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6:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

The Facts About Asthma

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  Did you know that 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 11 children are currently living with asthma here in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Department of Health reports asthma is one of the leading causes of pediatric hospitalizations and missed days from school. In 2013, New Mexicans made 8,568 visits to non-federal in-state emergency departments for uncontrolled asthma, costing New Mexico Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs an estimated $1.9 million per year.                 

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Regional
4:20 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Overnight Closure Thursday On Missouri In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1). An overnight closure is scheduled for Thursday May 28, 2015 as work progresses on the southbound bridge.

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Regional
2:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Gessing: Be Prepared For Obamacare Changes

  The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue its decision in King v. Burwell in June. The ruling could have tremendous consequences for the healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare – and more importantly, it could have a huge impact right here in New Mexico.

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Regional
2:17 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Texas House Mulls Shielding Agencies That Bar Gays From Adopting

The Republican-controlled Texas House is poised to hear rules allowing religious child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children.

The measure protects agencies that object to such adoptions on religious grounds from being sued.

Social conservatives are championing it, but Democrats want to block it via stall tactics.

The prohibition should come via an amendment to a bill reorganizing the Department of Family and Protective Services, up for consideration Tuesday.

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Regional
2:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Rio Rancho Officer Shot To Death Identified

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPolice

A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque who was shot and killed during a traffic stop has been identified.

Rio Rancho police said Tuesday that Gregg Benner, a military veteran who had been with the department for four years, was gunned down while pulling over a vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

Police say Benner later died at a hospital.

A person believed to be involved in the shooting was taken into custody in the Albuquerque area early Tuesday, but authorities are still searching for another suspect.

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Online EXTRA
11:57 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Springer Electric Cooperative Dedicates Large Solar Power Generation Station

Don Schutz, Springer Electric Cooperative Board President (center) cuts the ribbon to dedicate the new seven acre photo voltaic solar array which will provide enough electricity to power 400 homes. Looking on is 3rd District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (second from left) and USDA Rural Development State Director (third from left). Others include the rest of the Springer Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined by 3rd District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to help Springer Electric Cooperative in Springer, New Mexico celebrate the completion of construction of a new solar power generation facility.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony Brunner said, “Today’s dedication of this project shows USDA Rural Development’s commitment to modernize America's infrastructure.” Brunner added, “We are proud to help Springer Electric lead the way in diversifying energy sources among rural electric coops by investing in their solar project.”

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Regional
8:28 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Texas House Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons On Campus

The Texas House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to allow concealed handguns in public college classrooms and buildings.

The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate in March, but hasn't been set for a vote in the House until the final week of the legislative session. If approved there, it would go to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law.

Abbott has pledged to expand gun rights in his first session and the state's chief executive.

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Regional
8:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Doña Ana County's Onion Crop Looking Strong

Dona Ana County's onion crop is looking stellar so far this harvest season.

Agriculture officials say the crop hasn't suffered much from disease or pests.

The onion harvest tends to begin in the final week of May but this season actually kicked off last week.

Luna and Dona Ana counties are the main growing areas in New Mexico for onions.

New Mexico produced about 306 million pounds of onions in 2014.

Both the amount and the production value were up from 2013, though both figures tend to fluctuate — sometimes significantly — from year to year.

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Regional
8:21 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Rio Rancho Officer Fatally Shot; Person In Custody

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPolice

A suburban Albuquerque police officer has been fatally shot during a traffic stop, the first time a Rio Rancho officer has been killed in the line of duty in the department's 34-year history.

Police Capt. Paul Rogers says the officer, a military veteran who had been with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years, was shot while pulling over a vehicle Monday night.

The officer died at a hospital. His identity was not released immediately.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Las Cruces Remembers Those Who Served On Memorial Day

Across the country, people took time out of their schedules to reflect on all those veterans who died while serving. Las Cruces held many events to remember those who’ve fallen.

Teckla McGuinness was one of many who attended a memorial service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery; she laid a wreath on the veteran’s monument to remember those she lost.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Camp For Young Writers Coming To NMSU

NMSU doctoral student Michael Alarid is shown working with area middle and high school students during a previous summer creative writing workshop hosted at NMSU. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University is hosting a summer camp titled “Ink Spilling and Pixel Piling: An adventure for young writers.” The weeklong day camp runs from June 22-26. Workshops will include creative dramatics, poetry, creative nonfiction and short story writing.

This is the third year the Borderlands Writing Project and the English department in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have sponsored the program, which gives writers from 7th – 12th grades the opportunity to explore their abilities with professional writers. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Monday Business Watch

 

   Fred Martino speaks with Jason Gibbs, Business Editor of the Las Cruces Sun News, for the latest local business updates.

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Regional
3:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

For Southern New Mexico’s Best Spellers Competing Nationally Often Means Representing Texas

Native Las Crucen student Olivia Weinbaum holds the sign she wore while was representing Texas in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Credit Simon Thompson

Only twice has a New Mexican ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee… 

And both times the victory ended up going to Texas.

A lot of New Mexico’s best spellers only get a shot at making the national spelling bee by crossing state lines and competing in a Texas competition.

New Mexico ranking second to last nationally in both reading and writing the trend might spell out a bigger problem for the state education.

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Regional
11:20 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Texas House And Senate Approve Tax Cuts

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  The Texas House gave preliminary approval to increasing homestead property tax exemptions, key to a $3.8 billion tax cut package on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's wish list.

Hours later Sunday, the Senate voted to cut business taxes by more than $2 billion.

The property tax cut saves homeowners about $120 annually, but only if approved by voters statewide in November. Homeowners could exempt $25,000 of their appraisal value from being taxed by local school districts.

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Regional
12:27 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

About 1 In 4 NMSU And UNM Graduates In STEM Majors

New Mexico's major universities may not be turning out graduates in science and mathematics at a rate fast enough for employers in those fields.

The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have given fewer degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM subjects — than in liberal arts.

Records showed 25 percent of the more than 3,700 bachelor's degrees UNM conferred in fall 2014 were for STEM.

Twenty-eight percent of NMSU's 1,300 graduates at that time earned STEM degrees.

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Local Viewpoints
11:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Heinrich: Only Responsible Path Forward Is To Pass The USA Freedom Act

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is calling for the passage of the USA Freedom Act of 2015 to ensure the Intelligence Community has an updated legal framework to strengthen national security while also protecting the privacy rights of Americans. The legislation will end the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection program that has allowed the government to collect billions of Americans' private records on a daily basis.

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Regional
11:32 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Major Grant To Study Viability Of Health Startup Companies At NMSU

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park. The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

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Local Viewpoints
11:23 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Goodman: Hope For The Dusty Desert Spaceport? Well...

Credit Spaceport America

  Another week, another tidbit of desperate hope that the Dusty Desert Spaceport will pay off soon.

Start-up Exos Aerospace Systems and Technologies has bought Armadillo Aerospace's assets and supposedly will develop and launch its new gizmo from Dusty Desert.

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Regional
11:06 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Albuquerque Panhandling Initiative Struggles For Donations

An Albuquerque initiative aimed at steering people to donate to charities instead of panhandlers is struggling to bring in donations.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque says city officials estimate about $170 has come in since the initiative was unveiled more than three weeks ago by the Mayor's Office.

The "There's a Better Way" initiative focuses on getting panhandlers help and informing passing drivers of a website where they can instead give money to the United Way of Central New Mexico.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Scammers Prey On County Residents

 

  Telephone scams that surfaced in 2014 are again targeting Doña Ana County residents, posing a variety of threats related to bogus warrants, unpaid taxes and other creative ways to con people out of money.  Scammers are also altering the caller ID to make it look like the sheriff’s department or the IRS is calling.

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Regional
3:41 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Rodriguez Votes Against Texas "Open Carry" Law Passed By Senate

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to approve the open carry bill. Prior to passing the bill, an amendment was added to prevent the law from being used to profile people:

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Regional
3:31 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Fe Teacher Won't Face Charges In Book Throwing Case

A Santa Fe middle school principal and teacher will not face charges over allegations the teacher threw paperback books that hit two students.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney's office said in a court filing Friday that De Vargas Middle School teacher Marcy Slaughter and Principal Marc Ducharme will not be prosecuted.

District Attorney Angela Pacheco says Slaughter's alleged action qualifies as a petty misdemeanor battery.

But Pacheco says prosecuting Slaughter "serves no legitimate purpose."

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Regional
3:29 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Appeals Court Reverses Las Cruces Man's Conviction In Daughter's Death

 A New Mexico appeals court has overturned the convictions of a Las Cruces man sentenced in the death of his baby daughter.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals found Robert Flores' right to a speedy trial was violated.

In an opinion filed Wednesday, the court says the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office negligently delayed Flores' case between 2007 and 2012.

Flores was sentenced in 2013 to 18 years in prison for reckless child abuse resulting in death and evidence tampering.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

In Depth: The Final Push In Texas Politics

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Gov. Greg Abbott used his January inaugural address to promise "lasting" property tax cuts.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed plummeting oil prices wouldn't derail plans for the meatiest rollbacks in a decade: "Let there be no doubt — there will be tax cuts."

A budget deal between the House and Senate does indeed deliver lower taxes. For many homeowners the windfall will be fleeting, however, and a slowdown in Texas' oil and gas industry is raining on the rest of the tax-cutting parade.

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PUENTES
9:46 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Health Services for Doña Ana County

Lia Castagna, Sophia Shepherd & Alex Andrews at KRWG-FM studios.

 May 22, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Senior Medicare Executives, Lia Castagna and Sophia Shepherd; and Community Outreach Representative, Alex Andrews. They talk to us about the healthcare needs in New Mexico and misperceptions with health insurance and Medicare.

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Regional
1:23 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.

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Regional
1:20 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Texas Jobless Rate Holds At 4.2 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month's statewide jobless figure compares to nationwide unemployment of 5.4 percent.

Texas through March had seven straight months of unemployment rate declines.

Amarillo had the state's lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. Commission officials say McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment statewide at 7.3 percent.

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Regional
1:19 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Skandera: PARCC Testing Time To Be Reduced By 90 Minutes

New Mexico's top public school official says a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards will make a difference in the state.

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera and members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC, governing board voted this week to reduce the testing time by about 90 minutes.

They also decided to narrow the testing window to once a year.

Rolled out earlier this year, the testing sparked intense opposition from teachers, parents and students.

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Regional
1:18 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

El Paso Police Shoot, Kill Man Who Confronted Them With Gun

El Paso police say two officers fatally shot a 22-year-old armed man after he had tried to get inside a children's day care center.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears say officers on Thursday morning shot the man after he ignored commands and made a "threatening motion" with his gun toward them. The man, who wasn't identified, died at the scene. It's the third fatal shooting by El Paso police this year.

Officers had responded after receiving a report of a man who appeared to be distraught and holding a gun to his head while walking behind a business.

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Regional
10:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Additional Charges Filed In Attempted Murder

  Las Cruces—Margarita Flores was indicted by a district court grand jury in March 2014 for the attempted murder of her boyfriend Carl Edwards in Chaparral, NM.

Flores is charged with Attempted Murder in the first degree and now, or in the alternative, Aggravated Battery (Great Bodily Harm) and Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) (Firearm Enhancement); superseding charges.

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