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12:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Finalists Chosen For NMSU College Of Business Dean

Two finalists have been chosen to interview on campus later this month in the search for a newdean to lead New Mexico State University's College of Business. The finalists will be on the NMSU campus to interview for the dean's position April 23 and 29.
  
The two finalists and the day they interview are:
 
Stuart Michelson, a professor and former associate dean for Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, will interview April 23.

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Regional
10:12 am
Thu April 17, 2014

NMSU Launches Specialized Reading Program

  In an effort to help teachers be more effective at teaching reading as well as identifying children who may have dyslexia, the New Mexico State University College of Education has launched a Read to Succeed concentration in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.

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Local Viewpoints
10:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

New Mexico First: Reforms Generated At "Water Town Hall"

New Mexicans want a balanced water policy that plans for future shortages, expands water storage and reuse, addresses legal issues, and protects environmental resources. They want to explore the potential of cleaning up brackish water (non-potable, highly salty water) in our aquifers. They also identified potential improvements to the ways the state finances water projects.

 

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Drones Help NMSU Researchers

  A small group of researchers and technicians recently gathered on a dirt airstrip at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range to launch a Bat 4 unmanned aircraft on a mission, flying through both military restricted airspace and the National Airspace System. 

“We do rangeland monitoring, and it’s a way to gauge rangeland health to see how the plants are doing over the course of the year,” said Connie Maxwell, USDA biological science technician and NMSU affiliated faculty member.

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Local Viewpoints
5:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Mexico Senate Democrats: "Shameful" Conduct By Martinez

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM –The conduct of Governor Susana Martinez and her staff revealed in a recent Mother Jones article can only be described as shameful, embarrassing and unprofessional. These are the thoughts of Democratic lawmakers in the New Mexico State Senate as they try to understand how a governor who is charged with taking care of New Mexico can act with such disregard for those who rely on her and her policies.

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Regional
3:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NMSU Regents Approve Revenue Bonds For Energy Savings

  At a special meeting April 16, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents gave final approval to issue $15.9 million in system subordinate lien revenue bonds. 

The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used to fund various energy cost savings improvements throughout the campus. These improvements are part of a guaranteed utility savings contract with Ameresco, an energy services company.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Mexico Prisons To End Overnight Family Visits

The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.

The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."

The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat

New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense.

Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person.

Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.

A separate bill approved by both chambers sets up a reimbursement fund for ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. It stills final action.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Texas Awards $4.8 Million For West Recovery

State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.

It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs.

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Local Viewpoints
3:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

President Obama Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform

  One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Tumbleweed Control

  In January, while the West made national news with extreme cold weather caused by the polar vortex, the Southwest experienced another phenomenon. It was the morning of Jan. 27 when strong winds hit the town of Clovis, breaking off dry tumbleweeds from the fields. In a matter of hours, thousands of weeds covered houses and businesses, many up to the roof. It took heavy machinery to help people out of their own houses. 

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Regional
4:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Mexico Holds A "Water Town Hall"

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

State officials, business leaders and others from around New Mexico are gathering for a two-day town hall focused on water use and other policy recommendations for dealing with severe drought.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, state engineer Scott Verhines, tribal leaders and mayors from several New Mexico towns are at the Albuquerque meeting, which runs through Wednesday. Meeting organizer Heather Balas says 31 of 33 counties are represented and interests span from lawmakers, farmers and students to researchers.

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Regional
4:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Higher Fines For Using Cell Phones While Driving

Credit NMSU

Santa Fe's mayor is proposing stiffer fines for people cited for using a cellphone while driving.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Mayor Javier Gonzales wants motorists who drive while using a cellphone to face a $200 fine.

That would be twice as much as the existing $100 fine.

The proposed fine would be $300 if the offense occurs in a school zone.

Gonzales says the city needs to do its part in combating distracted driving.

Municipal Court records indicate Santa Fe police issued 478 citations for cellphone violations last year.

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Regional
4:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Feds Condemn Anti-Police Fliers

Less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department blasted Albuquerque police for a pattern of excessive force, the federal agency is condemning threats of violence against officers in anti-police fliers that have surfaced in the city.

The Justice Department urged Albuquerque residents on Tuesday to "participate in the critical dialogue" after releasing Thursday the findings of its investigation into a string of police shootings since 2010, the majority of which were found to violate constitutional rights.

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Regional
4:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abbott Faces Thorny Death Penalty Decision

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

The death penalty has strong public support in Texas. Political candidates don't dare get in the way of the state's use of the ultimate punishment. But Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber. Abbott must decide whether Texas must disclose the source of its execution drugs, which could prompt suppliers to halt their deliveries.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Navajo Code Talker Dies

A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.

Michael Smith says his father, Samuel "Jesse" Smith, died Monday night in Albuquerque after recent bouts with pneumonia. He was 88.

The elder Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to become a pilot, but his plan was derailed because he didn't have a high school diploma. Instead, he became one of hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to confound the Japanese and help win the war.

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Local Viewpoints
2:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sen. José Rodríguez Statement On The Senate Committee On Veteran Affairs And Military Installations

Credit Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations hearing today:

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Regional
11:47 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Suspect Accused Of Making Threat Caught On Camera

 

  Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a man who walked into a north valley liquor store Monday evening, stole a 12-pack of beer and threatened to kill the clerk. The man was caught on surveillance video.

     Just after 7 p.m., deputies were called to the 5100 block of Doña Ana Road, where the clerk said a Hispanic male, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, walked in and grabbed a 12-pack of beer.

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Regional
8:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Martinez Goes Into Fall Campaign With $4.2 Million In The Bank

  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has raised $1.5 million for her re-election in the past six months, giving her big fundraising advantage over Democratic challengers.

The Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $4.2 million as of last week.

Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance disclosures with the secretary of state's office.

Five Democrats are running for their party's gubernatorial nomination in the June 2 primary election.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Grand Jury In Perry Ethics Case

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Special State District Judge Bert Richardson began impaneling jurors Monday in Austin.

The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Webber Well-Financed In Run For Governor

Credit alanfornm.com

Democrat Alan Webber reports raising more than $800,000 for his campaign for governor, with personal money accounting for more than half of that.

Webber is among five Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Webber's campaign released a finance summary Monday showing it had collected about $812,000 in cash contributions and $25,000 in donated goods and services.

Of the fundraising, Webber loaned his campaign $150,000 and contributed $300,000.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mother, Son Suspected Of Using Stolen Cards, Checks

  A 22-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of using stolen credit cards at a local department store was arrested Friday while his accomplice, his mother, fled from police.

Santana Jaramillo, of the 800 block of McFie Avenue, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, one count each of possession of stolen or lost credit cards, and one count of resisting or evading an officer.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

NMSU To Upgrade Nursing Simulation Lab

The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services has received $111,110 from the President’s Performance Fund to make improvements to the School of Nursing simulation laboratory. 

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Regional
11:35 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Las Cruces Police Seek Armed Robbers

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the suspects in Sunday morning’s armed robbery at a local convenience store.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, April 13, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Pic Quik store at 1770 S. Telshor Blvd. Officers learned that two masked men entered the store. One of the men, armed with a handgun, demanded cash from a store clerk.

The suspects left the store on foot, heading north, with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

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Local Viewpoints
9:49 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Report: New Mexico Corporate Income Tax Revenue Falling

  ALBUQUERQUE—Changes in the state’s corporate income tax (CIT) structure during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions are causing New Mexico’s CIT revenue to erode. This important revenue source helps stabilize the state’s general fund, which has had erratic growth in recent years, according to a report released today.

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Business
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Monday BusinessWatch

  Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Fred Martino covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.  Subscribe to our podcast on the right side of this page so you never miss a segment.

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Regional
12:18 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments On Electric Transmission Project

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Federal land managers are seeking public comments on a plan to build a 360-mile-long transmission line from New Mexico to southern Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Western Area Power Administration have released a draft report covering the potential environmental effects of the Southline Transmission Line Project.

Project developers say the new line would improve reliability of the electrical grid and help bring more electricity generated with renewable resources such as wind and solar to markets throughout the region.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Former Guard Honored For Actions During Prison Riot

A former New Mexico prison guard has been honored for saving the life of another state corrections officer nearly 34 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots.

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel gave Louis C de Baca the Medal of Honor, the department's highest award, on Tuesday during a ceremony in Albuquerque.

C de Baca helped another guard out of the Penitentiary of New Mexico in February 1980 as inmates stormed the control center.

C de Baca was chosen for the honor in January 2013 but initially declined it.

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Regional
12:11 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Albuquerque Coach Arrested For Alleged Sex With Teen

Bond has been set at $50,000 for an Albuquerque volleyball coach accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

21-year-old Ryan Kapuscinski is being held on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Los Lunas police arrested Kapuscinski on Wednesday after receiving a tip from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.

Authorities say the girl, who lives in Los Lunas, had been chatting online with Kapuscinski and admitted to having sex with him.

Police say Kapuscinski confirmed the sexual encounter.

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