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11:04 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Goodman: Electric Utilities Often Clinging To The Past

  Thinking about El Paso Electric, it helps to step back and contemplate the situation of electrical utilities generally.

 

These utilities are granted a monopoly on a valuable commodity, they're regulated by the states. Most function under somewhat backward laws that enable them to profit only by buying or building things, which often pressures them to solve problems in otherwise unnecessarily inefficient and (for us) expensive ways.

 

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3:35 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas AG Breaks State Law; Fills Jobs Without Posting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton's successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general's office. Five others came from former Gov. Rick Perry's office, and four more worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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3:33 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Controversy Over Martinez Appointment

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The New Mexico governor's reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers' questions about whether Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday.

The announcement prompted State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, to say the governor "has it out for" public defenders and the accused who can't afford an attorney.

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3:30 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Man Charged With Killing Rio Rancho Officer Now Accused Of Attacking Jail Guard

A man charged with killing a Rio Rancho police officer is accused of assaulting a jail guard.

KOB-TV reported Saturday that Metropolitan Detention Center officials say Andrew Romero has been charged with assault by a prisoner for allegedly trying to head butt an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Romero refused to leave a segregation unit's recreation yard cage.

Staff members allege he refused to cooperate despite verbal commands and was subdued with a stun gun and cuffed.

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12:22 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

State Police: Man Killed In Crash Near Truth Or Consequences

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

New Mexico State Police say a man has died after his car rolled over north of Truth or Consequences.

Authorities say 46-year-old Brent R. Bason, of Hillsboro, was driving a Ford pickup truck northbound on Interstate 25 late Thursday when the crash occurred.

They say the pickup left the right shoulder of the roadway and then rolled.

Bason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced him dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is still under investigation.

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9:22 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Democrat Files Complaint Against AG

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

A Texas Democrat has filed a complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton accusing the Republican of instructing county clerks to "break the law" over gay marriage.

Glen Maxey, a former state legislator, wrote to the State Bar of Texas accusing Paxton of violating rules of professional conduct set out for lawyers.

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9:17 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Federal Training Center In Artesia Hiring Amid Strike

A company contracted to maintain the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia is seeking to replace 50 striking workers.

The Omni Corp. is recruiting people for several positions as the labor dispute enters a second week.

A union representing the workers claims the training facility is already feeling the effects of the strike with unsanitary bathrooms, overflowing trash and dirty training areas.

The full-time and part-time positions that need filling include janitorial services, grounds maintenance, carpenters and warehouse personnel.

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9:15 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Wants Its Gold Back Inside State Borders

Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve.

Texas has decided to keep its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold. That's not just gold futures, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. It's currently stored at a New York bank.

The Legislature's decision to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives who are suspicious of national government.

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9:14 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Immigrant Children Struggle To Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card under a program for abused and abandoned children, Joshua's lawyer says he has been classified as an enforcement priority by government lawyers.

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3:26 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Santa Fe Commission Delays Vote On $40M Hospital Expansion

Santa Fe officials are delaying a vote on whether to allow a proposed expansion of a hospital that is one of the city's largest private employers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe Planning Commission decided Thursday to postpone the vote on the $40 million expansion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center until August.

The plan calls for a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story hospital wing that would house more private rooms.

Area residents say they are worried about the increased traffic and construction noise the project would generate.

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3:24 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Car Crash Near Deming

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Louisiana has died in a single-vehicle crash near Deming.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded Friday shortly before 12:30 a.m. to the crash scene on Interstate 10 east of Deming.

According to investigators, a car driven by 26-year-old Charles Preece, of Berwick, Louisiana, was heading eastbound on the interstate when it struck a guardrail.

The vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its top.

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Regional
8:10 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory Selects NMSU Physics Professor For Award

New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Edwin Fohtung was named the 2015 Rosen Scholar, a high-profile fellowship, which comes with $150,000 in funding.

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3:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Police Investigate Shooting With Ex-CNN Reporter As Homicide

Police are trying to sort out a fatal shooting at an Albuquerque motel involving a former CNN anchor and her former CNN reporter husband during an alleged robbery attempt.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Thursday the shooting that left one man dead is being investigated as a homicide.

Lynne Russell says her husband, Chuck de Caro, and another man exchanged gunfire after the man entered their room at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque's western edge and demanded jewelry.

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3:12 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $365,000 To Prevent Drunk Driving, Improve Traffic Safety In New Mexico

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads. The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs. The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

World's Largest Folk Art Market To Open In Santa Fe

A mecca for master artisans from around the world, Santa Fe is in the final stages of preparing for this year's International Folk Art Market.

In its 12th year, the market will feature more than 150 artists from around the world. The three-day event begins July 10 in Santa Fe and some 20,000 people are expected to attend.

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1:48 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Suspect In Beating Sought By Police

2002 Dodge Neon
Credit Las Cruces Police Department

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of beating a 61-year-old man, dumping the victim on the East Mesa and stealing his vehicle sometime Wednesday evening.

 

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9:12 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Special Election Fills Vacant Seat On Navajo Council

A Utah man is the Navajo Nation Council's news member, winning a seat vacated by the tribe's vice president.

Unofficial results from a special election this week show Herman Daniels Jr., of Monument Pass, winning the post. He defeated several others for the job.

Daniels served on the council in 2010 and 2011, filling in for his father who died while in office. He'll represent four Navajo communities on the 24-member council.

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9:07 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Albuquerque Settles Excessive Force Lawsuit For $500K

The city of Albuquerque is paying a man a half-million dollar settlement to conclude an excessive force lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports this new amount includes $200,000 previously awarded by a jury to Jerry Rodriguez for compensatory damages and eliminates a second trial phase that would have focused on municipal liability.

Rodriguez and his long-time partner Elaine Romero filed the lawsuit over a 2010 incident with police that took place a month after they questioned him about a homicide.

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6:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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7:40 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Santa Fe Cardiologist Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Roy G. Heilbron was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment Wednesday.

He's been released on his own recognizance.

The indictment alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims between January 2010 and May 2011.

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5:08 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Pearce: US-Cuba Deal Fails Americans

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. State Department and Cuban regime announced they will reopen embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.

 

“The announcement today by the President again rewards a brutal, tyrannical regime, and secures little in return,” Pearce stated.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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