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3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Works To Examine And Improve Student Writing

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

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Local Viewpoints
2:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions

  SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were were not allowed to file administrative wage claims. The action, organized by members of  the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted by policies enacted by DWS's Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to recuperate stolen wages.  

 

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Regional
12:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Confirms First West Nile Case Of 2014

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year.

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Regional
12:26 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

UNM Soccer Players Quit Amid Hazing Probe

Credit unm.edu

  Two sisters scheduled to play for the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.

University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.

School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.

Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.

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Regional
12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Woman Gets 21 Years In Murder

  A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.

A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.

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Regional
12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

  The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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Regional
11:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Report Shows Budget Impact Of Rising Forest Fire Costs

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rap

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Regional
10:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Students Earn First, Second Place In National Animal Science Competition

Kendall Samuelson, right, and Kelsey Quinn, left, earned first and second place, respectively, at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition this June. (Courtesy Photo)

  Two students from New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department dominated the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science competition at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Kelsey Quinn and Kendall Samuelson, both graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Animal and Range Sciences, participated under the mentorship of faculty, presenting their research in the competition, which was held in June.

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Regional
8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hobbs Commissioners OK Voter ID Special Election

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

Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

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Regional
8:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure

Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.

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Regional
7:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

N.M. Lottery Revenue For Scholarships Drops To Under $41 Million

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.

However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.

Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.

The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Student-Run Store Opens Today At NMSU Las Cruces

Whitney Biel, college instructor for the ACES in the Hole Foods course in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, prepares blue cornbread mix for packaging and sale at Gerald Thomas Hall. The mix is one of the products available at the new Crimson Creations by ACES store on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. (Photo by Amanda Bradford)

  What was once a small gelato operation tucked away on the third floor of New Mexico State University’s Gerald Thomas Hall has grown into a spacious store on the ground floor, stocked with shelves of products made by students on campus.

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Regional
9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A New Milestone: More Than 500,000 Fans Enjoy El Paso Baseball

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas reached a new milestone Tuesday, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.

The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.

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Local Viewpoints
9:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Senate Majority Whip Requests New Mexico Education Audit Results

Credit Senator Timothy Keller (D)

  Albuquerque, NM – Last week, Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Sen. Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Arrest Leads To Charges In Other Incident

  A Saturday morning call that led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into an apartment and physically assaulting a couple also resulted in the arrest of a woman on forgery charges.

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Regional
3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Honduran Foreign Minister Visits Border

The foreign minister of Honduras says in a visit to the Texas-Mexico border that her country is working to dissuade its citizens from embarking on the dangerous journey to the United States.

But Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales said in McAllen on Tuesday that she also hopes the U.S. will provide a comprehensive aid package that goes beyond security assistance.

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Regional
3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez: Immigrants Given "Due Process"

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says immigrants at a temporary detention center in the state have been given full due process.

Martinez said Tuesday at an event in Bernalillo that immigrant women and children held at an Artesia center have been allowed a fair chance to argue their case in court.

But the Republican blasted the federal government for failing to tackle immigration reform and said people are confused over immigration laws.

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Regional
2:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

USDA Helps With Charter School Expansion Near Taos

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico yesterday to participate in the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction to build new classrooms at the Anansi Charter School.  

During the event, Brunner said, "USDA has invested in Anansi Charter School in the past and we are pleased to come back again to support their expansion.''  He added, "This community understands that investing in education is an investment in our children's future. he growth of this school symbolizes that this community is vibrant and growing.''

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Regional
2:11 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Albuquerque Residents To Vote On Marijuana Penalty Reform

  A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

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Regional
2:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ICE Resumes Deportations From New Mexico

   Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since then, officials say 71 immigrant adults and children from the center have been deported.

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Regional
2:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Texas Regents Expected To Keep Tuition Flat

  The University of Texas System's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a plan to avoid tuition increases for in-state students.

The plan would keep tuition flat at the Austin flagship campus and eight others. The campuses had negotiated in-state tuition increases with system officials, but regents voted against them after Gov. Rick Perry called for a tuition freeze.

The increase would have been 2.1 percent, or $104 a semester, at UT-Austin.

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Regional
2:07 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Daughter In Death Of Elderly Mother

   Charges have been dropped for a 68-year-old New Mexico woman accused of killing her 89-year-old mother.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that charges against Roy resident Donna Ray were tossed in the death of Geraldine Ray after DNA evidence was reviewed.

Donna Ray's attorneys said the Office of Medical Investigator changed the classification of Geraldine Ray's death from homicide to "undetermined."

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Regional
1:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Open Government Group Demands Public Records Regarding Albuquerque Schools Chief Investigation

Credit Former Supt. Winston Brooks, Albuquerque Public Schools

  The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS.

 

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Regional
1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Victims' Assistance Unit Seeks Volunteers

Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit is accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Crisis Intervention Response Team works with police officers and detectives in offering assistance to victims of crimes. Volunteering for CIRT is a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement or as a victim’s advocate, or college students who want experience in law enforcement or social work.

CIRT volunteers must:

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Regional
1:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Thursday Night In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces- The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting and placement of the large digital message board.

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Regional
8:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Agency Hosts Conference For Veterans On PTSD

Credit http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits_services.html

A state agency and other groups are hosting a free conference in Albuquerque to help veterans and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Department of Veterans' Services said the event is Sept. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Part of the conference will focus on services and programs available for veterans with PTSD.

A clinical psychologist will discuss therapies used by the federal Veterans Affairs health care system.

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Regional
8:14 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Advocates Eye Border Protest In New Mexico, Texas

Immigrant advocates say they are planning a 100-mile walk along the border in New Mexico and Texas to protest the use of military-style patrols.

The Border Network for Human Rights said they will unveil plans for the two-state walk at a press conference in El Paso.

Organizers say the walk is aimed at protesting the use of the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for President Obama to act on immigration reforms.

Advocates say the walk will include activists and faith leaders from Texas and New Mexico.

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Regional
8:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Mexico Chile To Get Added Protection

Credit facebook.com/NMChileAssociation

New Mexico is looking to a new certification program to protect the reputation of one of its signature crops: chile.

Gov. Susana Martinez and officials with the New Mexico Chile Association will be visiting The Range in Bernalillo on Tuesday to announce the program. The range is the first restaurant to sign up.

New Mexico Certified Chile will join other well-known trademarked products such as Vidalia Onions and Idaho Potatoes.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

PTSD Patients Stressed About Proposed Changes To NM Medical Marijuana Program

Vietnam veteran Karl Maydwell says medicinal marijuana is the only medicine that can calm his post traumatic stress disorder without damaging his immune system or complicating his other health conditions.
Credit Simon Thompson

Carlsbad resident and veteran Karl Maydwell’s military career ended just 8 months after he signed up to serve his country in Vietnam.

“We walked into an ambush and when we walked into the ambush there is not many of my company that made it out of there I am one of many that got wounded” he says.

It took 36 surgical operations to replace and reconnect the 17 feet of Maydwell’s intestines that were shredded by enemy machine gunfire.

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Regional
5:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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