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  Over 100 residents gathered to support Kasandra Gandara as she announced her candidacy to serve as Las Cruces City Councilor in District 1. A resident of the city for over 20 years, In a release, the campaign said Gandara would work to develop city policy that benefits the diverse needs of residents and businesses in her district, if elected.

Concerns Raised Over Management Of Homeland Security Grant In Dona Ana County

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  Today, the Office of the State Auditor released an audit that raised concerns with the management of grant funds from the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program. The audit was requested by the Dona Ana Sheriff’s Office to examine the use of grant funds it received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support border-related law enforcement activities in fiscal year 2012 and 2013.

Embattled Albuquerque School Chief To Learn Fate

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Dr. Luis Valentino, Albuquerque Schools Superintendent

The board of New Mexico's largest school district is scheduled to decide the future of its embattled superintendent following the hiring of an administrator facing charges of child sex abuse.

Albuquerque school board members are expected Monday to vote on Superintendent Luis Valentino after two previous meetings and more than nine hours behind closed doors.

Valentino is facing calls to resign just two months as superintendent following his hiring of Jason Martinez to lead the district's instruction and technology division.

NMSU helps Mexican Universities With Extension Programs

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New Mexico State University and the University of Arizona have partnered to help several Mexican universities increase their ability to develop and deliver extension programs to rural Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1Jrh1Y0 ) that members of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and representatives from 19 Mexican universities traveled to Washington, D.C., in August to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and congressional staff.

Blue Bell Resumes Selling Ice Cream After Listeria Recall

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Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.

Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama.

The company voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

Monday Business Watch

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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.  This week, Jason discusses the increasing amount of student debt. 

  The truest measure of our community's quality of life must be a shared vision that touches us all. A retired Las Cruces Public Schools teacher, I have seen how the problem of limited transportation affects the academic success of our students, their families, and their futures.

The head of a key Texas business group says he doesn't trust the high school dropout and graduation rates provided by state officials.

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond told The Dallas Morning News that public schools can manipulate the statistics they give to the Texas Education Agency, including the rates of students who opt for home-schooling.

But TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said the state monitors the numbers it receives and requires documentation to avoid stat fixing.

The managers of the agencies that provide health care and disability benefits to New Mexico veterans say wait times for medical appointments and disability claims have improved.

Andrew Welch, New Mexico VA Health Care System director, and Chris Norton, regional director for the Veterans Benefits Administration, told the Albuquerque Journal that notable progress has been made in the past two years.

Welch says as of last month, the average wait time for a primary care appointment was about seven days.

Common Cause Director "Shocked" By Allegations Against Duran; Presses For "Quick And Fair" Outcome

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Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico

  Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, Viki Harrison, released the following statement today regarding the Secretary of State situation “Like the rest of the state, Common Cause New Mexico was shocked to hear of the criminal complaints filed against our Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, by the Attorney General,” said Harrison.

Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.

There's no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the more than 600 school districts suing Texas argue that classroom funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed. The state has said it meets constitutional requirements.

Members of the New Mexico Military Institute's girls college volleyball team suffered minor injuries when their bus crashed following a tournament in Texas.

The Institute says all cadets and coaches who were hurt have since been released from various medical centers and should be back on post Sunday.

Institute spokeswoman Lt. Col. Colleen Cole Velasquez told KOB-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/1JENbTE) that the incident occurred Saturday around 7:30 p.m.

Velasquez says the team was heading back to Roswell after winning a volleyball tournament in Abilene.

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A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group.

Crews could be seen Sunday morning removing the statue of the Confederate president from its place near the university's iconic clock tower.

University President Greg Fenves recently said the statue would be moved to a museum.

White Sands To Host Native American Artist Craft Show and Demonstration

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  Join Native American artists from New Mexico in the visitor center courtyard for artist’s demonstrations and craft show from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th. Guest artists will demonstrate how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork and crafts.

Toulouse Oliver: "Shocked, Saddened" Over Allegations Facing Duran

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BERNALILLO COUNTY CLERK MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER

  After the announcement of criminal charges filed against New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement:

“Like many of my fellow New Mexicans, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations facing Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

  In September 2005, the freshly renovated Rio Grande Theatre began the next chapter in its evolution as an entertainment and cultural center in the heart of Las Cruces. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the historic 89-year-old theater’s reincarnation and the Doña Ana Arts Council is pulling out all the stops to celebrate with a three day-long birthday bash, September 24-26, 2015.  The three-day celebration theme is “Rock’n and Roll’n for 10 Years!”

  Some readers will remember Rick Seeberger. Sheriff Todd Garrison was so charmed by Seeberger that he placed him high in DASO, though Seeberger had never been a cop and had neither experience nor a degree in law enforcement. DASO Deputies reported disastrous results. Morale seemed to go through the floor. The basement floor. Eventually Seeberger departed, after a public controversy.

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Aug 29, 2015

Unearthed Atari Games Bring In Over $100,000

Aug 29, 2015

A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales in the last several months.

The estimated 850 games that sold on eBay has brought in close to $108,000.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig to retrieve the games, announced the figure at an Alamogordo City Commission meeting earlier this week.

Of the revenue, Alamogordo will receive about $65,000. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society will get $16,000.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Las Cruces, N.M. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement following the federal court decision in North Dakota to grant a preliminary injunction that will temporarily block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS):

EPA Moves Forward With Water Protection Measure Despite Court Ruling

Aug 29, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

The EPA says a rule that took effect Friday in 37 states will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans.

Opponents, including farm and business groups, have pledged to fight the rule, emboldened by a federal court decision Thursday that blocked the rule from Alaska to Arkansas.

Abbott Pushing For More Abortion Restrictions

Aug 29, 2015
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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Legislature to approve several new abortion restrictions — even though Texas already has some of the nation's toughest limits on the procedure.

Lawmakers don't reconvene until 2017, unless Abbott calls a special session.

Still, in a statement Friday, the Republican said he'd like laws changed to make performing partial-birth abortions a state felony. He also wants to pull all state and local funding from Planned Parenthood, a group that's already a frequent target for legislators.

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A Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted three suspects in the fatal drive-by shooting of an Albuquerque teenager two months ago.

The county District Attorney's Office says all three suspects were indicted Friday on first-degree murder and other charges and remain held without bond pending their arraignment hearings.

One of the suspects is 18-year-old Donovan Maez, who is the son of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque.

Southern Heritage Group Loses Appeal Of UT Davis Statue Move

Aug 28, 2015

A Southern heritage group has lost an appeal to block the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas.

A state district judge on Thursday rejected efforts by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to force the university to leave the statue near the campus's iconic clock tower.

Attorney Kirk D. Lyons said the group appealed that decision Friday to the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, but lost again.

University President Greg Fenves recently ordered the statue moved to a museum.

EPA: Soil On Navajo Nation Trending To Pre-Spill Conditions

Aug 28, 2015
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Federal officials say the concentration of metals in the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation is returning to what it was before the release of toxic sludge from a gold mine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new data Friday of surface water and soil samples from nearly a dozen locations on the reservation. The EPA says iron and other metals peaked in the week following the Aug. 5 spill at the Gold King mine but since have declined.

Love for Comics Leads Author to Self-Publishing

Aug 28, 2015

On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with local comic, writer and entrepreneur Jason Salas. His desire to sell his comic strip, “Perk at Work,” at last year’s 1st annual Las Cruces Comic Con led him to self-publishing.

Suspect Sought In Drive-By Shooting Investigation

Aug 28, 2015

  A warrant was issued late Thursday for the arrest of an 18-year-old Las Cruces man who Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say is a suspect in a series of drive-by shootings last week east of Las Cruces.

According to court documents, Eric Brooks, who lives in the 9100 block of Corona, is wanted on one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and two counts of shooting at or from a motor vehicle. The allegations are all fourth-degree felony charges.

New Federal Charges For Man Accused In Rio Rancho Officer's Death

Aug 28, 2015

A federal grand jury has filed robbery and other charges against a man accused in the fatal shooting of a police officer in an Albuquerque suburb.

A superseding indictment filed Friday says 28-year-old Andrew Romero carried out armed robberies at a CVS on April 6 and a gas station on May 26 in Albuquerque. The gas station robbery came in the day after authorities say Romero shot and killed Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner in Rio Rancho.

Romero is charged in state court with first-degree murder.

  Technology is consistently changing. To keep up with the demands of the evolving technology, students can learn about useful tools needed in the field through New Mexico State University’s bachelor’s degree in information and communication technology. 

Texas Worker Gets Prison Time For Selling Driver's Licenses

Aug 28, 2015

A woman accused of selling driver's licenses to more than 28 illegal immigrants while working at the Texas Department of Safety has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

The Dallas Morning News reports Gloria Adame was sentenced Thursday. She had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer identification documents produced without lawful authority.

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