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8:44 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Appointed As Archbishop Of Santa Fe

  Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe. He succeeds Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe upon reaching the age limit has been accepted by the Holy Father.

 

The Installation Mass for Archbishop-Elect Wester will be at 2:00pm on Thursday, June 4, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.  Until the installation Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan continues to serve as Archbishop of Santa Fe.

 

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Regional
7:21 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Civil Suit Targets NM Lenders

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Two New Mexico lenders are the defendants in a $900,000 lawsuit that claims they tricked low-income individuals into taking out high-interest tax refund anticipation loans.

The Daily-Times reports interest rates were as high as 240 percent on loans offered by Jeffrey Scott Thomas of J. Thomas Development of NM Inc. and Dennis Gonzalez, owner of Southwest Tax Loans.

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Regional
7:17 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rare California Condor Seen In Los Alamos

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A Los Alamos man who is also an avid birder says he spotted a California condor that was last seen in Colorado.

Joe Fitzgibbon told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1IcX8GN) that he was "flabbergasted" to see the bird in his backyard on Friday.

Fitzgibbon says saw a large radiotransmitter "N8" tag on its wing.

Fitzgibbon contacted the nonprofit The Peregrine Fund, which is monitoring 70 condors in Arizona and southern Utah.

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Regional
6:21 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Ed Frank: LCPS-PED Dispute Over Teacher Leave Not Over

Credit Carlos Carrea

Teachers in the Las Cruces Public Schools receive ten sick d

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Regional
2:34 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Report: West Texas Space Flights May Begin Later This Year

In October, 2012, Blue Origin’s pusher escape system rockets the Crew Capsule away from its West Texas launch pad, demonstrating a key safety system for both suborbital and orbital flights.
Credit Blue Origin

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A remote operation that resembles the Air Force's famously secret Area 51 is one of two Texas sites playing host to a 21st-century space race.

The private ventures at opposite edges the state are backed by Internet billionaires whose strategies and personalities seem worlds apart.

Low-key Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over the past decade has bought huge tracts of West Texas mountains and desert for his Blue Origin firm's launch site. Officials, who rarely discuss their plans, have said suborbital test flights may begin late this year.

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Regional
2:29 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

In Depth: Abortion Restrictions And A Budget Battle In Texas

Abortion politics roared back to life in the Texas Legislature and after some wrangling on the House floor could loom over the final five weeks of the 2015 session.

Although the issue had been mostly quiet after 2013's Senate filibuster and rallies at the Capitol when lawmakers passed some of the toughest abortion restriction in the country, House Republicans reignited a push for even tighter controls with a vote to end abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus has severe health abnormalities.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Inmates Sue New Mexico County For Inadequate Medical Care

Several San Juan County prison inmates are suing the jail over claims they were left injured or in pain after being denied basic medical care.

18 current and former San Juan County Adult Detention Center inmates filed a complaint earlier this month in state district court.

In the April 17 complaint, they allege the jail's health care providers displayed a "severe and deliberate indifference" to their medical needs.

The inmates are asking for financial compensation as well as court-mandated changes in jail policies, training and procedures.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Holloman To Hold Active Shooter Exercise

A 49th Security Forces Squadron member covers fellow SFS members as they check and clear rooms during an active shooter exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., last year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya / Released) Edit | Remove

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Regional
4:24 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

North America's Largest Powwow Draws Thousands To New Mexico

Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

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FROM FAR AND WIDE

More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the three-day festival in Albuquerque. The competitions also draw tens of thousands of spectators from around the world.

This year's celebration started Thursday.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: Former Perry Staffer Is A Judge In Perry's Appeal

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

An ex-Rick Perry's staff member is one of three judges who will consider the ex-governor's appeal to have his felony abuse-of-power charges dismissed.

Justice Bob Pemberton is one of the judges from the Republican-dominated 3rd Texas Court of Appeals named to hear Perry's appeal. According to his court website biography, Pemberton was a deputy general counsel on the former governor's staff and briefing attorney to former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, who is now on Perry's legal team. Perry appointed him to the appeals court in 2003.

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Regional
4:19 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Report: Albuquerque Officer Used Excessive Force

New Mexico State Police say their investigation has concluded that an Albuquerque police officer used excessive force during a call for service last month.

They say 24-year-old Officer Cedric Greer punched the individual in the head several times and struck the individual's chest enough to cause bruising on March 20.

Witnesses say the individual was cooperative before and after the battery.

The name and age of the person isn't immediately available.

Greer turned himself into State Police on Friday night.

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Regional
4:14 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Union Fights New Mexico Nurse's Dismissal

A union that represents hundreds of workers at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe is accusing the hospital of firing a longtime nurse in retaliation for her criticism.

The union filed a complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

An attorney for Diane Spencer, a registered nurse for more than 20 years, says she was dismissed over "a very trivial matter."

Spencer has testified in recent years in favor of legislation involving hospital staffing levels.

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Regional
4:13 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Trade Group Heads To Cuba

A Texas trade delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line trade position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. trade embargo.

The delegation landing in Havana Sunday is looking to expand Cuban imports of Texas agricultural products.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Judge To Appeal Order That She Get Social Media Instruction

A state district judge says she'll appeal a judicial admonition over her Facebook posts about trials before her court.

Part of the discipline the State Commission on Judicial Conduct meted out to Judge Michelle Slaughter is that she attend classes on the proper use of social media.

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PUENTES
4:54 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transportation Plans for Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County

Linda Flores and Tom Murphy at KRWG FM studios.

April 25, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (MPO) Mesilla Valley Planning Organization Officer, Tom Murphy; and MPO Board Chair and Mesilla Trustee, Linda Flores, to talk about regional transportation planning. The MPO is responsible for planning all aspects of the transportation system in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County. Every five years residents from these communities are called upon to provide public input into transportation plans.

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Regional
3:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Anthony, New Mexico Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Fernando Garcia, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Group Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In El Paso

  El Paso - Community leaders and political activists are sponsoring a VoteEPVote civic engagement meeting on Saturday (April 25, 2014) to address El Paso's low voter turnout. This will be the second meeting of this project to discuss and develop an action plan that increases civic engagement and voter participation in this community.

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Local Viewpoints
2:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transparency In New Mexico: A Mixed Forecast

  Column Courtesy of New Mexico In Depth:  Common Cause New Mexico and other advocacy groups mounted an ambitious campaign to shower the Roundhouse in sunshine and fix some of our ailing campaign finance laws during the past legislative session, but the result fell short of what good government groups had expected. As a result, the forecast remains only partly sunny – or partly cloudy – depending on your outlook.

Partly Sunny:

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Regional
2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Road Closures For Las Cruces Country Music Festival

  The Las Cruces Country Music Festival begins today and several roadways will be closed or have limited access Friday through Sunday to accommodate staging, seating and other related activities.

Most of Main Street north and south through the Downtown Mall will be closed for the weekend festival and the Farmer’s Market that’s held every Saturday.

Other road closures include:

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Regional
2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Students Gather In Las Cruces For Youth Research Conference

  About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

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Regional
9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Two Men From China Sentenced To Prison In Export Case

Two men from China have been sentenced to federal prison in New Mexico for conspiring to export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Bo Cai, of Nanjing, to two years in prison.

Cai's 30-year-old cousin Wentong Cai, of Chifeng, received an 18-month prison term.

Both will be deported after completing their sentences.

The men pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to smuggle sensors to China without first obtaining the required export license.

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Regional
8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge: Slain Deputy's Personal Records Will Not Be Released

The defense team for a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting another deputy will not be using the victim's personnel records in their defense after a judge denied their request to have the documents released.

Tai Chan is accused of killing Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin in October after they went drinking in Las Cruces where they were staying after transporting a prisoner. Chan has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

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Regional
8:14 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Texas House OK's New Abortion Restrictions, Then Backtracks

The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn.

The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation.

Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Rep. Matt Schaefer successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception.

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Regional
8:12 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Cesar Chavez Receives Navy Honor 22 Years After Death

The sister of the late labor leader Cesar Chaves says she could feel her brother's presence at a moving ceremony honoring his Navy service 22 years after his death.

Rita Chavez Martin was one of several hundred gathered at his graveside for a ceremony bestowing honors from the U.S. Navy. Relatives said that at his death nobody thought about his military service. They focused instead on his work with farmworkers.

Chavez Martin says she wrote a letter to her brother every day of his service in the Pacific.

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Regional
8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Pair Of Mexican Grey Wolves Released In Arizona

A breeding pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The female had been captured in January to be paired with a more genetically diverse male.

Wildlife officials say they're hopeful the two will improve the overall genetic profile of the wolf population. They believe the female wolf is pregnant.

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Regional
8:04 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Oil And Gas Sale Brings $2.1 Million For New Mexico

  

April's oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $2.1 million for state trust land beneficiaries.

The New Mexico Land Office says a dozen tracts totaling more than 3,500 acres were leased.

The highest sealed bid of $480,160 for 160 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Eddy County came from Chase Oil Corp. of Artesia.

The highest oral bid of $840,000 was submitted by Yates Petroleum for 320 acres in Lea County.

The revenue raised by the monthly sales benefit public schools, universities and hospitals.

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Intermezzo
5:15 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Choirs to perform “A Child of Our Time” and Faure's "Requiem" at spring concert

Conductor David Klement and baritone soloist Antonio Quaranta
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Sir Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio, “A Child of Our Time,” as a profound protest against the persecution of Jews during World War II, and the persecution of African-Americans in this country (the text declares, “pogroms in the East, lynchings in the West”). Conductor David Klement and baritone Antonio Quaranta, who will perform the work this weekend with the NMSU Choirs, say that Tippett’s powerful message about suffering and hope continues to resonate with listeners in our own day.

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Online EXTRA
5:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

USDA Works With Farmers To Address Impacts Of Climate Change

  In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA's Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

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Regional
4:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Abbott Doesn't Talk Border Issues With Honduran President

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has met with the Honduran president but didn't discuss Texas border security efforts aimed at stopping the flow of immigrants.

The meeting Thursday with Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez was the first time Abbott has hosted a Central America leader since taking office. Abbott said in a statement that the two focused their discussion on economic relations.

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