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4:06 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

New Mexico Governor Denounces Trump's Comments

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is denouncing GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

A Republican and the nation's only Latina governor, Martinez said Wednesday following a news conference that Trump's comments were uncalled for and that no politician should make generalizations about any group.

Martinez said she hadn't been keeping up with Trump, but expressed shock after learning about comments he made during his presidential campaign announcement.

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3:51 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Daycare: Same-Sex Marriage, Finances Reasons For Closing

A Las Cruces church daycare says it's closing due to troubled finances and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

First Baptist Church's Senior Pastor David Burrows told KFOX-TV in El Paso on Monday that church officials are refusing to accept government funds because they don't want the government telling them who they can hire.

That move comes after Burrows says a new security system, nine new employees and a lack of government funds created a $300,000 shortfall for the church.

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Regional
2:50 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Heinrich Commends Agreement To Re-open Embassies In U.S. And Cuba

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Obama announced an agreement to re-open embassies in the United States and Cuba:

"Re-opening our embassy in Havana and agreeing to open a Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. is a positive step in changing the course of our relationship with Cuba. This embassy will serve as a way to increase contact between governments, establish diplomatic relationships, and engage with the Cuban people.

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Regional
2:43 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge OPM To Minimize Impact Of Data Breach On Federal Employees, Improve Security Co

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information.

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Regional
2:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Civil Forfeiture Reform Among New Laws In New Mexico

A measure that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime is one of many new signed bills that now are state law.

A number of new laws go into effect Wednesday following a divisive New Mexico Legislative session that saw many proposals died amid partisan bickering. But some did pass the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate.

Among the new laws is a bill aimed at providing transparency and accountability of the civil forfeitures by police and providing protections to innocent property owners.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Robber Killed In Shootout With Ax-anchor's Husband At Motel

A former CNN anchor says her husband fatally shot a would-be robber at motel in Albuquerque.

Lynne Russell told KOAT-TV that a man pointed a gun at her head when she went to get something from her car late Tuesday night.

Russell said the man then pulled her into her hotel room at gunpoint where her husband exchanged gunfire with the man. The robber was killed and husband wounded.

Russell did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press, but former CNN colleagues Ted Kavanau and Patrick Clawson told the AP she had described the incident to them.

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Regional
2:35 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Police Find Car Loaded With Explosives In Mexico Border City

Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez say they have detained three men who were pushing a car laden with explosives.

The explosives included two tubes of ANFO, or ammonium nitrate-fuel oil, a potent explosive often used in industry. Officials say the explosives would have caused damage in a 40-yard (meter) radius had they detonated.

The Chihuahua state prosecutors' office said Tuesday that police also found three batteries, two bottles of fuel and electrical wire in the car. It said the men who were pushing the car also had marijuana and guns.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

More Tribes Sign Gambling Agreements With New Mexico

More Native American tribes have signed gambling agreements with the state in recent weeks as one northern New Mexico tribe digs in its heels.

Gov. Susana Martinez's office confirmed Wednesday that Taos, Isleta, Zuni and Ohkay Owingeh pueblos have signed on to a compact that was hammered out over three years of negotiations and approved by the Legislature during its last session.

Five tribes already had signed on, including the Navajo Nation, the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache nations and Acoma and Jemez pueblos.

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Online EXTRA
9:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department To Host Volunteer Class

Credit Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Applications are now being accepted for the fall class of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Police Academy, which will kick off August 1, 2015.

The academy takes class members through various divisions of the department in an effort to strengthen community partnerships through education and awareness.

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Regional
4:51 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Heinrich Lauds New Rules To Extend Overtime Pay Protection For New Mexico Workers

Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed President Obama's plan to extend overtime pay protection for workers in New Mexico and across the country. The President's plan would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year. The increased threshold would tie overtime protections to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers.  The plan would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week -- below the poverty threshold for a family of four -- to a projected level of $970 a week in 2016.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Walmart Shoplifting Suspect Wanted

Wal Mart Crime Stoppers
Credit Crime Stoppers

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify a man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from a local Walmart store.

 

During the early-morning hours of Monday, June 29, the man is suspected of loading a shopping cart full of merchandise and leaving the store without paying. The man is suspected of leaving the store with more than $4,000 in stolen merchandise.

 

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Regional
3:40 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Jury Acquits Woman In Fatal Shooting Of Man In Rio Rancho

A state District Court jury in Sandoval County has acquitted a 25-year-old woman of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a longtime friend in Rio Rancho in 2013.

In returning a not-guilty verdict Monday, the jury concluded that Amanda Jo Lucero might have shot 23-year-old Andrew Anderson in self-defense. His body was found on a busy street.

According to police, Anderson was shot during a confrontation over items missing from a residence that he had just left.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Navajo Nation Chapters Have More Than $77M In Unspent Funds

An audit of the Navajo Nation revealed that the tribal government's 110 chapters had more than $77 million in unspent funds.

The Gallup Independent reports last week Tribal Auditor General Elizabeth Begay reported that the chapters hadn't spent $77.6 million as of December 2014.

Since the report's release, the Navajo Nation council has been looking into the impact of allowing the chapters to carry over their unspent annual budget into the next year.

Begay says an average of $650,000 annually had been appropriated to the 110 chapters from 2006 to 2013.

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Regional
1:18 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

NMSU Rodeo’s Josh Davison Captures All Around Honors At National Finals

New Mexico State University’s rodeo team competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, June 14-20, bringing home many honors. 

“With several top 10 finishes at this year’s CNFR, I am very proud of what my team has accomplished,” said Jim Brown, head rodeo coach for NMSU. 

Eleven regions compete within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for a shot at a CNFR championship title. Overall, the NMSU men’s team placed 29th out of 53 teams, while the women’s team ranked 27th of 35. 

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Regional
9:39 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Achaeologists Call On Feds To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

Credit National Park Service

Archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation are calling on the U.S. Interior Department to protect the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development.

Nearly 30 archaeologists sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday to highlight their concerns. It comes a day after Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall toured the area in northwestern New Mexico.

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7:26 am
Tue June 30, 2015

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Plans To Expand Overtime Protections

 

“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages... We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they’ve earned.”

– President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

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Regional
7:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Road To Spaceport America Hits Snag Due To Planning Error

Credit spaceportamerica.com

Officials say start of construction on an improved southern New Mexico road to Spaceport America will be delayed around three months thanks to a planning error.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County staff told commissioners last week surveying work for the proposed construction didn't align with a corridor that was studied as part of a key environmental review.

County Engineer Robert Armijo says he didn't know why that happened but staff has to redesign the roadway to match the corridor.

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Regional
6:38 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Texas Leads Multistate Suit Against EPA Over Water Rule

Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water.

In a separate case filed Monday, 13 states are also seeking to have the rule overturned.

The May rule would greatly expand federal authority under the Clean Air Act over the bodies of water the EPA can legally regulate, restoring protections to tributaries and wetlands.

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Regional
6:34 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Authorities ID Boy Scout Who Died In New Mexico Flash Flood

Authorities have released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood on a northern New Mexico camping trip with his troop.

New Mexico State Police announced Monday that the victim was 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California.

Police say Brock was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch.

Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon where they were camping around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The water over-ran their camp site, taking four boys down the canyon.

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary Connor At Chaco Canyon

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor for joining him at Chaco Culture National Historical Park to learn more about the region's sensitive archaeological sites as Interior Department officials make decisions about future oil and gas leasing in the area. Connor's visit was in response to Udall’s letter asking the Department of the Interior to send a top-level official to New Mexico.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Pearce Statement On Supreme Court Decision Rejecting EPA Emissions Rules

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to consider cost before issuing burdensome 2012 emissions regulations on power plants.  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on the 5-4 decision:

 

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Regional
3:52 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

DOE Names Acting Field Office Manager At Nuclear Repository

The U.S. Department of Energy has named one of its longtime employees as the acting director of the field office that oversees the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository.

Dana Bryson is replacing Joe Franco, who recently took another job with the agency at the Hanford site in Washington.

The department says Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and has served as the deputy manager of the Carlsbad Field Office since 2013.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Ex-Las Cruces Police Officers Arraigned

Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia were arraigned in the Third Judicial District Court today. Both former officers are facing a charge of Aggravated Battery for what took place in a holding cell on December 23, 2014 involving Ross Flynn.

 

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Local Viewpoints
3:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Latino Community Has Spoken, Trump Is Out!

Today, hundreds of thousands of Latinos and non-Latinos cheer NBC Universal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant. NBC Universal/Comcast, to its credit, moved to disassociate itself from a man who has either failed to realize or to accept that hate speech against any and all communities will no longer be tolerated. 

 

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Regional
7:19 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Texas Attorney General: State Workers Can Deny Marriage Licenses

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine.

But he says "numerous lawyers" stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one.

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Local Viewpoints
7:15 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Rodriguez: Texas Attorney General Should Not Tell Public Servants They Can Break The Law

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Paxton's contention that elected officials in Texas are not bound by the U.S. Constitution:

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Local Viewpoints
5:25 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Goodman: With Pope Francis, We Are Watching Something Remarkable

  Prince Myshkin, protagonist of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, is an “idiot” because he takes the words of Jesus quite literally, not realizing (as the mature adults around them do) that such sentiments are all very well in their place but not to be acted upon. 

 

Pope Francis seems a little that way. In a traditional situation where the Pope displays his humility, Pope Francis chose to do so with juvenile delinquents in a jail; and rather than any ceremonial washing, he chose to kneel down and give their feet a good washing. Clearly he didn’t get it at all!

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Regional
11:19 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NM Files For Health Exchange Premium Increase

A major insurer on the New Mexico health exchange is not budging from a proposal to raise its premiums for some customers by more than 50 percent.

The Albuquerque Journal reported  Friday that Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico filed a request for a 51.6 percent increase with the state insurance office.

The exchange offers plans by five different insurance companies.

Three are asking to boost premiums between 2 and 17 percent, depending on the plan.

But CHRISTUS Health Plan, however, is not seeking any increase.

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Regional
11:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Judge Won't Block Santa Fe County Tax

A tax hike in the cities of Santa Fe and Espanola appears more likely to take effect this week.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a judge late last week denied both cities' request for a temporary restraining order halting the tax increase.

However, First District Judge Sarah Singleton allowed a lawsuit initiated by the cities against Santa Fe County to move forward.

The cities are suing the county over a decision to raise its gross-receipts tax by one-eighth of a percentage point, a move that is supposed to start Wednesday.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun June 28, 2015

NMSU Professor Says Water Restrictions May Be In New Mexico's Future

  On May 5, California approved a 25 percent cut on water use in urban areas in an effort to conserve water after four years of intense drought. With these historic water restrictions, could New Mexico face the same future?

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