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1:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Reverses Las Cruces Man's Child Abuse Conviction

  The state Supreme Court has reversed the child abuse conviction of a Las Cruces man for allegedly causing severe brain injuries to his 2-month-old nephew in 2005.

The court on Thursday ordered the child abuse charge against Daniel Consaul dismissed with prejudice so it can't be refiled. Consaul was sentenced in 2009 to 18 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted when Gov. Susana Martinez was district attorney in Las Cruces.

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11:24 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico City Will Appeal Ban On Ten Commandments Monument

  The Bloomfield City Council has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that the northwestern New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of City Hall.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker ruled Aug. 7 that the monument has the "principal effect of endorsing religion" in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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11:22 am
Thu August 21, 2014

McRaven Confirmed As UT System Chancellor

  Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

McRaven on Thursday made his first public appearance in Austin since the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command was first rumored as a candidate. He wore a suit — and not in his Naval uniform — while briefly addressing regents after they confirmed his appointment.

McRaven starts in January. Terms of his contract have not yet been released.

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Regional
11:20 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Clovis May Pay Farmers Not To Use Water

  An eastern New Mexico city still struggling with drought is considering a plan to pay farmers with federal grant money to stop watering their crops.  Under a proposed conservation program aimed at changing the way Clovis area farmers use their water supply, farmers would be paid about $400 an acre to make the switch.

The change would mean farmers would have to rely on rain to water their land and some may have to change crops to those requiring less water.

Despite recent rainfall, much of New Mexico remains under moderate to severe drought.

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Local Viewpoints
11:09 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Public Citizen: Bank Of America Settlement Does Not Go Far Enough

  Note: Bank of America has agreed to pay a $9 billion fine as part of a $16.6 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the fraudulent sale of mortgages. Below are comments from Public Citizen experts.

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10:11 am
Thu August 21, 2014

DEA Publishes Final Rule On Hydrocodone Combination Products

  On Friday the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S.

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Regional
9:05 am
Thu August 21, 2014

U.S. 70 East Closed In Las Cruces Tonight

Las Cruces- The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting and placement of the large digital message board.

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9:02 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Campaign Funds To Cover Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Future Legal Costs

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

 

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars.

Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward.

But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign coffers. She says she didn't know if there were plans to reimburse the state for Perry's past legal expenses.

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8:44 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent Wednesday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Regional
8:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Gov. Martinez Urges Suicide Prevention At Taos Bridge

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos.

One of the first things the department plans to do is install 10 telephones at or on the bridge that will be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. After a bidding process, installation could begin as soon as October.

The governor says the phones will be a step in the right direction.

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Regional
8:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Possible Weapon In Border Agent's Slaying Found

A South Texas sheriff says a gun's been found that may be the weapon used to kill an off-duty Border Patrol agent shot while fishing with his family earlier this month.

Two men from Mexico are held without bond and face capital murder and other charges after 36-year-old Agent Javier Vega Jr., of Kingsville, was fatally shot and his father wounded during an attempted robbery.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

White Sands National Monument To Host American Indian Craft Event

ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO – American Indian artists from New Mexico and Texas will be at White Sands National Monument next week. They will gather in the visitor center courtyard for artist’s demonstrations and craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th. Guest artists will demonstrate how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork and crafts.  Invited artists include Raul Davis from the mountains of the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Raul brings unique ledger art to life on one of a kind documents dating as far back as the 1800s.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Works To Examine And Improve Student Writing

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

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2:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wage Theft Victims Protest New Mexico Department Of Workforce Solutions

  SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were were not allowed to file administrative wage claims. The action, organized by members of  the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted by policies enacted by DWS's Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to recuperate stolen wages.  

 

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Regional
12:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Confirms First West Nile Case Of 2014

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year.

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12:26 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

UNM Soccer Players Quit Amid Hazing Probe

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  Two sisters scheduled to play for the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.

University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.

School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.

Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.

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12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Woman Gets 21 Years In Murder

  A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.

A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.

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12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

  The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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11:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Report Shows Budget Impact Of Rising Forest Fire Costs

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rap

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10:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Students Earn First, Second Place In National Animal Science Competition

Kendall Samuelson, right, and Kelsey Quinn, left, earned first and second place, respectively, at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition this June. (Courtesy Photo)

  Two students from New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department dominated the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science competition at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Kelsey Quinn and Kendall Samuelson, both graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Animal and Range Sciences, participated under the mentorship of faculty, presenting their research in the competition, which was held in June.

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8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hobbs Commissioners OK Voter ID Special Election

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

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8:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure

Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.

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Regional
7:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

N.M. Lottery Revenue For Scholarships Drops To Under $41 Million

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.

However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.

Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.

The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Student-Run Store Opens Today At NMSU Las Cruces

Whitney Biel, college instructor for the ACES in the Hole Foods course in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, prepares blue cornbread mix for packaging and sale at Gerald Thomas Hall. The mix is one of the products available at the new Crimson Creations by ACES store on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. (Photo by Amanda Bradford)

  What was once a small gelato operation tucked away on the third floor of New Mexico State University’s Gerald Thomas Hall has grown into a spacious store on the ground floor, stocked with shelves of products made by students on campus.

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Regional
9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A New Milestone: More Than 500,000 Fans Enjoy El Paso Baseball

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  EL PASO, Texas – With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas reached a new milestone Tuesday, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.

The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.

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9:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Senate Majority Whip Requests New Mexico Education Audit Results

Credit Senator Timothy Keller (D)

  Albuquerque, NM – Last week, Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Sen. Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Arrest Leads To Charges In Other Incident

  A Saturday morning call that led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into an apartment and physically assaulting a couple also resulted in the arrest of a woman on forgery charges.

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Regional
3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Honduran Foreign Minister Visits Border

The foreign minister of Honduras says in a visit to the Texas-Mexico border that her country is working to dissuade its citizens from embarking on the dangerous journey to the United States.

But Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales said in McAllen on Tuesday that she also hopes the U.S. will provide a comprehensive aid package that goes beyond security assistance.

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3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez: Immigrants Given "Due Process"

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says immigrants at a temporary detention center in the state have been given full due process.

Martinez said Tuesday at an event in Bernalillo that immigrant women and children held at an Artesia center have been allowed a fair chance to argue their case in court.

But the Republican blasted the federal government for failing to tackle immigration reform and said people are confused over immigration laws.

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2:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

USDA Helps With Charter School Expansion Near Taos

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico yesterday to participate in the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction to build new classrooms at the Anansi Charter School.  

During the event, Brunner said, "USDA has invested in Anansi Charter School in the past and we are pleased to come back again to support their expansion.''  He added, "This community understands that investing in education is an investment in our children's future. he growth of this school symbolizes that this community is vibrant and growing.''

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