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7:31 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Santa Teresa Charter School Hiring Teachers

Combining a need for healthcare workers in New Mexico with a lack of quality primary education in Santa Teresa makes for a big problem.

The state decided funding a new charter school would ease some of the pain.

“Many of these kids felt lost in the large classrooms…schools. We said maybe we can do something a little bit different," said Raphael Nevins.

Raphael Nevins is spearheading the efforts to open the Health Sciences Academy in Santa Teresa. He is president of the board.

“And so we will have a principal…partners…area…El Paso County,“ said Nevins.

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5:32 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Pot Could Soon Be Legal For Alzheimer's Treatment In New Mexico

  The list of qualifying conditions for participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program could soon grow.

The program's medical advisory board voted Wednesday to add all types of neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, to the list of medical conditions.

Health Secretary Retta Ward will have to make the final decision. It's not clear when that might happen.

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Regional
5:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

House To Vote On Impeachment Of Perry Appointee

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  A Texas House panel will vote next month whether to recommend the impeachment of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall for his efforts to oust the president of the system's flagship Austin campus.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations has been investigating Hall for months. It met Thursday to review a report of his efforts to have UT Austin President Bill Powers fired. The report had said that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws.

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Regional
5:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Setback For Former Martinez Staffer

Credit Office of the Governor

   A federal judge has dealt a potential setback to the defense strategy of Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager who's charged with hijacking the campaign's email system after Martinez took office.

District Judge William Johnson on Thursday denied requests by Jamie Estrada's attorneys to force the prosecution to provide information regarding the Martinez administration's awarding of a lease that allowed a larger casino at the state fairgrounds.

The judge said Estrada's request involved "largely irrelevant material."

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Regional
5:27 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

9 Years For Mexican National

  Prosecutors say a Mexican national has been sentenced to nine years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine in northwestern New Mexico.

Pricilo Garcia-Jimenez of Oaxaca, Mexico, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Thursday. Since he was in the country illegally, federal officials say he will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

The 41-year-old Garcia-Jimenez was arrested in May 2012. He was accused of distributing meth to an undercover agent on five occasions between November 2011 and April 2012.

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5:24 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

“A Mother’s Sorrow”: David Klement conducts a spring choral concert

Conductor David Klement, conductor of NMSU's choirs.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The “Stabat Mater” is an ancient text that has been set to music numerous times across the centuries, including by the brilliant 20th-century composer Francis Poulenc, who wrote it after a mid-life religious awakening. David Klement, conductor of NMSU’s University Singers and Masterworks Chorus came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about this massive and beautiful work by Poulenc, who has long been one of his favorite composers.

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Regional
5:20 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Woman Arrested After Stealing From Siblings Who Offered Help

  A Salt Lake City woman who asked for a ride from a Las Cruces man and his sister was arrested after she allegedly stole a wallet and attempted to flee.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 200 block of Union Wednesday evening after an affray between the siblings and Chastitie Clark, 24.

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Regional
5:10 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cheech Marin To Introduce New Las Cruces Exhibit

  To complement its new exhibit, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, the Las Cruces Museum of Art proudly presents a special work-in-progress by Werc, one of the popular artists featured in the exhibition.

The event will be introduced by Marin and takes place on Saturday, May 3, between 9 a.m. and  2 p.m. in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall.

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Regional
9:57 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Report: New Mexico Recycling 16% Of Waste

  Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau recently released the 2012 annual recycling and diversion rates. The state average recycling rate continues to hold strong at the 16% range over the past several years. The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC), a statewide recycling advocacy nonprofit, has set a goal to reach a 35% rate by 2018 and would like to see the recycling rate continue to steadily increase.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

NMSU Helps To Improve Education In Ecuador

New Mexico State University faculty are sharing their expertise globally to reform education in Ecuador, a small country in northwest South America. 

Cornell H. Menking, NMSU associate provost for international and border programs, is leading the initiative. He and his wife, Mona, an Ecuadorean citizen who currently works for Kansas State University, lived and worked in Ecuador for seven years from 2001-2008. The Menkings’ relationships in Ecuador have fostered a prospering affiliation between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government.

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Regional
5:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

'Railroad Days' Coming To Las Cruces Museum

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5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Armed Robber Gets 24 Years

  Lucio Vargas, 22, convicted of robbing a Las Cruces area Pic Quik twice within weeks of each incident has been sentenced to prison for 24 years.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Miss Native American NMSU Crowned

  New Mexico State University student Savannah Lee was crowned Miss Native American NMSU 2014-2015 during the university’s celebration of American Indian Week in April.

“The Miss Native American NMSU title has a positive impact on the NMSU community and the greater community of New Mexico in that Miss Native American NMSU serves as a cultural goodwill ambassador,” Justin McHorse, director of the American Indian Programs, said. 

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Regional
3:25 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Looks To Expand Peace Corps Graduate Programs

One of New Mexico State University’s goals in the Vision 2020 plan is diversity and internationalization, and NMSU faculty are working to achieve that mission by growing its Peace Corps graduate programs. 

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Regional
3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Concrete Canoe Team Advances To Finals

  The New Mexico State University College of Engineering Concrete Canoe Team placed second behind first place Utah State at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., earlier this month.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mystery Surrounds Latest Albuquerque Police Shooting

  Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Feds Probe Texas District That Hired Immigrant Teachers

A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations.

Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district's irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation.

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Regional
3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Perry Courts Businesses In New York

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

The Republican was in New York City on Wednesday on a trip to meet business owners.

He's trying to convince them to move their operations to Texas. He says the business environment is better there.

It's something Perry has promoted in New York before and in other states as well.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Researchers Launch "Smart Grid" Center At NMSU

Professor Enrico Pontelli has received a $5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) to launch research that will focus on intelligent technologies for smart grids and develop a broad culture of smart grids at New Mexico State University.

Pontelli and his colleagues were recognized for their efforts at a Research Rally held Friday, April 11, on the NMSU campus. There, Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard commended Pontelli for his tenacity and dedication.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

USDA Dedicates Wastewater System In Dona Ana County

  USDA-Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined today by Lillian Salerno, administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, to celebrate Earth Day and help dedicate the new wastewater system in Chaparral, New Mexico.

The Earth Day celebration in Chaparral coincided with hundreds of similar events across the nation to encourage people to be more responsible trustees of the Earth.  Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to bring awareness and celebrate gains that have made to protect the environment by cleaning up contaminated areas.

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Regional
3:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Senators Seek Support For Amtrak Route In New Mexico

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Three U.S. senators are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak's long-distance routes, including one that passes through New Mexico and Colorado.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado have sent a letter to the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that's considering funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies that oversee Amtrak.

The senators say long-distance service is a critical link for small and rural communities.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Feds Schedule Public Meetings On Albuquerque Police Reform

   The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather comments on possible reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department over its use of force.

The federal agency recently issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Albuquerque Police Department.

The agency also criticized the city's oversight system and limited powers in investigating cases of questionable police conduct.

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Regional
3:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Navajo "Junk Food Tax" Fails

  An effort to resurrect a junk-food tax on the country's largest American Indian reservation has failed.

The Navajo Nation Council earlier this year approved an additional 2 percent sales tax on snacks high in fat, sugar and salt. Tribal President Ben Shelly vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced.

A bill to override that veto came before tribal lawmakers Tuesday but fell three votes short.

Lawmakers approved a separate measure to eliminate the tribe's 5 percent sales tax on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Regional
12:21 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Marketing Students Partner With Community

  Marketing students at Western New Mexico University are not waiting to receive their degrees to begin advertising their newfound expertise in Silver City.

Marketing professor Dr. Steve Walker and his students are paving the way for the newly introduced marketing degree program by partnering with several organizations in the community as promotions teams.

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Regional
12:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

A federal agency leading one of the investigations into last year's deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion says that even if regulators don't know what started an initial fire, they know the resulting blast could have been prevented.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday announced its findings after a year of investigating the blast in West, Texas, that killed 15 people, injured 200 and damaged much of the tiny town.

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Regional
12:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas Pushes Online License Renewal

Renewing a Texas driver's license doesn't necessarily mean waiting in long lines or prepping your best photo ID look for the camera.

The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday urged residents to renew online and beat the typical summer rush at driver's license offices.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says many Texans can opt for online and phone renewal of licenses and ID cards.

To be eligible, the card holder must be a U.S. citizen. The expiration date on the card must be within one year.

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Regional
8:31 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Heinrich Holds Meetings In Grant County

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

   U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will host community roundtable discussions in Grant County on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, focused on making the economic recovery work for all New Mexicans, including helping small businesses prosper, supporting job seekers, and making college more affordable. Senator Heinrich will also speak at the Continental Divide Trial Gateway Community Designation in Silver City on Wednesday afternoon.

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Regional
8:17 am
Tue April 22, 2014

N.M. Plans To Make Payments To State Workers In June

Thousands of current and past New Mexico state government workers are due to receive payments this summer for back wages in a union contract dispute with the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Department of Finance and Administration says it will start cutting checks for back pay in July. However, the department cautions that the payments to 10,300 past and current employees are subject to what it calls "budget availability."

The department also says 5,700 current employees will receive a corrected hourly pay rate beginning in June.

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Regional
12:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

To Save Money, City Will Not Fill 17 Vacancies

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Regional
9:31 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UNM Football Player Suspended; Facing Rape Charges

  The University of New Mexico says running back Crusoe Gongbay is facing rape charges and has been suspended from the team.

University officials issued a statement Monday night saying the 20-year-old turned himself in to campus police.

Coach Bob Davie says he's aware of the allegations, and due to the serious nature of the charges, the junior has been suspended indefinitely.

KOB-TV reports that Gongbay and another man who is not a student each face two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping.

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