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5:49 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New College Of Osteopathic Medicine Breaks Ground At NMSU

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A new public-private partnership was touted at the groundbreaking for a new college of osteopathic medicine located at NMSU.

Cement poured into the ground signaling the future home of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. The 80,000 square- foot facility will be located on the campus of NMSU’s Arrowhead Research Park.  

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Online EXTRA
4:45 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Holloman Airman Dismissed From Air Force, Sentenced To 42 Months Confinement

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Major Clarence Anderson III was sentenced April 22 following a three-day general court-martial trial by a military judge to 42 months confinement and dismissal from the Air Force.

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Regional
4:42 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

In Depth: Feds Bust Major New Mexico And West Texas Pot Operation

  Twelve individuals are facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting marijuana traffickers and money launderers operating in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas.  The investigation culminated this morning when ten of the defendants were arrested during an early morning law enforcement operation led by the DEA.  Teams of federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers participated in the operation that included arrests in five cities and towns in New Mexico and Texas.  The operation also included the execution of f

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Local Viewpoints
4:39 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Gessing: Walmart, We Hate You. Now, Please Come Back!

Credit Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Liberals generally don’t care for Wal Mart. In fact, egged on by the left-wing Green “Chamber of Commerce,” the Las Cruces City Council recently rejected a proposal to rezone some land for a Wal-Mart.

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Regional
4:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Brandishing Gun

  A Las Cruces man was arrested Sunday night and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives said he pulled out a gun while confronting two men inside a convenience store.

   According to court documents, Alejandro Wright, 24, was not allowed to board a bus at a stop in the 800 block of Thorpe Road because he was allegedly intoxicated. After being refused a seat, Wright reportedly walked into the convenience store and demanded a refund from the cashier for the bus ticket.

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Regional
4:10 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Texas House Approves Bill Requiring Warrants For Body Cavity Searches

The Texas House has preliminarily approved a bill requiring police and law enforcement officials to get a search warrant before conducting body cavity searches.

Houston Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. said that although officers rarely search a person's vagina or anal cavity, his bill would prohibit doing so without warrants.

Lawmakers' unanimous voice vote Monday came two years after the state settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $185,000 with two women whose genitals were probed by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.

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Regional
4:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Papen Wants Answers On Mental Health Care In New Mexico

A key Democratic state senator is asking Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration for answers as a mental health provider prepares to pull out of southern New Mexico.

Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen says she's concerned about the thousands of people who currently receive care from Arizona-based La Frontera. The provider is set to stop services June 1.

Papen outlined her questions about continuing patient care in a four-page letter made public Monday. She sent the letter to three of Martinez's cabinet members.

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Regional
4:07 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How About This? Earn Your Degree In Four Years, Get A $1,000 Check

The New Mexico Highlands University board of regents has voted unanimously to offer incoming freshmen an incentive to earn their undergraduate degree in four years.

Students who do that will receive a $1,000 bonus check from the university after graduating.

The board on Friday also approved a 6.7 percent increase in tuition and fees for resident undergraduates and instituted a 6 percent per year tuition cap on increases going forward for the incoming freshman class.

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Regional
4:06 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Texas Governor Reports For Jury Duty

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's return to a courtroom had nothing to do with suing Washington.

Abbott on Monday spent most of his afternoon as potential juror No. 15 during selection for a domestic violence case in Austin. He joins Rick Perry and George W. Bush as other Texas governors who have been summoned for jury duty.

Abbott says he would make a fair juror but was excused after nearly three hours.

He is no stranger to courtrooms. Abbott is a former Texas Supreme Court justice and sued the Obama administration 30 times as attorney general.

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Regional
8:44 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Appointed As Archbishop Of Santa Fe

  Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe. He succeeds Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe upon reaching the age limit has been accepted by the Holy Father.

 

The Installation Mass for Archbishop-Elect Wester will be at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 4, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.  Until the installation Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan continues to serve as Archbishop of Santa Fe.

 

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Regional
7:21 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Civil Suit Targets NM Lenders

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Two New Mexico lenders are the defendants in a $900,000 lawsuit that claims they tricked low-income individuals into taking out high-interest tax refund anticipation loans.

The Daily-Times reports interest rates were as high as 240 percent on loans offered by Jeffrey Scott Thomas of J. Thomas Development of NM Inc. and Dennis Gonzalez, owner of Southwest Tax Loans.

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Regional
7:17 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rare California Condor Seen In Los Alamos

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A Los Alamos man who is also an avid birder says he spotted a California condor that was last seen in Colorado.

Joe Fitzgibbon told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1IcX8GN) that he was "flabbergasted" to see the bird in his backyard on Friday.

Fitzgibbon says saw a large radiotransmitter "N8" tag on its wing.

Fitzgibbon contacted the nonprofit The Peregrine Fund, which is monitoring 70 condors in Arizona and southern Utah.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 27, 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
2:34 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Report: West Texas Space Flights May Begin Later This Year

In October, 2012, Blue Origin’s pusher escape system rockets the Crew Capsule away from its West Texas launch pad, demonstrating a key safety system for both suborbital and orbital flights.
Credit Blue Origin

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A remote operation that resembles the Air Force's famously secret Area 51 is one of two Texas sites playing host to a 21st-century space race.

The private ventures at opposite edges the state are backed by Internet billionaires whose strategies and personalities seem worlds apart.

Low-key Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over the past decade has bought huge tracts of West Texas mountains and desert for his Blue Origin firm's launch site. Officials, who rarely discuss their plans, have said suborbital test flights may begin late this year.

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Regional
2:29 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

In Depth: Abortion Restrictions And A Budget Battle In Texas

Abortion politics roared back to life in the Texas Legislature and after some wrangling on the House floor could loom over the final five weeks of the 2015 session.

Although the issue had been mostly quiet after 2013's Senate filibuster and rallies at the Capitol when lawmakers passed some of the toughest abortion restriction in the country, House Republicans reignited a push for even tighter controls with a vote to end abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus has severe health abnormalities.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Inmates Sue New Mexico County For Inadequate Medical Care

Several San Juan County prison inmates are suing the jail over claims they were left injured or in pain after being denied basic medical care.

18 current and former San Juan County Adult Detention Center inmates filed a complaint earlier this month in state district court.

In the April 17 complaint, they allege the jail's health care providers displayed a "severe and deliberate indifference" to their medical needs.

The inmates are asking for financial compensation as well as court-mandated changes in jail policies, training and procedures.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Holloman To Hold Active Shooter Exercise

A 49th Security Forces Squadron member covers fellow SFS members as they check and clear rooms during an active shooter exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., last year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya / Released) Edit | Remove

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Regional
4:24 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

North America's Largest Powwow Draws Thousands To New Mexico

Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

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FROM FAR AND WIDE

More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the three-day festival in Albuquerque. The competitions also draw tens of thousands of spectators from around the world.

This year's celebration started Thursday.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: Former Perry Staffer Is A Judge In Perry's Appeal

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

An ex-Rick Perry's staff member is one of three judges who will consider the ex-governor's appeal to have his felony abuse-of-power charges dismissed.

Justice Bob Pemberton is one of the judges from the Republican-dominated 3rd Texas Court of Appeals named to hear Perry's appeal. According to his court website biography, Pemberton was a deputy general counsel on the former governor's staff and briefing attorney to former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, who is now on Perry's legal team. Perry appointed him to the appeals court in 2003.

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Regional
4:19 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Report: Albuquerque Officer Used Excessive Force

New Mexico State Police say their investigation has concluded that an Albuquerque police officer used excessive force during a call for service last month.

They say 24-year-old Officer Cedric Greer punched the individual in the head several times and struck the individual's chest enough to cause bruising on March 20.

Witnesses say the individual was cooperative before and after the battery.

The name and age of the person isn't immediately available.

Greer turned himself into State Police on Friday night.

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Regional
4:14 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Union Fights New Mexico Nurse's Dismissal

A union that represents hundreds of workers at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe is accusing the hospital of firing a longtime nurse in retaliation for her criticism.

The union filed a complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

An attorney for Diane Spencer, a registered nurse for more than 20 years, says she was dismissed over "a very trivial matter."

Spencer has testified in recent years in favor of legislation involving hospital staffing levels.

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Regional
4:13 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Trade Group Heads To Cuba

A Texas trade delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line trade position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. trade embargo.

The delegation landing in Havana Sunday is looking to expand Cuban imports of Texas agricultural products.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Judge To Appeal Order That She Get Social Media Instruction

A state district judge says she'll appeal a judicial admonition over her Facebook posts about trials before her court.

Part of the discipline the State Commission on Judicial Conduct meted out to Judge Michelle Slaughter is that she attend classes on the proper use of social media.

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PUENTES
4:54 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transportation Plans for Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County

Linda Flores and Tom Murphy at KRWG FM studios.

April 25, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (MPO) Mesilla Valley Planning Organization Officer, Tom Murphy; and MPO Board Chair and Mesilla Trustee, Linda Flores, to talk about regional transportation planning. The MPO is responsible for planning all aspects of the transportation system in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County. Every five years residents from these communities are called upon to provide public input into transportation plans.

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Regional
3:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Anthony, New Mexico Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Fernando Garcia, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Group Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In El Paso

  El Paso - Community leaders and political activists are sponsoring a VoteEPVote civic engagement meeting on Saturday (April 25, 2014) to address El Paso's low voter turnout. This will be the second meeting of this project to discuss and develop an action plan that increases civic engagement and voter participation in this community.

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Local Viewpoints
2:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transparency In New Mexico: A Mixed Forecast

  Column Courtesy of New Mexico In Depth:  Common Cause New Mexico and other advocacy groups mounted an ambitious campaign to shower the Roundhouse in sunshine and fix some of our ailing campaign finance laws during the past legislative session, but the result fell short of what good government groups had expected. As a result, the forecast remains only partly sunny – or partly cloudy – depending on your outlook.

Partly Sunny:

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Regional
2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Road Closures For Las Cruces Country Music Festival

  The Las Cruces Country Music Festival begins today and several roadways will be closed or have limited access Friday through Sunday to accommodate staging, seating and other related activities.

Most of Main Street north and south through the Downtown Mall will be closed for the weekend festival and the Farmer’s Market that’s held every Saturday.

Other road closures include:

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Regional
2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Students Gather In Las Cruces For Youth Research Conference

  About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

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Regional
9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Two Men From China Sentenced To Prison In Export Case

Two men from China have been sentenced to federal prison in New Mexico for conspiring to export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Bo Cai, of Nanjing, to two years in prison.

Cai's 30-year-old cousin Wentong Cai, of Chifeng, received an 18-month prison term.

Both will be deported after completing their sentences.

The men pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to smuggle sensors to China without first obtaining the required export license.

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