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10:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Las Cruces Police Investigate Shooting

Las Cruces Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 38-year-old man.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 38-year-old man was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police learned that someone transported the man to the hospital and left before providing information to medical personnel.

The 38-year-old man was stabilized at MMC before being airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He remains hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning.

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8:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloon Crew Nearing North America Matches Duration Record

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The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a duration record as they approach North America, marking another historic day for the team that's already set a distance record.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia marked another milestone early Friday when they hit 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds in the air in a traditional gas balloon.

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8:06 am
Fri January 30, 2015

George P. Bush Headlines Texas Capitol 'School Choice' Rally

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New Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading a "school choice" rally supporting calls to expand voucher programs and charter schools statewide.

Organizers say Friday's gathering outside the Texas Capitol will be the largest of its kind in recent memory.

Bush served on the board of one of Texas' top charter-school operators, and his office oversees the nation's largest educational endowment.

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8:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Difficult Driving Conditions Reported On Some NM Highways

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

Other highways in the Las Vegas area also have difficult driving conditions.

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7:54 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A.G. Balderas Offers Investigation Update After Releasing Behavioral Health Audit

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The New Mexico Attorney General on Thursday announced the release of a 2013 Behavioral Health Services Audit and said that his office is hoping to complete an investigation into the providers within six to eight months. 

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday announced the release of a redacted version of a 2013 Behavioral Health Services Audit and also gave an update on a current investigation into the providers.

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7:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

New Mexico Immigrant License Repeal Effort Passes First Hurdle

An effort to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses has cleared its first hurdle despite a comparison to the Holocaust.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines Thursday to move along the GOP-led proposal aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws.

But Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, an Albuquerque Democrat, said the effort reminded her of stories from the Holocaust and warned it would create more divisions in New Mexico.

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7:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Former EL Paso Schools Official Gets Probation

A federal judge has sentenced a former El Paso Independent School District administrator to five years of probation and fined her $5,000 for her role in a scheme to artificially inflate test scores.

The El Paso Times reports Myrna Gamboa cried before and during her Thursday sentencing. Gamboa, who pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to defraud the U.S., told the judge she wanted to apologize for her actions.

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Regional
7:36 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Increase In Vaccination Exemptions A Concern For New Mexico

A measles outbreak traced largely to Disneyland in Southern California has New Mexico health officials concerned.

The outbreak has spread to Arizona, Colorado and other states but hasn't hit New Mexico yet. However, state officials say they're concerned because an increasing number of families have been seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state Department of Health reported 3,335 registered exemptions in 2014, up 17 percent from two years earlier.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Is Banning Plastic Shopping Bags The Green Thing To Do?

Is the ban on plastic shopping bags making Santa Fe greener less than a year after it was formally implemented? How will the ban in Silver City which was implemented earlier this month affect other cities in New Mexico who might be considering implementing a plastic shopping bag ban? Edmundo Resendez discussed these questions with Paul Gesssing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation.

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PUENTES
9:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Homes for Our Community

Maria Vasquez at KRWG FM studios.

January 30, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Executive Director of Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity, Maria Vasquez. Mesilla Valley Habitat was founded in 1987. It is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which was founded in 1976 with affiliates in all 50 states, and operates in over 90 countries. Over 600 homes have been built throughout New Mexico.

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Regional
8:59 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Former El Paso School Official Gets Probation In Testing Scandal

  A federal judge has sentenced a former El Paso Independent School District administrator to five years of probation and fined her $5,000 for her role in a scheme to artificially inflate test scores.

Myrna Gamboa cried before and during her Thursday sentencing. Gamboa, who pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to defraud the U.S., told the judge she wanted to apologize for her actions.

Her attorney and prosecutors agreed she should serve only probation because she helped with the investigation and didn't receive any bonuses for her role in the scandal.

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Regional
8:29 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Teen Charged After Alleged Threat With Gun

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have obtained a warrant for an18-year-old Las Cruces man after he allegedly threatened a 16-year-old girl with a shotgun.

According to court documents, Lawrence Lucero, who also goes by Josh Lucero, threatened the girl on or about Jan. 16.

The victim sent a text message about the incident to a friend of hers, who then alerted school administrators at Rio Grande Preparatory Institute.

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8:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Three Arrested In Connection With Burglary

William Fontana

   According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators, one man has been arrested and two others have been identified in connection with the alleged burglary of a Mesilla Park car wash.

            Media attention about the investigation prompted members of the public to identify William Fontana from surveillance photos taken during the alleged burglary. Fontana was arrested Wednesday by New Mexico State University Police.

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4:59 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Pushing Teen Voting In School Elections

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections.

Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque introduced this week a measure aimed at increasing voter participation in the election of school board members.

Martinez, a Democrat, says a similar measure has been passed in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The proposal comes as some lawmakers are pushing a voter I.D. measure that critics say might reduce voter participation in the state.

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Regional
4:52 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico House Panel OKs 'Right-To-Work' Proposal

A New Mexico House committee has approved a right-to-work bill after hearing hours of impassioned appeals from speakers.

The House Business and Employment Committee voted 8-5 Thursday, largely along party lines with one Democrat joining seven Republicans, to move forward the contentious bill that prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Opponents far outnumbered proponents. They told lawmakers the bill would hurt workers by lowering wages and allows big business to bully them.

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4:48 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Roswell DA Won't Prosecute Santa Fe Police Over Shooting

The Roswell district attorney won't prosecute two Santa Fe police officers involved in a 2013 non-fatal shooting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 5th Judicial District Attorney Janetta Hicks stated her decision in a letter Thursday to New Mexico State Police.

The Santa Fe police officers shot at a suspect who was driving his mother's van that had been reported stolen.

Hicks says the officers were defending themselves as they had to rapidly move out of the way of the vehicle to avoid being struck.

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4:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Man found Dead In Rio Rancho; Being Investigated As Homicide

The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in Rio Rancho that is being called suspicious and appears to be a homicide.

Sheriff's officials say deputies say deputies were called Wednesday afternoon to investigate an unattended death.

Deputies say they found 30-year-old Matthew Senter lying near his vehicle unresponsive.

They say Senter had an argument with his girlfriend the previous evening and left the residence.

He walked alone to his vehicle that was parked in a vacant lot that is owned by his friend.

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4:44 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

UNM names Heather Dyche As School's New Women's Soccer Coach

New Mexico has named Heather Dyche as the school's new women's soccer coach a season after the program was rocked by a bizarre hazing episode.

Dyche, an Albuquerque native, was a staff member with the United States Soccer Federation.

She was introduced Thursday as the Lobos' fourth head coach in the program's history after Kit Vela's contract wasn't renewed in November after 14 seasons.

An internal investigation showed underclassmen were humiliated by being forced to perform inappropriate gestures during the August incident.

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1:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General Makes Behavioral Health Audit Public

Credit Hector Balderas

A redacted version of an audit that led to the shake-up of behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans is now public.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas released the audit during a news conference in Albuquerque, saying the state needs to do a better job of ferreting out fraud without disrupting services that citizens depend on.

He says he's making changes in the way the attorney general's office investigates such matters.

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9:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Another New Mexico Immigrant License Repeal Effort Begins

A House panel is expected to discuss efforts to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss two bills aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws.

One proposal by Rep. Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque calls for creating a "two-tier" driver's license system. But Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says that would only create "scarlet-letter" licenses from immigrants.

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Regional
9:13 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Proposes No Clock Change

One New Mexico legislator is tired of springing forward and falling back every year.

Sen. Cliff Pirtle introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep New Mexico on daylight savings time year-round.

The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and no longer makes sense.

He says farmers and ranchers like daylight savings time and work from sunrise to sundown no matter what the clock says.

If the legislation passes, New Mexico time would remain unchanged after it springs forward on March 8.

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9:12 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Sportsmen To Rally Against Public Lands Transfer

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Some sportsmen are worried that legislation calling for the transfer of federal public lands to state control could be introduced in New Mexico.

While no such bills have been filed yet, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and other groups are planning to rally Thursday at the State Capitol to voice their opposition to the idea.

Critics say a transfer law, like the one Utah passed in 2012, would amount to an assault on hunting and fishing access. They also argue that the state would be saddled with the costs of managing the land.

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Regional
8:46 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Land Commissioner Delays SunZia Electric Transmission Line

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.

The Land Office says nearly 30 percent of the proposed line will cross state land.

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Regional
8:35 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Antibiotics In Food Campaign Coming To Southern New Mexico

The state consumer group NMPIRG launched a national campaign in Albuquerque. It’s goal? To stop the purchase of meat raised with antibiotics. NMPIRG’s first target? A McDonalds near the University of New Mexico’s central campus. Edmundo Resendez spoke with Jacob Peters, NMPIRG Campaign Organizer about the organization’s intentions in southern New Mexico. 

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Regional
6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Troy Tudor

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5:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Man Serving Life Term For Murder Dies In New Mexico Prison

A man serving a life sentence in the 1986 murder of a University of New Mexico student has died in prison.

State Department of Corrections officials say 74-year-old Johnny Zinn died last week. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Zinn had been housed at the long-term care unit of the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Zinn was convicted of first-degree murder and 18 other charges in the death of Linda Lee Daniels.

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5:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Pueblo Official Pleads Guilty In Embezzlement Case

A former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Bruce Sanchez entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to two counts from a 2012 indictment that accused him and a co-defendant of embezzling at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state's 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque Indian School property.

Sanchez was governor of Santa Ana Pueblo between 1999 and 2010 and was a prominent figure in statewide Indian affairs.

Regional
5:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Historic Santa Fe Building Designated As National Treasure

New Mexico Palace of Governors
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The Palace of the Governors is already billed as one of the oldest continuously occupied public buildings in the United States.

Now, the adobe structure bordering Santa Fe's historic plaza is being named as a national treasure.

The official announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation was made Wednesday afternoon. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, cultural affairs officials and history buffs were in attendance.

Built in 1610, the palace is now part of the state history museum.

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5:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

New Mexico Senator Introduces Flat Tax Bill

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to do away with most taxes and replace them with up to a 2 percent flat tax on most things people buy.

Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington introduced legislation Wednesday that calls for a 1 percent tax on gross receipts for the state, a ½ percent for counties and a ½ percent for cities.

He first floated the idea of a flat tax for the state two years ago.

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12:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Josh Grider Performs In Las Cruces On Valentine's Day

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with a special Valentine’s Day performance by hometown boy-turned-country western crooner Josh Grider. The AMP recording artist will spend an intimate evening sharing songs and stories from his near 10-year career as a band leader and songwriter in the trenches of the Red Dirt Music Scene – a career that has included five number one songs on the Texas Country Music Charts, five full length albums and two EPs.

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