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9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

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

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  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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Local Viewpoints
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
2:11 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Albuquerque Residents To Vote On Marijuana Penalty Reform

  A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

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Regional
2:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ICE Resumes Deportations From New Mexico

   Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since then, officials say 71 immigrant adults and children from the center have been deported.

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Regional
2:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Texas Regents Expected To Keep Tuition Flat

  The University of Texas System's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a plan to avoid tuition increases for in-state students.

The plan would keep tuition flat at the Austin flagship campus and eight others. The campuses had negotiated in-state tuition increases with system officials, but regents voted against them after Gov. Rick Perry called for a tuition freeze.

The increase would have been 2.1 percent, or $104 a semester, at UT-Austin.

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Regional
2:07 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Daughter In Death Of Elderly Mother

   Charges have been dropped for a 68-year-old New Mexico woman accused of killing her 89-year-old mother.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that charges against Roy resident Donna Ray were tossed in the death of Geraldine Ray after DNA evidence was reviewed.

Donna Ray's attorneys said the Office of Medical Investigator changed the classification of Geraldine Ray's death from homicide to "undetermined."

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Regional
1:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Open Government Group Demands Public Records Regarding Albuquerque Schools Chief Investigation

Credit Former Supt. Winston Brooks, Albuquerque Public Schools

  The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS.

 

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Regional
1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Victims' Assistance Unit Seeks Volunteers

Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit is accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Crisis Intervention Response Team works with police officers and detectives in offering assistance to victims of crimes. Volunteering for CIRT is a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement or as a victim’s advocate, or college students who want experience in law enforcement or social work.

CIRT volunteers must:

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Regional
1:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Thursday Night In Las Cruces

  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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Regional
8:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Agency Hosts Conference For Veterans On PTSD

Credit http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits_services.html

A state agency and other groups are hosting a free conference in Albuquerque to help veterans and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Department of Veterans' Services said the event is Sept. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Part of the conference will focus on services and programs available for veterans with PTSD.

A clinical psychologist will discuss therapies used by the federal Veterans Affairs health care system.

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Regional
8:14 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Advocates Eye Border Protest In New Mexico, Texas

Immigrant advocates say they are planning a 100-mile walk along the border in New Mexico and Texas to protest the use of military-style patrols.

The Border Network for Human Rights said they will unveil plans for the two-state walk at a press conference in El Paso.

Organizers say the walk is aimed at protesting the use of the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for President Obama to act on immigration reforms.

Advocates say the walk will include activists and faith leaders from Texas and New Mexico.

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Regional
8:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Mexico Chile To Get Added Protection

Credit facebook.com/NMChileAssociation

New Mexico is looking to a new certification program to protect the reputation of one of its signature crops: chile.

Gov. Susana Martinez and officials with the New Mexico Chile Association will be visiting The Range in Bernalillo on Tuesday to announce the program. The range is the first restaurant to sign up.

New Mexico Certified Chile will join other well-known trademarked products such as Vidalia Onions and Idaho Potatoes.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

PTSD Patients Stressed About Proposed Changes To NM Medical Marijuana Program

Vietnam veteran Karl Maydwell says medicinal marijuana is the only medicine that can calm his post traumatic stress disorder without damaging his immune system or complicating his other health conditions.
Credit Simon Thompson

Carlsbad resident and veteran Karl Maydwell’s military career ended just 8 months after he signed up to serve his country in Vietnam.

“We walked into an ambush and when we walked into the ambush there is not many of my company that made it out of there I am one of many that got wounded” he says.

It took 36 surgical operations to replace and reconnect the 17 feet of Maydwell’s intestines that were shredded by enemy machine gunfire.

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Regional
5:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Monday Business Watch

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.

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Regional
3:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Poll: Udall Has Huge Lead In Senate Race

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   Results of a recent survey on New Mexico's U.S. Senate race indicate that Democratic incumbent Tom Udall leads Republican challenger Allen Weh (way) among likely voters.

According to the survey conducted for the Albuquerque Journal, 53 percent of likely voters statewide favored Udall while 35 percent backed Weh, with the remainder undecided.

The Journal reports that its poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and is based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 12-14 with 606 likely voters.

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Regional
3:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Militias Complicate Situation On Mexico Border

   Authorities are concerned about the presence of private armed militias patrolling the border in search of people sneaking into the U.S. from Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol circulated an "issue paper" warning agents after a recent incident in Mission, Texas, in which armed men in fatigues showed up while agents were rounding up immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Yanks Perry's Video Endorsement

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign is seeking to distance itself from Rick Perry's legal troubles.

Campaign manager Mike Barley said Monday that the campaign removed a video endorsement by the Texas governor of Corbett from its website shortly after a grand jury indicted Perry on Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.

Barley says the Corbett campaign pulled the video because it did not want the indictment to distract from the campaign.

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Regional
2:58 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Biden Welcomes Castro Amid 2016 VP Chatter

Julian Castro speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
Credit youtube.com (dnc)

   Vice President Joe Biden is giving a hearty welcome to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him.

Biden on Monday presided over a ceremonial swearing-in for new Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. He's the former San Antonio mayor whose political profile received a major boost in 2012 when President Barack Obama chose him to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

Castro's name has caught fire as a potential vice presidential nominee in 2016. Biden hasn't ruled out running for president that year.

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Regional
2:54 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Shots Fired At Albuquerque Post Office

  Authorities say a postal employee is in custody after a shot was fired within the vehicle maintenance facility at Albuquerque's main post office. Nobody was injured.

Postal Inspection Service spokesman Ed Trejo (TRAY'-hoe) says the employee is a mechanic and that the one shot was fired shortly before 6 a.m. as the mechanic and other employees reported for work Monday morning.

The employee's identity hasn't been released, and Trejo says additional information on the incident is not immediately available.

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Regional
2:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Opponents Schedule Protest Concert

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.

Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.

Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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Regional
1:12 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding For Student Launch Program

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NASA has awarded the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium $500,000 to support the Community College Technical Schools (CCTS) Student Launch Program and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in New Mexico. The Student Launch Program, which began in 2009, enables students to create and design experiments and launch them into space from Spaceport America near Las Cruces.

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Online EXTRA
10:02 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Cost To Raise A Child: Almost A Quarter Million

 

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Local Viewpoints
9:31 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe-  Today the city of Santa Fe's City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city's citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties. 

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Regional
8:09 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Traffic Deaths Up 20 Percent In New Mexico

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year.

According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That's up from 170 fatalities during the first seven months of last year, but down from 224 in 2012.

The department said law enforcement agencies have launched a Labor Day holiday weekend crackdown that will target drunken drivers.

State, local and tribal police plan checkpoints and saturation patrols through Sept. 1.

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Regional
8:08 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps

http://www.archdiocesesantafe.org/ABSheehan/ABSheehan.html

Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.

Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.

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Regional
8:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Bill Would Bar Council Delegates From Holding County Posts

The Navajo Nation Council is considering whether council delegates may also concurrently serve in county offices.

The Daily Times reports that a pending bill would require that delegates forfeit their tribal offices if they continue serving as a county official.

A proposed amendment would require that a delegate's office be declared vacant if a delegate is elected to a county office and doesn't promptly resign from the council.

Delegate Leonard Tsosie is sponsoring the bill. He says delegates holding county offices can't speak strongly for the Navajo Nation.

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