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6:28 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas GOP Closing In On Another Election Day Sweep

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

The biggest shakeup of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away.

As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next governor, George P. Bush is poised to win his political debut and Democrats remain longshots to break a 20-year losing streak in statewide races.

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Regional
6:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Teen Stabbed To Death During Las Cruces-Area House Party

            

              Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fight between several people at a house party north of Las Cruces that ended in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy.

            According to statements given to investigators, an 18-year-old man posted a message on Facebook last week that he was hosting a party at his house in the 5200 block of Bravo Road on Saturday while his mother was out of town.

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Regional
5:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

New Mexico Tribe Can't Get Gambling Compact

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  A federal judge has ruled against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.

U. S. District Judge James Parker on Friday invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it's failed to negotiate a compact with the state.

Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera says the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.

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Regional
5:18 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Texas Using Immigration Screening While Others Pull Back

While more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are pulling back from a screening program for immigrants as criticism mounts that it may be unconstitutional, the program continues to be used in all Texas counties.

The Houston Chronicle reports that under the program, jailers submit the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail to the Homeland Security Department to run through an immigration database. Upon a match, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can file "detainer requests" with local law enforcement agencies.

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Regional
5:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Sick Woman At Dallas Train Station Prompts Scare

A woman fell ill at a Dallas train station and prompted a brief scare as Ebola fears are running high. But officials say she didn't appear to have any contact with Ebola patients and is not on disease watch lists.

She is being treated by Dallas Fire Rescue at White Rock Station. Authorities are inspecting the train and platform and will clean the facility.

Judge Clay Jenkins says the woman indicated that she lives the apartment complex where Duncan resided, but apparently had no contact with him.

Regional
5:12 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Death Investigation At Albuquerque Zoo

  Authorities are investigating the death of one of four Tasmanian devils loaned to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo by an Australian group.

The animal, named Jasper, was provided to the facility last year by the Healesville Sanctuary in Australia as part of an effort to start a breeding program for the endangered species.

The devils' population on the island of Tasmania south of the Australian mainland has been decimated by a form of cancer.

Jasper was discovered dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday.

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PUENTES
9:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Comezón: an itch; a longing; or a small town in NM

Denise Chavez at the KRWG FM studios. 2014

October 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local performance writer, playwright, teacher and cultural activist, Denise Chavez. She is also the director of the longest-running book festival in New Mexico, the Border Book Festival. Her Hispanic heritage has roots in Far West Texas with her Mother, Delfina Rede-Faver-Chavez, and in Las Cruces with her Father, Epifanio E. Chavez.

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Regional
4:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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Regional
3:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Inmate Attacked While Officers Slept

  A New Mexico inmate says he was attacked by 10 other prisoners while two on-duty state Corrections Department officers slept.   34-year-old Beau Musacco filed a lawsuit this week stemming the alleged attack in May 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Musacco was suffered a collapsed lung during the assault but didn't receive medical care after repeated requests.

Musacco is serving two life terms for gunning down two Albuquerque women on New Year's Day in 2007.

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Regional
7:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In Revenue

 The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office is working with the private sector, Native American tribes and federal agencies to boost the economic return of trust land through leases, renewable energy development and other projects.

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Regional
7:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

42 Arrested In Undercover New Mexico Drug String

Authorities say more than 40 people in southern New Mexico have been arrested in connection with an eight-month undercover drug sting.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News that 42 people were taken into custody on various drug-related offenses this week from a multi-agency operation.

House says most were arrested for trafficking or distribution of drugs ranging from marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. He says others were arrested for conspiracy to traffic or distribute drugs.

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Regional
7:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Student Enrollment Jumps In New Mexico Oil Region

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 School districts in the heart of New Mexico's oil boom region are reporting record student enrollment.

Lovington Municipal School District said it had a student enrollment of nearly 3,800 students on its 40th day — the highest spike in enrollment in the district's history.

And Hobbs Superintendent T.J. Parks says the total enrollment in his district was nearly 10,000 students on Sept. 16. That's 500 more students accounted for than on the same day last year.

The jump comes as Lea County continues to see an economic boom for oil and gas.

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Regional
7:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

UPDATE: Las Cruces Crash Proves Fatal

The 18-year-old woman killed in Thursday afternoon’s two-vehicle crash on University Avenue has been identified as Jo Anna Aurora Rincon of Las Cruces.

Rincon was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger of a white Dodge pickup driven by 18-year-old Benjamin Buntain. Other passengers of the pickup were Ryan Feeback, 23, Alexis Holden, 18, and 20-year-old Nicholas Owings.

Feeback, Buntain, Holden and Owings were all transported to UMC following the crash and remain there Friday morning. Feeback is listed in critical condition at UMC.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation District 5 Commissioner Ben Hall

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Dist. 5 Challenger Sandy Jones

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PUENTES
5:59 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NMSU Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.N.

Dr. Ruben Zamora at KRWG FM studios.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Ruben Zamora. In August he was appointed to the United Nations after serving as the Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States since April 2013. Ironically, 30 years earlier, he was prohibited from even entering the country. Prior to studying law at the University of El Salvador, he was in the seminary for a while; and later received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Essex in England.

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Intermezzo
5:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

On the balance beam: A conversation with violinist Lindsay Deutsch

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Concert soloist Lindsay Deutsch likens playing the violin to being a gymnast on a balance beam who is asked to “cry, or also get very angry, or be very joyful,” without falling off. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Deutsch talks about the challenge of keeping the music fresh and new, despite hundreds of hours of practice time, and her particular interest in awakening a love of classical music in young people-- through concerts and a special web page for kids. She was in Las Cruces to perform with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein.

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Regional
4:33 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Three More Babies Test Positive For TB In El Paso

Three more babies have tested positive for tuberculosis after a nurse's assistant infected with the illness possibly exposed about 860 babies at an El Paso hospital's nursery.

El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said Thursday that of the total of 11 cases at Providence Memorial Hospital, seven are possible false positives because they had been vaccinated against TB previously. Parents of 95 percent of those possibly exposed have been contacted.

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Regional
4:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Tularemia And Plague Still Active In Parts Of New Mexico

  Bernalillo County and Albuquerque health officials are advising people living in the East Mountains area that plague and tularemia continue to remain active.

They say the increased rainfall New Mexico has seen over the last two years has allowed for more vegetation growth and increased rodent populations.

Health officials say a larger number of rodents often lead to more occurrences of both plague and tularemia.

There have been no human cases of plague so far in Bernalillo County in 2014.

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Local Viewpoints
9:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NEA-New Mexico Sponsors "Educators Vote Early" Day October 22

  Thousands of educators, school staff, parents, and community members are expected to vote throughout the state on October 22 as part of The National Education Association – New Mexico’s Educators Vote Early campaign.

NEA-New Mexico represents educators and school staff in 30 counties and 69 local school districts. NEA-New Mexico has called on local Associations to create public awareness events that gather voters together before traveling as a group to early voting locations.

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Regional
9:38 am
Thu October 16, 2014

OSHA Cites Texas Dollar Tree Stores For Putting Employees At Risk

  National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards at its store in Watauga. Across the nation, Dollar Tree Stores have been cited for more than 200 safety and health violations since 2009. Proposed penalties for the latest inspection total $262,500.

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Local Viewpoints
9:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: New Mexico Per-Pupil K-12 Spending Still Lower Than Before Recession

  ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession. That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Regional
9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Hatch Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Beer To Teens Involved In Fatal Crash

           

       A Hatch man was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with illegally selling beer to three teens who were involved in a fatal crash that killed two people.

            According to a criminal complaint, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have charged Alfredo Alaniz, 65, with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, selling or giving alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All charges are fourth-degree felonies.

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Regional
7:28 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings Act

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  The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit Wednesday in state district court in Santa Fe. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

Commission spokeswoman Lela Hunt declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Regional
7:27 am
Thu October 16, 2014

New Mexico Gets OK For Gallup Veterans Cemetery

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  Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has given the green light to establish a state-owned veterans cemetery in Gallup.

State Veterans' Services Secretary Timothy Hale says the federal agency plans to award a grant to finance the cemetery. A final grant award hinges on Congress and the president reaching an agreement on a federal budget.

Hale says groundbreaking could start next spring and the goal is open the cemetery in the spring of 2016.

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Regional
7:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Virgin Galactic Nears Final Phase Of Test Flights

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  Virgin Galactic has reached another pair of milestones as it works toward the goal of beginning commercial flights from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

CEO George Whitesides says the Federal Aviation Administration this week released its approval for the permit that will enable Virgin Galactic to restart powered flights.

The company has also completed qualification firings for its rocket motor.

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Local Viewpoints
6:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Billboards Tout $10.10 Minimum Wage Law In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Billboards located off Alameda and Amador, Highway 70 East, and on Missouri near Telshor are increasing awareness about the new law raising minimum wage in Las Cruces to $10.10 by 2017.  The billboards ask members of the Las Cruces community to call the Mayor and City Council at (575) 541-2067 to thank them for the raise and also to ask them to keep the raise to $10.10.   

 

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Regional
6:50 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New Four-Year Contract For WNMU President

  Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents met on Tuesday, October 14 and approved two agenda items with unanimous votes.

The Board approved a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard. The contract extends the President’s tenure through June 30, 2018.

A long list of community leaders attended the meeting and spoke in favor of President Shepard’s performance since his appointment in 2011.

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Regional
11:11 am
Wed October 15, 2014

UPDATE: More Charges Against Teen Driver In Double Fatal

 

     Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have confirmed with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office that enhanced charges will be filed against the teenage driver who was involved in a crash that killed a 16-year-old girl and a 32-year old woman Tuesday night in Hatch.

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Online EXTRA
9:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

FACT SHEET: White House Plans To Help The Long-Term Unemployed

  In January, President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are ready to work find jobs, and to help more of the long-term unemployed get back to work.  That included unveiling a set of “best practices” being taken by leading employers – including over 80 of the nation’s largest companies – around recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed, to remove some of the barriers that make it harder for them to navigate the hiring process.

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