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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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Local Viewpoints
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
9:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawsuit: Deputies Falsely Held Rio Rancho Woman

A woman suffering from mental illness says Sandoval County Sheriff's deputies roughed her up and falsely arrested her for child abuse.

Attorneys for Kari Mantilla say in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that deputies entered her Rio Rancho home without a warrant in April 2013 and arrested for child abuse after concluding her house was a mess. The lawsuit say deputies were there to serve an order to appear for domestic violence.

Court documents say a deputy slammed Mantilla onto the pavement causing her to suffer head injuries.

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Regional
9:25 am
Fri December 19, 2014

George R.R. Martin Offers To Show "The Interview"

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"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is offering to show "The Interview" at his theater in Santa Fe.

Martin wrote on his blog this week that the Jean Cocteau Cinema would be glad to screen the film if Sony ever releases the comedy for theatrical exhibition.

Martin called the decision to shelve "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats a "stunning display of corporate cowardice."

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Martin hasn't seen the film and doesn't know whether it's good or bad.

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Regional
9:20 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Artwork Display Lights Up El Paso Highway

El Paso has illuminated its latest piece of public artwork.

More than 20 color-changing towers and sculptures were lit up Thursday evening along Interstate 10 near Airway Boulevard. The lighting marked the end of a $7 million project by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, which also includes lighting, landscaping, painting and pedestrian walkways.

The neon attraction by Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri is powered by wind turbines that generate electricity. She says the sculptures were inspired by aeronautical forms and the shape of desert plants.

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Regional
9:13 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

Republicans have won control of the state House, and Majority Leader Nate Gentry says he's open to an increase that keeps New Mexico competitive with neighboring states.

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Regional
9:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Counties Will Recieve More Federal Payments Next Year

New Mexico counties will be getting more federal dollars next year as compensation for the non-taxable lands within their borders.

President Barack Obama signed legislation this week that included the funding. It's part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program.

New Mexico counties rely on the payments to provide services, including improvements to schools, roads and public safety. Last year, all but one of the state's 33 counties shared a total of $37 million.

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Regional
9:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Doña Ana County Offering Online Crime Reporting

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office is taking part of its criminal reporting system online.

The sheriff's office says victims can now file temporary online reports for lost property, vandalism, theft or larceny, telephone harassment or motor vehicle vandalism.

The report can then be downloaded and printed. A sheriff's deputy will then follow up with the victim.

The sheriff's office says the new system is not designed to take the place of calling 911 in serious emergencies.

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Regional
8:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Location For Monthly Legal Clinic For Veterans

ALBUQUERQUE -- Enrolled Veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) with legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at a new location - the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. The Civil Justice Clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Regional
8:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Inmates In New Mexico Restore Bikes For Those In Need

Monday through Friday Dennis Petsche works on bikes. His workshop is not at a bike shop or home business, but at the Southern New Mexico State Correctional Facility where Petsche has been an inmate for over twenty years.

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Regional
8:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Las Cruces Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Eric Pyle, 26, of the 100 block of west Willoughby Avenue, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. One of the counts is for distribution of child pornography while the other is for possession of child pornography.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Looks To Hire More Female Employees

This month the U.S border patrol held a 10 recruitment drive to hire more women. Only 5% of Border Patrol Agents are women, other federal law enforcement agencies have an average of 15% of female employees.

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Regional
1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Reports Decline In Teen Births

Credit NM Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state’s birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens,

The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group.

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