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8:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Lawyer: Slain New Mexico Deputy Had 'Drug' In Wallet

A lawyer for a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy wants to test of a "white powdery substance" found in the dead deputy's wallet.

John Day, an attorney for Tai Chan, said in a motion last week that he uncovered the substance listed as "drug" during a review of Las Cruces police evidence.

The substance has not been tested.

Authorities say former Santa Fe County sheriff's Deputy Chan fatally shot Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel in October after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument.

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8:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Teen Suspect In Las Cruces Shooting Arrested At U.S.-Mexico Border

Authorities say a teenage suspect in a shooting in Las Cruces that critically wounded a neighbor has been detained at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.

Las Cruces police say the 17-year-old boy was returned to Las Cruces and questioned by investigators before being booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

He's charged with one count of attempted murder and will initially be held without bond.

The teen's identity is not being released by The Associated Press because he's a juvenile.

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Regional
8:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

State: Around 2,600 Fugitives Nabbed In New Mexico Last Year

State officials say around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year.

The Department of Corrections said last week that the absconders were caught thanks to an aggressive team tapped with finding fugitives across the state. Officials believe that may be the largest number apprehended in a single year.

However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.

Under New Mexico law, the punishment for apprehended absconders is determined by the State Parole Board and the courts.

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Regional
8:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Official: Provision On Tribal Casinos Might Violate US Law

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A federal official says proposed Indian gambling compacts to be considered by the New Mexico Legislature might violate federal law by effectively prohibiting an Oklahoma-headquartered tribe from opening a casino in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the official said a provision in the compacts proposed for four other tribes could prevent the Fort Still Apache Tribe from opening a casino.

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Regional
7:59 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mexico To Get Rain, Snow Along With Below-Normal Temps

Forecasters say New Mexico is about to get another big burst of winter weather.

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front is expected to move into the state Wednesday night and Thursday, producing below-normal temperatures and precipitation.

According to a special weather statement, there will be rain and high-elevation snow across most of northern and central New Mexico Thursday night.

Cold and wet and snowy conditions are expected to prevail from Thursday night to Sunday, with the potential for heavy snowfall in the mountains.

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Regional
7:48 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Maury Castro

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

NMSU Experts Say New Mexico Will Become A Hot Spot For Salt Cedar Beetles

Dave Thompson, NMSU associate dean
and director of Agricultural Experiment Station System New Mexico State University, checks the area next to an experimental field cage used to evaluate control of salt cedar using leaf beetles. The tiny voracious bugs only eat salt cedar leaves. Extensive quarantine lab tests at NMSU indicate they are not a threat to the state's cash crops when released into open areas. (NMSU Photo J. Victor Espinoza)

Researchers at New Mexico State University confirm different populations of salt cedar beetles, coming from Texas, Colorado and Arizona are converging in New Mexico.

Over the last six years, four species of salt cedar beetles in the U.S. have entered New Mexico, the first state in the nation to make that claim.

“My guess is that by this time next year, beetles will be in almost every population of salt cedar trees in New Mexico. They have been spreading very rapidly,” said David Thompson, NMSU associate dean
and director of Agricultural Experiment Station System. 

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Regional
6:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: New Mexico's Checkbook Is $100 Million Out Of Balance, Maybe More

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.

Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.

However, state Auditor Tim Keller says the difference could be hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Online EXTRA
6:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Martinez Announces Nomination To NMSU Board Of Regents, Other Boards And Commissions

Credit Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a number of appointments and nominations.

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Regional
5:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico To Tackle Campaign Spending Bill

A New Mexico Senate Democrat and a House Republican plan to co-sponsor legislation to define the relationship between candidates and political action committees when it comes to campaign finance.

Similar bills have failed in previous years but Sen. Peter Wirth said Monday he is hopeful of passage this year because of bipartisan support. The Santa Fe Democrat said the bill will be introduced following a review by the New Mexico Secretary of State. Republican James Smith of Sandia Park will be the sponsoring the measure in the House.

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Regional
4:43 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico Appeals Court Hears Assisted Suicide Case

Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have a right to end their lives?

That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers from a terminally ill woman.

The case involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

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Regional
4:38 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Names Of 2 Who Died In San Acacia Home Released By Police

Authorities have released the names of two people found dead in a San Acacia house after a fire last week.

New Mexico State Police said Monday that the victims were 59-year-old Anthony Romo and 89-year-old Vera Churn, both from Socorro.

Their relationship isn't immediately clear.

The remains of the two were found after the blaze north of Socorro was extinguished Wednesday morning.

Police investigators said earlier that the fire was electrical and it likely was started by two space heaters that were plugged into one circuit.

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Charge

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a heroin trafficking charge and is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 59-year-old David Mendez Bojorquez, of Phoenix, entered his plea Monday.

Mendez Bojorquez was arrested last Dec. 8 at a bus station in Albuquerque.

Federal drug agents and task force officers executed a federal search warrant on Mendez Bojorquez' suitcase and say they found a package containing more than a kilogram of heroin.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheriff's Department No Longer In Charge Of Animal Control And Code Enforcement

  Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has moved Animal Control and Codes enforcement from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department to the Doña Ana County Community Development Department.

The move — which became effective today — was coordinated with the cooperation and approval of Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique ‘Kiki’ Vigil.

The move will not affect the ability of the officers in the field to enforce all relevant county ordinances, but it will allow them to work with the Zoning Codes personnel who have long been under the umbrella of Community Development.

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3:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus Releases Agenda

  Austin - Leaders of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) and the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus (MALC), along with grassroots, business, and subject matter leaders from Latino/a communities across Texas, announced the results of a year-long effort to identify policy priorities in five key areas.

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Local Viewpoints
2:48 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Commends California Supreme Court For Policy On Boy Scouts

  WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended the California Supreme Court for barring judges from non-profit youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against LGBT people - mirroring new standards HRC will require Fortune 500 to meet in its annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

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Regional
8:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico State Police: Suspect Shot During Store Robbery

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Authorities say a northern New Mexico convenience store owner shot and wounded a Santa Fe man during an armed robbery.

According to the New Mexico State Police, the incident occurred Saturday in San Jose, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas.

A State Police statement says store owner Glen Post shot 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero with a handgun after Romero allegedly threatened people in the store with a rifle, took the cash drawer and shot at Post.

State Police arrested the wounded man and found a stolen vehicle near the store.

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Regional
8:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Mission Control: Balloon Crew Streaking Over The Pacific

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Mission control for a helium-filled balloon says the craft carrying an international team is past the one-quarter mark as they fly eastward across the western Pacific Ocean in a bid to break two major records en route from North America from Japan.

Pilots Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off in the Two Eagles balloon from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time. That was Saturday afternoon at mission control in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Regional
8:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Has Running Water Again

Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials say water has been restored after freezing temperatures damaged a crucial pipe line.

Officials say all park services are up and running and there are no water restrictions thanks to an interim bypass pipeline.

According to park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke, the 4-inch bypass pipeline temporarily replaces 7,000 feet of broken pipeline.

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Regional
6:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Paul Blevins

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Senator Bill Soules Hosts Town Hall

New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules held a town Hall at Onate High School to find out what people in Las Cruces were most concerned about during the upcoming legislative session.

Much of the conversation at the town hall centered on a single topic, and Senator Bill Soules says it is the concern he hears most often.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

NMSU Professor Shares Experience On Organic Certification Process

  In October, the Student Research and Education Gardens at New Mexico State University were awarded an Organic Transitions grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The process took researchers including, Mark Uchanski, NMSU professor of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, three years. 

Uchanski shares the lessons learned as well as the future benefits.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

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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Regional
1:40 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Federal Officials Participate In New Mexico Pharmacists' Association Meeting

  ALBUQUERQUE – Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA participated in the New Mexico Pharmacists' Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting held this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the purpose of educating the Association’s membership about how prescription drug trafficking and abuse contributes to New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic and enlisting their support in combating the epidemic.

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Regional
11:59 am
Sun January 25, 2015

VIDEO: New Mexico Capital Outlay Process

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11:54 am
Sun January 25, 2015

House Majority May Give New Mexico GOP The Advantage In Passing Bills

With their takeover of leadership in the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, Republicans likely improve their chances of passing legislation.

Before the session started on Tuesday, House Republicans were nearly equal with their Democratic counterparts in terms of the number of bills they pre-filed through Jan. 16.

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Regional
11:08 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Protestors Target Perry And Christie Over Immigration Issues

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Protesters targeted Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.

The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom Forum by six people chanting, "If you become president, will you deport our families?"

The six young adults claimed to be children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Police escorted them from the auditorium.

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Regional
11:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

In Depth: Issues To Watch In Texas Legislature

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

New Gov. Greg Abbott skipped the annual Texas Right to Life march and rally at the state Capitol on Saturday — a favorite event of his predecessor Rick Perry— but sent his wife Cecilia, the state's first Hispanic first lady.

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Regional
10:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Beef Prices Rise...But So Does Demand

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years.

Choice beef retail prices averaged about $6.31 per pound in December. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that is up 0.1 percent from November's previous record high and 17.7 percent higher than a year ago

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Regional
5:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Suspected Metal Thieves Hurt By Explosion

Authorities say two people stealing scrap metal on federally-managed land in southern New Mexico were injured when an item they picked up detonated.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House says a group was loading unexploded ordnance at McGregor Range near Chaparral on Saturday afternoon when a shell detonated in their vehicle.

House says two females were taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

Two men who were there were uninjured.

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