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4:23 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Hobbs Woman Nominated For New Mexico State University Board Of Regents

  Santa Fe – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced nominations for appointment to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents, the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Board of Regents, the New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents, and the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Woman Wanted After Alleged Knife Attack On Former Boyfriend

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have obtained a warrant for a Las Cruces woman who allegedly attacked her former boyfriend with a knife.

Lisa Holguin, 23, allegedly attacked the 35-year-old victim as he was eating breakfast on Dec. 21 in the 9000 block of Horace Lane. Holguin was reportedly armed with a set of brass knuckles that were also outfitted with a knife.

According to the victim, Holguin entered the front door unannounced and began accusing the victim of trying to get her in trouble over another legal matter.

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3:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Martinez Announces Changes In Cabinet Secretary Posts

Credit Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe – Today Governor Susana Martinez announced three cabinet level appointments. Dr. José Z. Garcia is stepping down as Cabinet Secretary of the Higher Education Department (HED). Dr. Barbara Damron has been appointed Cabinet Secretary for HED. Also, Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Dienes will step down from her position, and the Governor has named Tourism Department (NMTD) Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson to that role.

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3:35 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

A Packed January At The Rio Grande Theatre In Las Cruces

  Wednesday, December 31

Little Anthony Live In Concert                                                                       7 pm

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Regional
3:29 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lagging Pension Fund May Harm Texas Credit Rating

Credit State of Texas

  Budget analysts are warning lawmakers the state's credit rating could be harmed unless they do more to properly fund the retirement plan for Texas employees.

The outgoing leader for the Employee Retirement System of Texas says the plan's unfunded balance is about $7.5 billion. That number is projected to increase to nearly $10 billion by 2018 if the Texas Legislature doesn't immediately pursue reforms.

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Regional
12:34 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Records: Texas Has Enough Drugs For Five Executions

Texas has enough of the execution drug pentobarbital to carry out the first five lethal injections scheduled for 2015.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice records obtained by The Associated Press under an open records request show 12 doses of the powerful sedative in the prison system's inventory since the end of October, after the state carried out its 10th and final execution this year.

Two doses are required for each execution, plus another two in reserve.

At least 13 inmates have execution dates in 2015, including four in January.

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Regional
10:07 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Negotiations Underway For Sale Of Old Las Cruces City Hall

Credit www.las-cruces.org

   Negotiations are underway between the city of Las Cruces and federal government over the potential sale of the city's old City Hall building.

City Manager Robert Garza says the federal government is seeking bids for developing offices for federal employees associates with the courts.

In April 2010, the city moved its government offices from its older North Church Street location to a North Main Street address.

Since then, the old City Hall has relatively empty and unused.

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Regional
7:27 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Young Immigrants To Line Up For Driver's Licenses

Credit U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Many young immigrants who are protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies are expected to begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says it is anticipating a rush of immigrant applicants Monday and in the weeks ahead at Motor Vehicle Division offices statewide.

A preliminary injunction issued Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Hurd House Recognized, Thanks To NMSU Graduate

The Hurd House in San Patricio near Ruidoso was recently added to the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties. (Photo by Brittany Porter)

  Tucked away in a quiet corner of San Patricio in the mountains near Ruidoso, the 40-acre Hurd family home and studios might not be a destination everyone would immediately recognize. But thanks to a New Mexico State University student who received her master’s degree in December, the property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd is now listed on New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties and has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. 

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10:50 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Among Stars Planning To Speak At NMSU

   Organizers of a New Mexico State University lecture series named after longtime professor and playwright Mark Medoff say some big names will appear in its inaugural year.

Coordinator Ross Marks says organizers are discussing dates for actors Kevin Costner and Neil Patrick Harris to be lecturers.

Costner starred in the 2008 movie, "Swing Vote," which was primarily filmed in New Mexico.

Harris, who is slated to host the Academy Awards in February, is an Albuquerque native.

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10:50 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Federal Oversight Of Immigrant Shelter Questioned

  A Texas congressman says he wants more information about a behavior treatment shelter for immigrant children near Houston that has received $13 million in federal funding.

Congress is pressuring the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to increase oversight of facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center.

State records show that children at Shiloh have made allegations of physical abused and painful restraints. A local prosecutor wrote to federal authorities in 2011 with concerns.

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7:01 am
Sun December 21, 2014

I-10 Eastbound In Las Cruces Closed Until Mid-Morning Due To Fatal Accident

Las Cruces: Interstate 10 eastbound lanes remain CLOSED due to  a fatal crash that occurred on Saturday night near mile marker 148 south of Las Cruces. Motorists are advised to exit at Avenida de Mesilla or University Ave where they can access the frontage roads in order to enter back on to I-10 at Mesquite.  One person died in the multiple vehicle accident.

This closure will remain in effect until the mid-morning hours of Sunday December 21st as law enforcement completes their investigation, and the area is clear, and safe for the traveling public.  Please proceed with caution.

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4:58 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

UPDATE: Staples Stores In New Mexico Not Affected By Breach

Staples, Inc. gave an update on the investigation into its previously announced data security incident involving a small percentage of its retail point-of-sale systems.  No stores in New Mexico were affected by the breach.  In addition, only two stores in Texas, both outside of El Paso, were involved.

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3:30 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Waiter Accused Of Drugging Woman Won't Be Tried

A man accused of drugging a woman nearly four years ago while he was waiting tables at an Albuquerque restaurant is no longer facing charges.

A Sandoval County judge dismissed the case Friday against Damon Morgan because prosecutors were taking too long to go to trial.

In his order, Judge George Eichwald wrote prosecutors had already taken an "excessive" amount of time.

Prosecutors say the case is complicated because the alleged victim is a Bernalillo County assistant district attorney.

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3:28 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Dallas Stores To Begin Charging For Shopping Bags

Businesses and consumers in Dallas are preparing to comply with an environmentally friendly bag ordinance that takes effect Jan. 1.

The measure basically requires retail customers to pay a 5 cent fee per plastic or paper bag used.

The law approved in March requires retailers to charge for most single-use carryout bags. Exemptions include dry cleaning bags and most restaurant takeout bags.

Supporters say the measure will help limit the public mess associated with tossed plastic bags.

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3:26 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

New Mexico Wants Ballot Investigation In Colfax County

   The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office is seeking a judge's permission to investigate how initial election returns from one county were grossly miscalculated.

Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer wants to conduct a full audit and open locked ballot boxes in Colfax County.

County officials say a recount in the land commissioner's race showed Democrat Ray Powell had 84 fewer votes and Republican Aubrey Dunn had more than 100 fewer than what was first reported.

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3:25 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Police Union Challenges Reform Deal With Feds

  The union representing Albuquerque police officers is challenging a settlement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul police procedures, saying the deal undermines their own agreement.

The Albuquerque Police Officers' Association wants to argue in federal court for involvement in the settlement terms.

Union attorney Frederick Mowrer says in court documents filed Thursday that issues such as how officers will be disciplined for misconduct are in conflict with a collective bargaining agreement.

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3:23 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Perry: Health Official Out Over No-Bid Contracts

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  A top state health official has resigned at the request of Gov. Rick Perry over $110 million in no-bid contracts that public corruption prosecutors say they will likely investigate.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Doug Wilson submitted his resignation Friday. Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed says the governor has lost confidence in Wilson as the fallout from lucrative deals with an Austin tech company widens.

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3:22 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

New Mexico Listeria Cases Include Three Newborns

A handful of listeria illnesses in New Mexico linked to prepackaged caramel apples include three newborn boys who were infected in the womb.

New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Paul Ettestad said Friday that the newborns from Bernalillo and Lea counties have recovered. A 9-year-old McKinley County boy and a 42-year-old Bernalillo County man also have recovered after being hospitalized.

Ettestad says the illnesses were reported between late October and mid-November. Officials haven't determined which brands of caramel apples are involved.

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6:00 am
Sat December 20, 2014

NMSU Extension Program Helps Pre-Diabetics Make A Lifestyle Change

Registered dietitian Gaby Phillips, left, a program specialist with New Mexico State University’s Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department, shows off the latest weigh-in results of Barbara Dutton, 74, a participant in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

  When Barbara Dutton’s doctor told her last January that the 157 pounds she was carrying on her slight 5-foot frame put her body mass index over the line from overweight to obese, she knew she had to take action. Her father had been diabetic, and she didn’t want Type 2 diabetes to be part of her future.

Since then, the 74-year-old retired teacher has dropped 45 pounds – thanks, in part, to the National Diabetes Prevention Program offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with Molina Healthcare.

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PUENTES
6:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Christmas Traditions in the Mesquite District

Irene Oliver-Lewis and Sylvia Camuñez at KRWG FM studios.

  December 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of an interview with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez. They grew up in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces and recall some of their family Christmas traditions. Last week we talked about the different foods their family prepared for Christmas.

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4:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

New Border Wait Time App Available

  EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding international travelers of several important things they can do to ensure a smooth and efficient processing experience upon their arrival in the United States this holiday season.

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3:57 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Transcript: President's Remarks In Year-End News Conference

 

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

IN YEAR-END PRESS CONFERENCE

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

 

 

1:53 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  We've really got a full house today, huh?  Well, all I want for Christmas is to take your questions.  (Laughter.)  But first let me say a little bit about this year. 

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3:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Sen. Peter Wirth Files Bill to “Fix” Public Financing of New Mexico Elections

Credit senatorpeterwirth.com

  Sen. Peter Wirth (D- Santa Fe) yesterday pre-filed legislation to fix New Mexico’s Voter Action Act, which currently allows candidates for election to the Public Regulation Commission, Court of Appeals and NM Supreme Court to utilize public funding. It is Senate Bill 58.

Wirth said the “fix” to public financing was needed because of a 2011 court decision striking down a part of the original bill and this year’s misuse of the system by candidates for the PRC.

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3:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Suspected Las Cruces Hit And Run Driver Charged

  The driver suspected in Monday’s hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls has been arrested and charged with various offenses.

Rudalfo Villegas, 81, was arrested Thursday evening and is charged with two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, two counts of failure to render aid, one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily injury and one count of failing to immediately provide notice of an accident.

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3:06 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

NMSU Receives $853,815 Grant For Integrated Behavioral Health Training

  The New Mexico State University School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services has received a three-year Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professionals Training grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

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2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Jobless Rate Drops To 4.9 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate has declined for the third month in a row to 4.9 percent in November as the state continues to add jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that Texas added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year.

The November seasonally adjusted unemployment was slightly lower from 5.1 percent in October, and down from 6.1 percent a year ago. The rate was 5.2 percent in September and 5.3 percent in August.

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2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Death Among Five Reported In Listeria Outbreak

  Texas health officials say one person has died and three became sick in a food poisoning outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said the listeria outbreak includes 10 states and five deaths linked to the bacterial illness. More than two dozen people got sick.

Minnesota reported two deaths.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports four cases, including one death that's among the five listed by the CDC. No formal cause of death was released.

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2:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Patients Return To Dallas Hospital Where Ebola Hit

The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected by the virus says patients are returning and revenue is back to what it was before the crisis.

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9:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Two Sentenced In Gallup Housing Fraud Case

The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man have both been sentenced to prison for plotting to defraud the federal government.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Danny Garcia received a 20-month prison term Thursday while 62-year-old Michael Virruso got an 18-month sentence.

Both pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

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