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6:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

El Paso Opera premieres “A Grand Night for Singing!” in Las Cruces

Opera directors David Grabarkewitz, Judy Weinstein and baritone James Wright in the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Drawing on talent from throughout the region and beyond, the El Paso Opera will showcase seven singers from their Young Artists Program in the premiere of “A Grand Night for Singing!,” an evening of great American songs followed by champagne and dessert.

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PUENTES
6:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Return of "An Iliad" - A Play About War

Algernon D'Ammassa and Randy Granger at KRWG FM studios.

  February 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with two accomplished artists from the Las Cruces area, Randy Granger, celebrated musician and songwriter; and Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. They collaborate with storytelling and music for the return of “An Iliad,” in two performances at the Black Box Theater in Las Cruces on Saturday, February 28th at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on March 1st at 2:30 p.m.

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Local Viewpoints
5:19 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Pearce Votes Against Homeland Security Budget

  Washington, D.C. - Today, the House voted on a pair of bills relating to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security.  The first, in accordance with the regular legislative process, called on the House and the Senate to debate the difference between the two chambers’ bills (a formal Conference).  The other was the House suggestion to provide an additional three weeks of funding to allow the Conference to go forward.  U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued the following statement:

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Regional
5:15 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Murder Charge In Failed Drug Burglary

  Las Cruces---A grand jury found that the state’s evidence brought against Joshua Jones warranted a 1st Degree Murder charge along with Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder; Attempt to Commit Aggravated Burglary (Deadly Weapon); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and (4) counts of Tampering with Evidence.

On the afternoon of February 14, 2015 emergency services received multiple calls reporting gunfire in the Claude Dove and Delano Drive area.  Responding officers located Fernando Molina and his brother Antonio Molina both with gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Another Guilty Plea In Heroin Trafficking Investigation

  ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Gonzalez, 39, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to heroin trafficking and firearms charges under a plea agreement that requires him to serve an 18-year federal prison sentence followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

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Regional
2:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets 20 Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

  ALBUQUERQUE – Clemente Eduardo Vasquez-De La Cruz, 27, a naturalized citizen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who resides in Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws. 

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Regional
2:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Federal Jury Finds Deming Residents Guilty On Kidnapping And Firearms Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., returned a guilty verdict earlier today finding Jessie Hopper, Sr., 54, and Polly Hopper, 61, of Deming, N.M., guilty on kidnapping and firearms charges after a five-day trial.  The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and Luna County Sheriff Jonathon Mooradian.   

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Local Viewpoints
2:46 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Morales Blasts Misinformation From School Districts About Test And Lack of Response By PED

  Santa Fe – Written communications from school district superintendents containing numerous false statements of fact about the upcoming PARCC standardized examinations today drew the ire of Democratic Senators.

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Local Viewpoints
2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Lopez: Common Core Fails Children

Credit nmlegis.gov

  Santa Fe, NM – Pointing to broad bipartisan support for repeal of Common Core academic standards across the nation, Senator Linda Lopez (D-11-Bernalillio) today pushed for passage of Senate Bill 196 (SB 196) in the Senate Education Committee (SEC). Sen.

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Regional
1:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Book Sale To Benefit Branigan Library In Las Cruces

  An upcoming book sale will benefit Thomas Branigan Memorial Library by generating revenue to pay for summer reading programs for children and adults, and purchase library materials including books and DVDs.

The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (FTBML) will conduct the book sale at the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., from 1 – 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 1 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

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Regional
8:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bernalillo County Commission Approves Gross Receipts Tax Increase

Credit bernco.gov

People shopping in the Albuquerque area will be paying more sales tax on many purchases.

The Bernalillo County Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 vote to increase the gross receipts tax by three-sixteenths of 1 percent effective July 1.

That increase amounts to an additional 19 cents on a $100 purchase.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the increase is projected to raise $30 million annually.

Two-thirds of that amount is supposed to pay for mental- and behavioral-health programs.

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Regional
8:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Latest Winter Storm, Ice Covers Highways In New Mexico

The latest winter storm to hit New Mexico is covering highways with snow and ice and closing schools in some areas.

Highways with severe or difficult driving conditions Friday include a 161-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton Pass in northern New Mexico and a 155-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Milagro and the Texas line.

The state Department of Transportation says its crews are plowing, salting and cindering.

Areas were schools are closed include Rio Rancho and Albuquerque's east mountains.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Community Members Come Together To Create Lasting Artwork

The Las Cruces Creates exhibit at the New Mexico State University closes this weekend, but the results of a community-weaving project were unveiled last night.

John Garrett directed the Community Weave at Las Cruces creates, a large piece that includes fabric from t-shirts donated by the community. He says the project was about more than creating art.

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Intermezzo
6:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jazz, classical, marches all part of the mix for Mesilla Valley Concert Band concert

Conductor Bill Clark with the score of "Quartets," which the Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform under his baton.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Conductor Dr. William Clark says he likes to stretch the musicians of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, and their March 1st concert includes a wide range of pieces that will do just that. From Tchaikovsky and Holst to contemporary composers Roger Cichy and Tom Dossett, and, as always, a Sousa march, the concert will showcase the many talents of the ensemble, particularly the trombones – who will play Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones,” transcribed by local trombonist Tom Wildman. Clark came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert.

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Local Viewpoints
2:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

NM Senate Majority Leader Challenges Martinez And Skandera To Take High-Stakes Exam

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – Responding to parents and students who are concerned about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

In Depth: Other States Already Require The Campaign Finance Disclosure Being Resisted In New Mexico

  How much, and what kind of information must lobbyists disclose. It’s a familiar issue at the Roundhouse.

New Mexico’s lobbyists already publicly say how they spend money, although it varies lobbyist by lobbyist how detailed those reports are.

Now New Mexico’s state lawmakers are being asked to require lobbyists to disclose the issues they’re working and the sources of their compensation -- and how much that is.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Panel Approves Uber, Lyft Regulation Bill

A measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft has cleared its first hurdle.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 8-3 on Thursday to approve a proposal that would require such services to provide insurance and conduct rigorous background checks on drivers

Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose are sponsoring the bipartisan legislation as state officials wrestle with how to respond to the expansion of Uber and Lyft in the state.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Perry Lawyers Continue Efforts To Get Felony Case Dismissed

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Attorneys for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have asked a state appeals court to dismiss felony abuse-of-power charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate on free-speech grounds.

In briefs processed Thursday by the Third Court of Appeals, Perry's lawyers argue that more than just their client's freedom is at stake.

They say the Republican was acting within his rights when he issued a 2013 veto.

His attorneys also have repeatedly sought to dismiss the case with the district court judge presiding over it.

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Local Viewpoints
11:29 am
Thu February 26, 2015

National Hispanic Media Coalition Commends FCC For Net Neutrality Rules

Credit freepress.net

  WASHINGTON - The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) commended the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) historic vote today to adopt strong Net Neutrality rules that use the FCC's authority under Title II to prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization online. In a standing-room-only open meeting, the FCC adopted the strongest Open Internet rules that it has ever put forth, implementing the light-touch regulations that more than 4 million people and countless civil rights leaders have advocated. 

 

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Online EXTRA
9:21 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Balderas Supports Bill For Campaign Finance Disclosure

Credit Hector Balderas

SB 278, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith, will be heard Thursday by the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee in Room 315.  The bill, which requires disclosure of donors to independent political action committees, picked up a new supporter this week – the Attorney General.  SB 384, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, mirrors SB 278 in the Senate.

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Local Viewpoints
9:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Democrats: "Right To Work For Less" Bill Marks A "Sad Day" For The State

Credit New Mexico Democratic Party Chair Sam Bregman

  Governor Martinez and NM House Republicans continued their attack on working men and women by passing a ‘right to work for less’ bill through the state house last night.  This bill, championed by business and wealthy interests does nothing to create jobs or improve the economy for New Mexicans.

The sole intent of the legislation is to weaken and destroy unions and working class New Mexicans as well as the strong support that labor unions offer to the poor and middle class.

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Regional
7:24 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico Panel Eyes Limiting Solitary Confinement

A New Mexico House panel is scheduled to debate a proposal that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is set Thursday to discuss a measure that would also limit solitary confinement to no more than consecutive 15 days and no more than 60 days a year.

The proposal comes after a number of high-profile lawsuits by inmates who alleged that they were placed in inhumane and filthy isolation cells in state prisons or county jails.

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Regional
7:22 am
Thu February 26, 2015

New Mexico House Panel Eyes Regulating Uber, Lyft

A New Mexico House committee is set to discuss a measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss a proposal that would require such services to provide insurance and conduct rigorous background checks on drivers

Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose are sponsoring the bipartisan legislation as state officials wrestle with how to respond to the expansion of Uber and Lyft in the state.

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Regional
7:20 am
Thu February 26, 2015

State Official: Court Rulings Boost Cost Of Auto Insurance

A state official says New Mexico drivers are paying more for part of their automobile insurance because of court rulings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Insurance Superintendent John Franchini says court rulings on uninsured motorist coverage are allowing more claims and increasing the size of settlements.

Franchini in particular points to a 2010 state Supreme Court decision in particular for increases in premiums for uninsured motorist coverage.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Traveling Exhibit Sheds Light On Human Trafficking

It is estimated that more than 27 million people worldwide are victims of Human Trafficking. Paso del Norte Center for hope tries to raise awareness of the issue, and brought the traveling exhibit SOLD: the human trafficking experience to Las Cruces.

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Regional
5:41 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Otero County To Settle Solitary Confinement Lawsuit For $2.9 Million

A New Mexico man allegedly kept in filthy solitary confinement conditions and reportedly was denied proper health care has settled his federal lawsuit.

A lawyer for 51-year-old Jerome Gonzales announced Wednesday that his client settled his lawsuit with Otero County for $2.9 million.

Attorney Matthew Coyte said Gonzales suffered from mental illness and was not given proper treatment while in the southern New Mexico county jail.

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Regional
5:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

In Depth: A Busy Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The rabbi who defied Texas' same-sex marriage ban and wed a lesbian couple last week led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday, catching staunch supporters of the prohibition off-guard.

Rabbi Kerry Baker didn't reference the nuptials, which are being challenged by the state attorney general, but urged lawmakers to pay special attention to people who are marginalized and to treat everyone equally.

"It's not enough to do what is good for the majority, but to do what is good for all of us," Baker said.

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Regional
5:36 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Trafficking Heroin

  ALBUQUERQUE – Nathan Andrew Maestas, 31, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 72 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for heroin trafficking charges in connection with five cases filed in 2013 as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Doña Ana County, N.M.

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Local Viewpoints
5:33 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Pearce Blasts President's Veto Of Keystone Pipeline

  Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued a formal response to the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.  Approved by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, the legislation would put an end to the lengthy and unnecessary delay of the Keystone project that has spanned over six years.  Congressman Pearce issued the following reaction to the veto: 

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Regional
12:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspects Sought In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the two men suspected of committing an armed robbery Tuesday morning.

At around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, a resident was walking from his vehicle near the 600 block of Lane when he was approached by two men who asked for loose change. The man began to hand over a few dollar bills when one of the suspects pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.

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