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5:21 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Traditional African Communities Say Female Genital Mutilation Is an Essential Cultural Passage

Grandmother and tribe member Nditi says nobody will marry a Maasai women who hasn't undergo 'emurata' or genital mutilation.
Credit Andrew Thompson

 

Earlier this year the Obama Administration called for the eradication of female genital mutilation and announced a major study measuring its prevalence in the US.
The traditional practice of female circumcision is carried out in 29 African countries, as well as among African immigrant communities in America. However, while western leaders condemn the practice, traditional African communities say the custom plays an integral role in the continuation of their culture. 

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Local Viewpoints
2:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

CAFé Blasts Small's Proposed Changes To Las Cruces Minimum Wage Law

  Las Cruces, NM - Councilor Nathan Small shared with us his plans to completely alter the core and spirit of our ordinance. It’s a move we believe panders to outside monied interests. We’re deeply disappointed in a city councilor we thought was an ally.

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Local Viewpoints
1:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Progressive Caucus: Potential Extension Of Tax Cuts Leaves Out Middle Class

  WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), released the following statement in response to a reported agreement in Congress on extending certain tax breaks.

The provisions that are included in the deal, such as permanent extension of tax breaks for corporate research and continued fossil fuel subsidies, will add nearly $450 billion to our budget deficit while providing little relief to the middle class and phasing out renewable energy credits.

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Regional
6:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Outgoing NM House Majority Whip Shares Thoughts On Upcoming Session

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SPONCODE=HMAES

Democrats will be the Minority Party for the first time in decades when the New Mexico House of Representatives begins the 2015 Legislative Session.

Current New Mexico House Majority Whip, and Democratic State Representative, Antonio “Moe” Maestas says he expects some changes when Republicans take control of The New Mexico House of Representatives for the 52nd Legislative session.

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Regional
11:58 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Regulators Approve PNM Solar Plan

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  PNM's plan to build four more solar-powered generating stations has been approved by state regulators.

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the utility's renewable energy procurement plan for next year. The solar arrays will represent a more than $79 million-dollar investment.

PNM's director of resource planning, Pat O'Connell, says another 40 megawatts of solar power will be added to the utility's capacity once the generating stations are complete. That's enough to power more than 16,000 average homes.

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Regional
11:55 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Woman Accused Of Embezzling Over $200,000

A bookkeeper is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from an Albuquerque lifestyle magazine.

50-year-old Bonnie Burchell was released on bail Wednesday on a felony charge of embezzlement.

According to a criminal complaint, the publisher of Albuquerque the Magazine says an audit found Burchell had been paying herself three times her salary between March 2012 and this summer.

She also is accused of making more than 30 deposits from the magazine into her bank account and an account in her ex-husband's name.

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Regional
8:26 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Obama Action Gives Relief to Some Local Mixed Immigrant Status Families

The Pizana family (Left to Right; Cynthia, Andrea Pizana and Soledad) is concerned different immigration status's will force them to be separated.
Credit Simon Thompson

Deporting Felons Not Families, that was a key take away from President Obama’s address on immigration.  The President could provide relief to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, some local people among that group say it’s long overdue.

Pizana came to the United States in 1996 from Talamantes, Chihuahua Mexico.  She says she escaped an abusive husband and gave her first daughter a chance at a better life.

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Regional
2:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Two Plead Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Border Agent

  Two men from Mexico have pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a family fishing trip in South Texas.

Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval and Ismael Vallejo were being held without bond Wednesday in the Willacy (WIL'-uh-see) County case.

Both pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder and attempted capital murder charges in the Aug. 3 slaying of Agent Javier Vega Jr. of Kingsville. His father was also shot but survived the apparent robbery attempt at a remote fishing spot near Santa Monica.

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Regional
2:46 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Sexual Battery Charge Against Athletic Director Dropped

A sexual battery charge against a former New Mexico Military Institute athletic director has been dropped.

An attorney for Reginald "Reggie" Franklin says a Virginia prosecutor has decided not to pursue the charge. However, prosecutors could refile the charge within a year.

The 58-year-old former athletic director and longtime men's basketball coach at NMMI was accused of groping the wife of an alumnus during a school function, a dinner party in Fairfax County in February.

Franklin has worked at NMMI for more than 24 years. He now lives in Missouri City, Texas.

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Regional
11:53 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Las Cruces Minimum Wage Discussion Continues Monday

  The Las Cruces City Council is scheduled to discuss changes to the new minimum wage law on Monday. 

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Regional
8:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Navajo Lawmaker Responds To Criminal Charges

A Navajo Nation lawmaker says he expects to be cleared on charges of misusing tribal funds.

Prosecutors have filed nine criminal charges against Mel Begay in relation to a now-defunct discretionary fund. He's accused in criminal complaints of illegally authorizing nearly $34,000 in payments to his six children.

Begay is scheduled to appear in Window Rock District Court later this month.

He said in a recent statement released through his attorney that the charges are unwarranted and that he will defend himself vigorously.

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Regional
8:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hobbs Enters National Voter ID Fight

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

Voters in a booming oil New Mexico city are set to decide on an ordinance that would require a photo ID in local elections in what is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.

A special election has been scheduled in Hobbs for Dec. 9 on a proposed voter ID law.

The election comes after a number of cities and states across the country have enacted similar measures.

Civil rights groups say such laws disproportionately affect blacks, Latinos, senior citizens and the poor.

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Regional
8:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

New Mexico To Get Preferential Treatment On Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education says it'll give New Mexico preferential treatment when the state applies for an extended waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

Officials say New Mexico will be allowed to apply early for an extension, be eligible to receive approval faster and get a longer waiver — four years instead of three years.

New Mexico is among states getting the preferential treatment because it has begun implementing changes that include using student test scores to help evaluate teachers.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mexican Students Arrive At WNMU; Will Study English

  Silver City, NM – The often-quiet main campus of Western New Mexico University is buzzing with energy with the arrival of 150 Mexican students who are living and learning on campus for four weeks.

The students are members of the first class of Proyecta 100,000, a Mexican government funded scholarship program supporting 7,500 Mexican students and professors in American-based English language programs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NMSU Analyst: Merry Shopping Season Ahead For Retailers

  Retailers could be jingling all the way to the bank this holiday season thanks in part to improved employment numbers and lower gas prices, according to a New Mexico State University researcher.

“I expect a solid holiday sales season this year,” said Bruce Huhmann, an associate professor of marketing in NMSU’s College of Business.

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Regional
3:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Police Investigate Rollover Crash That Injured Four Children

 

  A crash-reconstruction team with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single-vehicle rollover that ejected a five-year-old boy and injured three other children shortly after 6 p.m. Monday night.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Holman Road and Barksdale Loop, where the 31-year-old female driver said her car went off the road before it rolled multiple times.

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2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Rep. O'Rourke Pushes Bill To Boost Air Service To El Paso

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Economic development leaders say El Paso needs more non-stop flights. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is pushing legislation designed to boost air service to the region.
Posted: 11/25/2014 12:04:07 PM MST U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has introduced a new bill that should help boost El Paso International Airport's chances of providing more non-stop flights and other expanded services. In announcing the bill today, O'Rourke said he worked with U.S. Rep.
Regional
2:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Tragedy In El Paso: 40 Year Old AP Reporter Dies

Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

Llorca's sister, Maria Jimena Llorca, says her brother collapsed at his home Monday. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending.

While a political writer for El Periodico de Guatemala newspaper, Llorca was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

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Regional
1:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lapel Cameras Coming To Roswell Police

Roswell police are set to become the latest law enforcement agency to require all officers to wear lapel cameras.

The department this week is putting in the final bid on 60 cameras.

Officials say the cameras will be required to record every traffic stop and every call. The agency could start using them next month.

Officers can either wear the camera on sunglasses or collars.

The cameras are part of a $235,000 capital outlay project.

The department also plans to train the district attorney's office and area judges on the cameras.

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Arts/Life
11:15 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sierra County Announces Holiday Events

SIERRA COUNTY, NM—Hillsboro, New Mexico in Sierra County along with other “ghost towns” and cities there are bringing the spirit of the holidays to Southern New Mexico with several celebrations including “Christmas in the Foothills,” “Old Fashioned Christmas” and a “Luminaria Beachwalk,” to name a few, beginning on Dec. 6, 2014.

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Regional
11:13 am
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment On Running Parts Of SunZia Electric Line Underground

  Santa Fe, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes mitigation efforts proposed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to place three segments of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project underground to address overlap with military readiness and operations near White Sands Missile Range.  The BLM has reached a preliminary Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) on the DOD proposal.

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Regional
8:32 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 People Shot Has Died

Albuquerque police say two people were shot and that one of them has died.

Details of the Monday evening incident in southeastern Albuquerque are sketchy but police the second person was receiving medical treatment.

Police also said they didn't have anybody in custody.

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Regional
8:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prosecutor Weighs Santa Fe Police Shooting Case

Credit santafenm.gov/police

A southeastern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether two Santa Fe police officers will face any charges in the nonfatal shooting of a motorist.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks says she expects to decide on possible charges by early next year.

The case was handed off to Hicks by Santa Fe District Attorney Angel "Spence" Pacheco after a grand jury concluded that the shooting of an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face wasn't justified.

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Regional
8:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Navajo College To Get Funds For Distance Learning

A distance learning initiative at Navajo Technical University will be getting a boost of more than $447,000 from the federal government.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Monday that the university would be receiving the funds, which are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

The goal is to counteract high unemployment and poverty on the Navajo Nation.

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Regional
8:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Irrigation District Names New Chief Executive

The Bureau of Reclamation's top official in New Mexico will have a new job starting next year.

Mike Hamman will serve as the next chief engineer and chief executive of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. His appointment was announced Monday by the irrigation district.

Hamman has more than three decades of engineering and water resources management experience.

As area manager at the Bureau of Reclamation, he has overseen the operation of diversion dams and reservoirs, water modeling and accounting projects and has helped implement endangered species programs.

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Regional
8:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Participating In Highway 40 Campaign

New Mexico is participating in a multi-state campaign to make travel on Interstate 40 safer over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

According to the State Police, that agency, the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police and the state Department of Transportation will join law enforcement agencies in seven other states participating in the campaign.

It's called the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities."

The campaign increases patrols along I-40 over 12-hour periods on Wednesday and Sunday -- the holiday period's busiest travel days.

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Regional
8:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Police: Plane Crash At Las Cruces Airport Kills El Paso Man

New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing a Texas man who was the pilot.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez says the single-seat, propeller-driven aircraft went down about 1:15 p.m. Monday.

He says the pilot was 29-year-old Lawrence Francis of El Paso, Texas.

Francis died at the crash scene from his injuries.

According to witness' statements, police say the plane's engine was cutting in and out prior to the crash.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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Regional
8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Gov. Martinez Visits Mexican Boy Who Had Massive Tumor

Credit Office of the Governor

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention got a surprise visit in recovery.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano on Monday a week after he underwent an 11-hour surgery.

Doctors at University of New Mexico Hospital say they removed a significant portion of a watermelon-sized tumor but the boy still faces months of treatment.

Officials say the boy is recovering in an intensive care unit.

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Regional
8:17 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Scientist Sentenced In Stolen Research Case

A former scientist at Sandia Corp. accused of taking government property to China has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico announced Jianyu Huang's sentence Monday.

Huang, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in 2012 on a six-count indictment charging him with misusing government resources and equipment to conduct research for Chinese institutions. He ended up pleading guilty in August to charges that he made false statements to investigators and transported stolen property.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Las Cruces City Council Discusses Possible Minimum Wage Exemptions

City Council met during a work session to discuss Fair Labor Standards Act Exemptions. Samantha Sonner has more on what the councilor’s discussed.

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