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7:25 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PARCC Protest Hits New Jersey Headquarters Of Company Making Millions From The Test

New Mexico isn't the only states with protests against a new standardized test.
HOBOKEN - To Susan Everett, Pearson Education is like the Grinch who "stole education." Standing with other protestors outside Hoboken's Pearson headquarters on Wednesday, Everett held a sign with the infamous Dr. Seuss character's face on it. "Maybe education doesn't come from a standardized test" reads the sign, a reference to the controversial PARCC test Pearson helped develop.
7:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Man Sues Las Cruces Police For Alleged Abuse

KVIA-TV has the latest on a lawsuit against the Las Cruces Police Department.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A video that came out Tuesday shows Las Cruces Police Department officers throwing a handcuffed suspect up against a wall and onto the floor, breaking bones and sending him to the hospital for days.
Health
5:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Cancer Killer That Thrives On Silence

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  It’s a tough subject to think about, even tougher to talk about it. I was reminded about it last week.

People who know I write this weekly column for the New Mexico Department of Health often ask what I’m writing about next. For some it’s out of their genuine interest. For others it’s small talk in the break room as we heat up our lunches. The days leading up to my sitting down and writing about health for you this week went entirely like this:

“So, Dave, what‘ya gonna write about this time?”

“Colorectal cancer,” I’d tell them.

“Oh,” said one.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Water Outage Friday In Part Of Las Cruces

  Residents and businesses along a portion of N. Main Street will experience a water outage from 12:01 – 4 a.m. Friday, March 4.

Impacted areas include N. Main between Madrid and Fleming Avenues; East Cambridge Drive and East Gallagher Avenue from Main east to end of cul-de-sacs; Chestnut Avenue from Main east to Mesquite and Chestnut from Main west to Alameda Boulevard.

     

Adjacent areas also may be affected. Crews will post door hanger notices on affected homes and businesses a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the planned outage.

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Regional
3:12 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Las Cruces Officers Cleared In December Shooting

  The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has determined that the three Las Cruces police officers involved in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jose Salas responded professionally, and in accordance with standard rules and procedures of law enforcement.

The District Attorney’s concluded that the two shooting incidents, the first by officer Joaquin Legaretta and the second by officer Joseph Campa and Sgt. Patrick Doyle, “were justified under New Mexico law.”

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Local Viewpoints
3:10 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Senators: Repairing Roads by Using Gas Tax Creates Jobs and Keeps New Mexicans Out of Debt

Credit Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  Santa Fe, NM – The State of New Mexico is at a crossroads: do we invest in the infrastructure and roads that are in dire need across the state, or do we allow them to continue to erode?

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Local Viewpoints
3:05 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Governor Susana Martinez Pushes Legal Protection and Loan Repayment Program for Child Abuse Workers

Credit Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque — Today Governor Susana Martinez announced two key initiatives to support Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) caseworkers who investigate child abuse and work with families in crisis. Governor Martinez says she supports legislation to establish specific legal protections for caseworkers from assault and battery, and a separate proposal that establishes a loan repayment program. CYFD Cabinet Secretary-designate Monique Jacobson joined Governor Martinez for the announcement. 

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Regional
12:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Road Funding Plan

The Texas Senate has approved the first bill of the 2015 legislative session, passing a plan to funnel billions of dollars generated by vehicle sales taxes to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads.

Wednesday's vote sends a proposed constitutional amendment by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols to the House.

Lawmakers are constitutionally barred from passing bills during the first two months of a session that began Jan. 13. But Gov. Greg Abbott fast-tracked bills on transportation infrastructure by making the issue one of his "emergency items."

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Local Viewpoints
11:20 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Senators: We Must Improve New Mexico Foster Care System

Credit Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

  Among government’s critical responsibilities is protecting children from abuse and neglect. Our goal in this legislative session is to improve the foster care system for children placed in the state’s custody because their parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.

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Local Viewpoints
11:11 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NEA New Mexico Supports Morales Bill For Small Pay Adjustment Instead Of Teacher Merit Pay Plan

Credit Senator Howie Morales

Amidst hollow proclamations of moving New Mexico education forward, the New Mexico House of Representatives sent to the Senate a budget for the coming year that provides absolutely no raise for the vast majority of teachers and absolutely nothing for all the other people who help local New Mexico students be prepared for a day of learning every day. 

School bus drivers, School Secretaries, Education Assistants, Principals, Counselors, Nurses and others will receive no pay raise at all unless the Senate revises that budget, and it is now considering an amendment to do so.

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Online EXTRA
11:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Senator Linda Lopez Introduces Bill To Further Protect Domestic Abuse Victims From Perpetrators

Credit nmlegis.gov

  Santa Fe, NM – Senator Linda Lopez (D-11-Bernalillo) has introduced Senate Bill 660 (SB 660) to permanently prohibit those convicted of a domestic abuse crime from having contact with their victims as a condition of their probation or parole. Sen.

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Online EXTRA
10:59 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Mental Health Services For Military

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers (MEPS) Act, a bill to improve the way the military identifies and assesses mental health issues. The MEPS Act would institute mental health assessments for incoming recruits and ensure servicemembers separating from active duty receive screenings as well.

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Regional
8:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Bill Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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Regional
8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AP, Gov. Martinez Settle Open Records Case

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed that monthly reports detailing the spending of security officers relates to public business and falls under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

That is according to a settlement between Martinez and The Associated Press. The parties filed papers on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the AP.

The news organization sued the governor in 2013 for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cellphone calls and the expenses of her security detail.

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Regional
8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill To Eradicate Bullying

The New Mexico Senate has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.

The bill approved unanimously Tuesday calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools, colleges and communities.

The Carlos Vigil Memorial Act would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that "warrants a state response."

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Regional
8:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Chope's Town Cafe And Bar Gets State Designation

Credit https://www.facebook.com/chopesbar

Today, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in the rural community of La Mesa may be a off the beaten path, but for much of the twentieth century this locally-owned cafe and bar was considered by many as the social spot of Southern Doña Ana County.

The social and historical significance of this local business helped turn a New Mexico State University student project into a year-long effort Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar on the National Register of Historic Places. Chope's recently was recognized by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Researcher's Patented Tech Could Cut CO2 Emissions

New Mexico State University chemical engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni holds up a vial of metal-organic frameworks he developed in his laboratory on campus. Khazeni worked with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain a provisional patent for the technology, which captures atmospheric carbon dioxide. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center is working to protect and commercialize the technology, which was developed by chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Students Compete In Campus Conservation Nationals

  

  Students at New Mexico State University are trying to reduce energy and water use as part of a national competition.  Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest electricity and water reduction competition…with more than 175 schools competing this year.  Organizers include the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

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Local Viewpoints
9:45 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Senate Committee Approves Gila River Bill

Credit NMFO

  Santa Fe, NM – After lengthy debate, the Senate Conservation Committee voted to pass the committee substitute for SB455 and SB542 out of the Conservation Committee. The bills will go to the Senate Judiciary Committee next.  The committee substitute combined the two transparency bills originally introduced by Sen. Sander Rue and Sen. Joseph Cervantes to require the Interstate Stream Commission to disclose basic facts about the proposed Gila River diversion and establish requirements for a transparent public process.

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Regional
5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Doña Ana County Manager Recommends GRT Tax Increase

The Doña Ana County Commission received their latest budget projections for 2016, and currently there is a budget shortfall. Suggestions for more items in need of funding in the county could impact their decision on whether or not to increase the Hold Harmless GRT Tax.

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Regional
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced For New Mexico Meth Conviction

  ALBQUERQUE – Alejandro Carrillo, 38, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Regional
3:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Venice Is Calling! NMSU Professor Receives NEH Fellowship

NMSU history professor Elizabeth Horodowich will travel to Venice this summer to complete her book. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A New Mexico State University professor has received a prestigious grant to spend her sabbatical completing her manuscript “Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Elizabeth Horodowich, a history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $50,000 fellowship to work on her book. While on sabbatical, she will finish the research she has been doing in Venice, Florence, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. 

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Regional
2:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Student Art Show Announced, Reception On Friday

  More than 100 pieces of new, original student artwork from the Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

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Regional
2:40 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Texas GOP Wades Into Education Battle

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Top Republicans clamoring for "school choice" voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor presented a package of bills Tuesday. They include a plan to issue A-F grades for individual public schools, plus expanded online learning.

Some proposals link teacher evaluations to pay raises and allow parents to petition to close failing public schools after just two years, instead of the current five.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Couple Gets Engaged, Then Stranded Atop Sandia Peak

An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds.

Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan of Corrales took the tram up the mountaintop early Sunday evening.

After taking happy engagement photos, the couple were told that they had to wait for the 40-mph wind to die down before they could return.

Jay Blackwood, the assistant manager of the Sandia Peak Tram, says around 140 people were stranded for about four hours.

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Regional
2:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Reform Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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Regional
2:36 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Deming Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Meth Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Matthew Peña, 29, of Deming, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to ten years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Online EXTRA
2:32 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Senator José Rodríguez Files Bills To Support Downtown Development In El Paso

Credit Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez and Representatives Joe Pickett, Marisa Márquez, and Cesar Blanco have filed three pieces of legislation designed to encourage development in Downtown El Paso. 

The package of bills, SB 583/HB 1754, SB 597/HB 1742, and SB 598/HB 1991, would allow the City to add municipally-owned land to economic incentive packages, entitle the City to a 10-year rebate of taxes collected on certain hotel projects, and make clear that private land can be included in public-private partnerships proposals received by the city, respectively. 

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Online EXTRA
2:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Rio Grande Foundation Releases Upgraded “Freedom Index” Legislative Tracking Tool for 2015 Session

Credit Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  (Albuquerque) As the New Mexico Legislature moves into its final weeks and several important floor votes have been taken, the Rio Grande Foundation is launching an updated and easier-to-use “Freedom Index” legislative tracking tool. The goal of this tool is to review legislation impacting freedom in our state.

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Local Viewpoints
11:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Heinrich Reaction To Netanyahu: U.S. Cannot Abandon Negotiations With Iran

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress today:

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