monument.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Disaster Drill Tuesday In Santa Teresa

  

  Several law enforcement agencies and first responders will launch a full-scale exercise designed to test readiness and communications in the event of a widespread disaster – a simulated emergency near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people.

The simulated emergency involves the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction.

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Regional
1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Sexual Assault Claim At State Juvenile Center Near Ruidoso

A southern New Mexico juvenile detention center is the focus of a State Police investigation into a male detainee's claim that a female staff therapist sexually assaulted him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the director of the state's juvenile justice services has resigned and two administrators have been placed on paid administrative since the alleged assault was reported in early February.

All of the youths detained at the Lincoln Pines Youth Center near Ruidoso have been relocated to other facilities while authorities investigate what happened at the center.

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Regional
12:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Texas Jobless Rate Declines To 4.3 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth month in a row of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the latest statewide jobless rate compares to 4.4 percent unemployment in January. The nationwide unemployment rate last month was 5.5 percent.

TWC officials say Texas had a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February, with 357,300 positions added over the year.

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Regional
12:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

DA: No Charges Warranted In Non-Fatal Albuquerque Police Shooting

Bernalillo County's district attorney says no charges should be filed against an Albuquerque police officer in the 2013 shooting and wounding of an armed motorist.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday there was no probable cause to bring charges against Officer Pete Romero.

The district attorney's office reviewed police reports, lapel camera recordings and witness interviews before making a determination.

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Regional
12:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Abbott: National Guard Can't Leave Border Yet

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Gov. Greg Abbott remains noncommittal on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops.

Abbott toured the border Friday with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender. But Walker was out of sight to reporters after arriving in Texas hounded by uncomfortable new questions about his stance on immigration.

Abbott has not endorsed anyone for 2016.

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Regional
12:52 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Official: International Rail Crossing Study On Fast Track

The head of the New Mexico Border Authority says a $2 million study on the feasibility of building an international rail crossing at Santa Teresa is on a fast track.

Bill Mattiace says the feasibility study could be completed as early as July.

Mattiace says the rail crossing would be a key element in building the border community into a regional powerhouse for international trade.

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Regional
12:49 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

New Mexico Adding Jobs, But Unemployment Rate Rises In February

In February, New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6 percent, up from 5.9 percent in January but down from 6.7 percent in February 2014.

Officials said Friday the state's economy added 15,900 jobs from a year earlier for a 2 percent increase.

February was the first month since May 2006 that no industry posted an over-the-year job loss.

Across the economy, 12 industries added jobs while only one — financial activities — remained unchanged from February 2014.

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Local Viewpoints
11:02 am
Fri March 27, 2015

NMPIRG: President's Plan Does Not Adequately Address The Antibiotic Threat

Today the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.  While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health.

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Online EXTRA
9:15 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Obama Administration Releases National Action Plan To Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

  Today, the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which was developed by the interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in response to Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations

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Regional
8:18 am
Fri March 27, 2015

NM Officials: Flu Sickened More This Year; Season Not Over

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico health officials are warning that the flu season is not over.

Officials say more people have been hospitalized in the state this season than in many years.

According to the state Department of Health, the virus hospitalized 40 people per 100,000 this flu season as compared with 29 per 100,000 during 2012-13.

Children under 5 and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

One Dona Ana County child and 27 adults have died from flu-related complications since the start of the 2014-15 flu season.

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Regional
8:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Gov. Martinez Orders Flags Lowered In Honor Of Fallen Navajo Officer

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of a Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman.

Friday is also when law enforcement officers and area residents are expected to gather in Farmington to remember 42-year-old Alex Yazzie.

A funeral service for Yazzie will be held at 10 a.m. at Pinon Hills Community Church. A procession will then travel down Main Street to Memory Gardens.

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Regional
8:01 am
Fri March 27, 2015

No Decision On Large Development Plan Near Albuquerque

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-NM

Bernalillo County commissioners have punted a final decision on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Commissioners decided Thursday to schedule another hearing on the development known as Santolina for May 11.

The nearly 22-square-mile development would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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Regional
7:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ft. Bliss Spokesman: 11 Injured In Multi-Vehicle Accident

A Fort Bliss spokesman says 11 airmen were injured in an accident involving several Humvees at the Army post.

Lt. Col. Lee Peters tells the El Paso Times that all of the injured airmen were expected to be released from a hospital Thursday night.

Officials say six vehicles were in a convoy when the accident occurred in a training area more than 15 miles northeast of the main portion of Fort Bliss. The accident is under investigation.

Peters says the accident wasn't linked to a large training exercise going on at Fort Bliss.

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Regional
7:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Hobbs May Change Street Name To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

The city of Hobbs is mulling a proposal to change the name of a portion of South Dal Paso Street to MLK Street after the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that City Manager J.J. Murphy said the consideration comes after Joe Cotton, president of Hobbs NAACP, approached city commissioners about changing the street name.

Murphy said the NAACP submitted its request to commissioners after a recent MLK celebration where participants marched down South Dal Paso.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

New Memorial At Veteran's Park Honors Vietnam Veterans

This weekend marks the 5th annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day” in Las Cruces, and the anniversary is being recognized with a new monument in Veteran’s Park.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Next Week At NMSU: “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings”

  The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings.” The event, held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.

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Local Viewpoints
2:41 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Stratton: Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Worth Signing

For those New Mexicans who believe in bipartisan government, reaching across the aisle and the political spectrum--there is good news. The New Mexico legislature has just unanimously passed HB 560, without a single dissenting vote in either house. HB 560 revises the procedure involved in the forfeiting of citizens’ assets by government agencies, a practice referred to as “asset forfeiture.”  

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Online EXTRA
1:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Next Season Is The Finale For "Downton Abbey"

Credit facebook.com/masterpiece

  Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS have announced that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey.

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Online EXTRA
12:25 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

New Mexico Child Obesity Rate Declines

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  It is a subject that continues to weigh heavily in New Mexico – literally: Obesity.

Obesity is a common, serious, and costly health problem, but the New Mexico Department of Health and its many health partners on the local and state level are working to control and prevent it.

Their most recent successes were announced by the Department just last week as childhood obesity rates among New Mexico 3rd grade students continue to decline. An obesity rate which peaked in 2010 is now down 20-percent just five years later as the numbers have fallen with each passing year.

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Regional
12:23 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Future Aggie Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

  Dallas Pompeo, a future New Mexico State University Aggie, was nominated by her colleagues at the Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service office, and is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. 
She will receive the award in recognition of her volunteer service.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Martinez Asks Court To Block Deming Area Casino

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico's governor is asking the state Supreme Court to reject an Oklahoma-based tribe's request to order her to sign a gambling compact with the tribe.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday submitted a response to a petition filed last month by the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

The tribe wants to operate a casino on land near Deming in southern New Mexico that was put into trust in 2002. It says it doesn't matter that the tribe's land hasn't been federally approved yet for gambling.

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Regional
12:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Opponents Of New Albuquerque Development Cite Limited Water Availability

A hearing is set to continue on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Developers are scheduled Thursday to outline their plans for the nearly 22-square-mile development that would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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Regional
12:16 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Texas House Approves Ban On Texting While Driving

The Texas House has given final approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving, which now faces a Senate vote.

Representatives voted 104 to 39 on Thursday to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, a former House Speaker who has sponsored similar legislation for the past two sessions.

This isn't the first time the ban has passed the House. Representatives approved it in 2013, but it died in the Texas Senate.

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