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11:31 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientists Urge Rehiring Of Fired Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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8:34 am
Fri August 22, 2014

State Signs Work Safety Agreement With Mexico

New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.

Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.

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8:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientist Urge Rehiring Of Fired Nuke Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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Regional
8:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientist Urge Rehiring Of Fired Nuke Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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Regional
8:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gov. Martinez Travels To Meeting In Mexico

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled across the international border to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.

The governor's office said Martinez went Thursday to the Sonoran city of Hermosillo to attend a meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission along with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday.

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Regional
8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Border Patrol Installs More Rescue Beacons

The Border Patrol has installed 10 new rescue beacons in the southern Arizona desert.

The beacons allow migrants to push a red button that calls for help in the case of an emergency. The Border Patrol says the beacons help save the lives of migrants who get lost in the desert or wander too long.

The beacons are 30-feet-tall and solar powered. There are now 32 of them in the Tucson sector, covering most of southern Arizona.

Border agents rescued 142 people who called for help using the beacons from October to July 31.

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Regional
8:24 am
Fri August 22, 2014

New Mexico's Largest School District Set To Name Interim Chief

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The school board of New Mexico's largest school district is preparing to name an interim superintendent amid questions surrounding the former school chief's departure.

The Albuquerque Public Schools board is scheduled to meet Friday for a special meeting where board members are expected to discuss interim candidates.

Embattled Superintendent Winston Brooks resigned last week after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.

The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

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Regional
8:17 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Santa Fe Police Warn Of Treed Mother Bear And Cub

Police in Santa Fe are trying to avoid spooking a mother bear and her cub that have taken refuge in a tree a couple blocks from an elementary school.

Police said Friday morning the bear is treed near Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast. They're waiting for state Game and Fish officers to arrive so the animals can be relocated.

In the meantime, parents driving their children to that school are being asked to avoid using Camino Delora. Police don't want the morning traffic to scare the bears.

Police say they'll send a warning if the bears move.

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8:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Four New Sex Abuse Lawsuits Name New Mexico Catholic Diocese

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Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

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Regional
6:10 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks To Open Up New Mexico Primary Election To Independent Voters

New Mexico is one of 11 states that hold a strictly closed primary election. This closed primary process only allows for registered Democrats and Republicans to vote in their own primary election. It does not allow for independent voters to cast their vote in the election.  

This closed primary election is unconstitutional according to independent voter and Albuquerque lawyer David Crum who sued Secretary of State Diana Duran and Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.  Crum is pushing for a semi-closed primary that will include independent voters.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NMSU Motorcycle Ride Offers Chance To Learn About 4-H

Motorcyclists leave the Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service parking lot in Las Cruces on the first leg of their journey during last year's Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour. This year's tour is Aug. 23-24.

  The important role of the 4-H youth program in New Mexico communities is the focus of the annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 23 and 24, an awareness-building campaign first envisioned by New Mexico State University Regents Chair Mike Cheney as a way for people to learn about the many opportunities New Mexico’s youth can experience through the Cooperative Extension Service 4-H program.

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6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NMSU Freshman Receives National Hispanic Scholarship

NMSU freshman Mariah Garcia was one of 11 high school graduates nationwide who received the John S. Martinez Scholarship from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto presented the ceremonial check to her at NMSU-Albuquerque Center. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  New Mexico State University freshman Mariah Garcia of Albuquerque is one of 11 high school graduates nationwide to receive the John S. Martinez Scholarship from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

The Del Norte High School graduate was presented the $3,000 scholarship by State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Dist. 15, at the NMSU-Albuquerque Center prior to her departure to Las Cruces for her first semester.

Information from NMSU

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Regional
1:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Reverses Las Cruces Man's Child Abuse Conviction

  The state Supreme Court has reversed the child abuse conviction of a Las Cruces man for allegedly causing severe brain injuries to his 2-month-old nephew in 2005.

The court on Thursday ordered the child abuse charge against Daniel Consaul dismissed with prejudice so it can't be refiled. Consaul was sentenced in 2009 to 18 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted when Gov. Susana Martinez was district attorney in Las Cruces.

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Regional
11:24 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico City Will Appeal Ban On Ten Commandments Monument

  The Bloomfield City Council has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that the northwestern New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of City Hall.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker ruled Aug. 7 that the monument has the "principal effect of endorsing religion" in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Regional
11:22 am
Thu August 21, 2014

McRaven Confirmed As UT System Chancellor

  Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

McRaven on Thursday made his first public appearance in Austin since the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command was first rumored as a candidate. He wore a suit — and not in his Naval uniform — while briefly addressing regents after they confirmed his appointment.

McRaven starts in January. Terms of his contract have not yet been released.

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Regional
11:20 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Clovis May Pay Farmers Not To Use Water

  An eastern New Mexico city still struggling with drought is considering a plan to pay farmers with federal grant money to stop watering their crops.  Under a proposed conservation program aimed at changing the way Clovis area farmers use their water supply, farmers would be paid about $400 an acre to make the switch.

The change would mean farmers would have to rely on rain to water their land and some may have to change crops to those requiring less water.

Despite recent rainfall, much of New Mexico remains under moderate to severe drought.

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Local Viewpoints
11:09 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Public Citizen: Bank Of America Settlement Does Not Go Far Enough

  Note: Bank of America has agreed to pay a $9 billion fine as part of a $16.6 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the fraudulent sale of mortgages. Below are comments from Public Citizen experts.

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10:11 am
Thu August 21, 2014

DEA Publishes Final Rule On Hydrocodone Combination Products

  On Friday the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S.

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Regional
9:05 am
Thu August 21, 2014

U.S. 70 East Closed In Las Cruces Tonight

Las Cruces- The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting and placement of the large digital message board.

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Regional
9:02 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Campaign Funds To Cover Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Future Legal Costs

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

 

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars.

Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward.

But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign coffers. She says she didn't know if there were plans to reimburse the state for Perry's past legal expenses.

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8:44 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent Wednesday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Regional
8:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Gov. Martinez Urges Suicide Prevention At Taos Bridge

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Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos.

One of the first things the department plans to do is install 10 telephones at or on the bridge that will be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. After a bidding process, installation could begin as soon as October.

The governor says the phones will be a step in the right direction.

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Regional
8:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Possible Weapon In Border Agent's Slaying Found

A South Texas sheriff says a gun's been found that may be the weapon used to kill an off-duty Border Patrol agent shot while fishing with his family earlier this month.

Two men from Mexico are held without bond and face capital murder and other charges after 36-year-old Agent Javier Vega Jr., of Kingsville, was fatally shot and his father wounded during an attempted robbery.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

White Sands National Monument To Host American Indian Craft Event

ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO – American Indian artists from New Mexico and Texas will be at White Sands National Monument next week. They will gather in the visitor center courtyard for artist’s demonstrations and craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th. Guest artists will demonstrate how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork and crafts.  Invited artists include Raul Davis from the mountains of the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Raul brings unique ledger art to life on one of a kind documents dating as far back as the 1800s.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Works To Examine And Improve Student Writing

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

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Local Viewpoints
2:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions

  SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were were not allowed to file administrative wage claims. The action, organized by members of  the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted by policies enacted by DWS's Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to recuperate stolen wages.  

 

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Regional
12:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Confirms First West Nile Case Of 2014

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year.

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12:26 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

UNM Soccer Players Quit Amid Hazing Probe

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  Two sisters scheduled to play for the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.

University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.

School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.

Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.

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12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Woman Gets 21 Years In Murder

  A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.

A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.

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Regional
12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

  The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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