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7:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tuition Program Faces Uncertainty After Lawmakers Don't Act

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Legislature's failure to bolster the state's Legislative Lottery Scholarship program's financial underpinnings has students and higher education institutions bracing for cutbacks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the lack of action during the legislative session that ended Saturday spells trouble for the in-state tuition assistance for university and college students.

The lottery scholarship fund is currently about $40 million. According to legislators and lottery officials, annual demand tops $60 million.

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7:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Hobbs Sees Growth, But Exodus From New Mexico Continues

Credit census.gov

A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the Hobbs area saw a population increase of more than 2 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels of oil produced each day more than double over the last several years. The boom has led to housing shortages and more traffic throughout southeastern New Mexico.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission's Plan For New GRT Revenue

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a GRT tax of 3/8ths of 1 percent, which is expected to bring in close to 12 million dollars in revenue.

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a resolution that outlines how the GRT revenue will be spent. Commissioner Billy Garret says it was important for residents to know how the money was being spent.

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Regional
5:05 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Suspect In Stolen Bank Card Case Charged And Jailed

  The man suspected of using personal information from a stolen wallet and pilfering nearly $6,000 from the victim’s bank account has been identified and located.

Cody L. Payton, 20, has been charged with 18 counts of unauthorized use or theft of a bank card, two counts of forgery and one count of identity theft. Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Payton is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in the Otero County Detention Center in Alamogordo.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Las Cruces Receives Top Rating For Fire Services, A Possible Benefit For Insurance Rates

  Las Cruces has obtained a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), making it the first in New Mexico and one of only 97 communities nationwide, to achieve the top ranking. The rating is based on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being the highest. The rating could result in lower insurance premiums for residential and commercial policy holders.

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3:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Bill Supporting Dual-Language Texas Education Programs Passes Committee

  AUSTIN - Senator José Rodríguez's SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed a key hurdle after being voted out of committee this week. 

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Regional
3:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Heinrich Applauds VA Decision To Revise "40 Mile Rule" For Healthcare Choice Program

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to revise the 40-mile eligibility rule for the Veterans Choice Program by measuring the driving distance between a veteran's home and the nearest VA medical center, instead of the current "as the crow flies" definition.

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Regional
12:57 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

County To Participate In Food System Initiative

  After a competitive process, Doña Ana County has been selected as one of eight communities from across the country to receive training and assistance to connect family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food.

The Growing Food Connections program will be facilitated locally by the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department in partnership with La Semilla. The partnership will focus on plans, policies and partnerships to strengthen ocal food systems.

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11:47 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Transcript: Remarks By The President On The Fifth Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

MARKING THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

 

South Court Auditorium

10:42 A.M. EDT

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Regional
11:26 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Not In The Lesson Plan: Dallas Teacher Shows Students Nude Photo Of Herself By Mistake

J.L. Long Middle School

A Dallas middle school teacher could be disciplined after showing a nude photo of herself to students in class.

The Dallas Independent School District on Tuesday sent a letter to parents of students at J.L. Long Middle School.

Principal Danielle Peters says an "inappropriate" photo was inadvertently shown Monday to students by a teacher. The letter says it's an embarrassing situation for the teacher and students. Peters says the matter is being handled administratively.

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Regional
11:25 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Experts: New Mexico Could Lose 2,000 Drilling Jobs

State energy officials say the downturn in the oil and gas industry could cost New Mexico around 2,000 jobs.

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary David Martin spoke Tuesday at an energy conference in Farmington. He says the number of drill rigs operating in the state has dropped from 85 to 60 over the past year.

Martin says the state hasn't seen a decrease in production but activity is expected to level off and lead to fewer jobs and revenue in the coming months.

Industry leaders say they're finding ways to make operations more efficient.

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Regional
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Deaths Of Three Children Draw Foster Care Scrutiny From Abbott

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is putting more scrutiny on the troubled Texas foster care system following the deaths of three children this year who were under state supervision.

Abbott on Wednesday ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services to enforce face-to-face visits between caseworkers and children and develop new screening methods for foster placement.

A 2-month-old in Dallas whose family was on the radar of state caseworkers was drowned in January. A teenager has been arrested in the child's death.

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Regional
10:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

SWAT Standoff Ends With Arrest In Las Cruces

  The subject of Tuesday’s hours-long SWAT standoff on Richard Drive has been charged with multiple felonies related to an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Santana D. Jaramillo, 23, is charged with two counts of battery against a household member and one count each of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Jaramillo also had an outstanding warrant issued out of Magistrate Court.

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Regional
8:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Planned City Near Albuquerque Draws Opposition Over Water

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-NM

A planned city west of Albuquerque is drawing opposition over concerns about water.

Bernalillo County officials are scheduled to hold a two-day hearing beginning Wednesday to decide the fate of the 14,000-acre development.

The new city dubbed Santolina would be located along Interstate 40 and would have its own business parks and town centers.

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Regional
8:07 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Groups Threaten To Sue Over Wolf Protections

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the federal government over protections for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue Tuesday.

It would mark just the latest legal challenge over changes to the wolf reintroduction program that were announced in January. Under the changes, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released at more sites.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

NMSU History Professor Sharing Experience At NM History Museum With Students

While serving as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum in 2014, Jon Hunner guided students from the Dona Ana Community College Architectural Summer School on a tour of the Palace of the Governors and its courtyard on their field trip to northern New Mexico. (Courtesy Photo)

  Longtime New Mexico historian and expert on the Atomic West Jon Hunner is a modern-day time traveler, sharing the past to help college students build their futures. For the better part of the past year he took on another duty in service to the state, as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors Historic Landmark in Santa Fe.

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Local Viewpoints
5:56 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Recapping The New Mexico Legislative Session

  During the past two months, New Mexicans from every corner of the state sent 6,258 emails through Think New Mexico's website, and legislators listened. As a result, when the 2015 legislative session wrapped up on Saturday, Think New Mexico had successfully achieved 4 of the 5 goals we worked toward during the session:
Health Care Transparency Passed

As we reported to you on Friday, the bill to create a public website with health care cost and quality information has reached the Governor's desk and we are optimistic that she will sign it. 

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5:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge IRS To Make Paper Tax Forms Available To Rural New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particuarly for rural and elderly New Mexicans. The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts.

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5:34 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

LULAC Recognizes CAFé Executive Director Sarah Nolan

Sarah Nolan on KRWG-TV's Newsmakers. Nolan will appear on Newsmakers April 2 at 7pm.

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. –  New Mexico LULAC will host the 2015 National LULAC Women’s Conference, Leadership, Opportunity, Education, & Family: Celebrating the Latina Spirit, in Santa Ana Pueblo this week from March 26-29th.  This year’s conference focuses on strengthening Latino families by empowering Hispanic women for success.  CAFé Executive Director Sarah Nolan will be recognized as a Latina Leader in New Mexico.

 

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Regional
5:20 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Transporting Undocumented Into New Mexico

  ALBUQUERQUE – Victor Corral, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for transporting undocumented immigrants into Doña Ana County, N.M.

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Local Viewpoints
4:54 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Hansen: Let's Get The Real Story About The PARCC Test In New Mexico

  I was both reassured and somewhat disturbed to read Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera’s recent guest column on the PARCC test.  On one hand, she soothingly explained what a boon this multi-million dollar corporately-produced assessment will be for our schools.  On the other hand, so much of what she said was just plain wrong.

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Regional
2:54 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Officers 'On Watch' For Texas Lawmaker Who Recieved Threats

Law enforcement is being extra-vigilant with a Texas Republican legislator who has received threats over a bill that would limit independent bloggers filming police.

Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba's spokeswoman Jordan Hunter said Villalba hasn't been assigned a security detail at the Texas Capitol.

But she said that state troopers are "on watch" and Dallas police are "regularly checking on him and his family."

Hunter said threats received via phone and Facebook contained "alarming language."

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11:12 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Bipartisan Bill Would Provide Funding For Hispanic-Serving Colleges And Universities

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

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11:09 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bills To Increase Funding For New Mexico Labs

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced S.830, the LDRD Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to increase the maximum percentage each laboratory director may set aside for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) from 6 to 10 percent of the lab's budget. The U.S. Department of Energy's discretionary LDRD program advances the frontiers of science and engineering, invests in critical national security missions, and helps recruit and retain staff for national laboratories. 

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Regional
8:51 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Billions Unspent In Texas House Budget, Setting Up Funding Battle

Billions of available dollars remain unspent under a House budget that sets up battles over tax cuts and extra money for roads and classrooms in the final two months of the Legislature.

More than $8 billion is left on the table in the two-year spending plan that advanced Tuesday to the House floor. Pressure to use that money on overcrowded Texas highways and prekindergarten expansion is likely ahead.

Texas is flush with cash after years of booming oil production but a slowdown has some urging caution.

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Regional
8:48 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Mexico Nabs Suspected Zetas Cartel Figure Near Texas Border

Mexican authorities say they have detained a suspected drug cartel figure who was on their list of the country's 122 priority targets for arrest.

The Mexican navy says 34-year-old Ramiro Perez Moreno was arrested early Monday along with four other suspects in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The navy said in a statement that Perez Moreno was apparently in line to take over the Zetas drug gang following the March 4 arrest of suspected capo Omar Trevino Morales.

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Regional
8:43 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Man Convicted Of Killing Daughter Faces 63 Years In Prison

  

An Albuquerque man convicted of killing and sexually assaulting his 1-month-old daughter faces 63 years in prison.

KRQE-TV reports that Juan Galindo cried and apologized in state District Court during his sentencing Monday.

A jury in January convicted Galindo of child abuse resulting in death and child rape.

Galindo had said the 28-day-old baby choked on a bottle and died, and his trial defense was that he was actually trying to save her and any beating marks were related to CPR.

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Regional
8:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Delegates From Mongolia Visit NMSU

Recently five delegates from a University in Mongolia visited New Mexico State University.

The delegates from Mongolia National University of Education visited New Mexico State University to discuss ways to find more collaboration and future educational opportunities.

Dr. Candace Kaye, from NMSU’s College of Education worked as a liaison for the trip. Dr. Kaye talks about this unique visit.

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Regional
7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Update: Albuquerque Police Say 1 Killed, 6 Others Hurt In Skate Park Shooting

Police say they're still trying to identify any suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque skate park that left a teenager dead and six others injured.

They say Sunday night's shooting at Los Altos Park appears to be gang related and involved more than one shooter.

Albuquerque police identified the person killed as 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis.

They say one person remains hospitalized in critical condition and five others have non-life threatening injuries.

Police say two vehicles were towed from the scene as investigators arranged to get search warrants.

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Regional
6:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Agriculture Expert Warns Of Invasive Pest Near New Mexico

Sugarcane Aphid. (Image courtesy of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University)

Jane Pierce, agronomic entomologist at New Mexico State University, is warning growers of the possibility of finding sugarcane aphid moving into New Mexico.

“Sugarcane aphid is a new aphid pest of sorghum. This aphid either expanded its diet from eating sugarcane to sorghum or came in as a new biotype,” Pierce said. 

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