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3:34 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bernalillo County Woman Contracts West Nile Virus

Health officials say the first clinical case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Bernalillo County.

They say a 45-year-old woman was hospitalized briefly with the more severe neuro-invasive form of West Nile, but now is recovering.

Bernalillo County has also had one horse diagnosed with West Nile this year and the horse had to be euthanized.

West Nile can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Most people who become infected with the virus have either no symptoms or have only mild symptoms.

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Regional
3:31 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Duran: Sharpie Pens Not Banned At NM Voting Sites

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran says her office has not banned Sharpie pen from marking New Mexico ballots on Election Day.

The office said Friday state officials recently ordered Paper Mate felt tip markers for counties over concerns the Sharpies might bleed through ballots. But the office said the bleeding does not affect how the ballot is tabulated.

State officials say county clerks can use either the Sharpie markers or the Paper Mate pens at polling.

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Regional
3:24 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Feds Cancel Classes In New Mexico For West African Delegates

U.S. Department of State
Credit state.gov

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that dozens of delegates from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa will not be coming to the International Law Enforcement Academy in southern New Mexico as planned.

The State Department, which runs the training center in Roswell, made the decision to defer invitations to the West Africans several weeks ago.

The Roswell Daily Record reports a total of 72 delegates from Liberia, Senegal and other countries were scheduled to arrive for four weeks of law enforcement classes beginning Nov. 24.

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Regional
3:19 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Boy In Roswell School Shooting In Records Lawsuit

The family of a boy accused of shooting two students at a Roswell middle school is suing the University of New Mexico Hospital over the boy's health records.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court says at least eight people had access to the boy's medical or mental health treatment records without authorization. The lawsuit says that access violated federal law.

Prosecutor says the 12-year-old boy opened fire in the gym and injured two students.

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Regional
3:19 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Balderas, Riedel Vie To Be New Mexico's Top Cop

The race to be New Mexico's top cop pits state auditor Hector Balderas, a rising star in the Democratic Party, against Republican Susan Riedel, a former prosecutor and judge with more than two decades of legal experience.

Balderas wants to build an agency that would serve as a watchdog to ferret out fraud, waste and corruption.

Riedel says she knows how to put criminals behind bars and would do the same for officials who abuse the public's trust.

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Regional
3:05 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Police: 'Explosive device' Hit New Mexico Mosque

Police say an unknown suspect has thrown what appears to be Molotov cocktail at an Albuquerque mosque.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said the explosive device was tossed Friday morning at a window of the Islamic Center but did not break the glass and enter the building.

He says the device briefly ignited and smoke caused damage to the exterior of the mosque. No injuries were reported.

Tixier says a number of agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the attack.

No arrests have been made.

No further details were available.

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Regional
2:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Involved In Fatal Shooting

A federal agency spokesman says a suspect is dead in Tucson from a shooting involving a Border Patrol agent.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble confirmed that there was a shooting Friday involving an agent and he says a suspect is dead.

However, Brabble declined to immediately provide specifics on the circumstances of the shooting, so it's not immediately known whether the agent shot the person who died.

Also, no information is immediately available on the dead person, including gender and age.

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Regional
2:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Lawsuit Over School Funding Set For 2015 Trial

A lawsuit challenging New Mexico's public school financing is moving ahead after a state district judge rejected a request by the Public Education Department to dismiss the case.

A trial is scheduled for November 2015 in the case by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, on behalf of parents in the Albuquerque, Gadsden, Las Cruces, Magdalena, Santa Fe, Zuni and Espanola school districts.

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Regional
1:58 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 'Explosive Device' Hit Mosque

    

Police say an unknown suspect has thrown what appears to be Molotov cocktail at an Albuquerque mosque.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said the explosive device was tossed Friday morning at a window of the Islamic Center but did not break the glass and enter the building.

He says the device briefly ignited and smoke caused damage to the exterior of the mosque. No injuries were reported.

Tixier says a number of agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the attack.

No arrests have been made.

No further details were available.

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Regional
10:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Reward Doubles In LCHS Construction Site Burglary

The reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of burglarizing the Las Cruces High School construction site has doubled now that Wooten Construction has contributed $1,000 to the effort.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers and Wooten Construction are offering a combined $2,000 for information that identifies the men who stole an estimated $35,000 in equipment from the construction site on Sunday.

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Regional
8:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Mexico Councilman Allegedly Attacks A Neighbor

New Mexico State Police say a Bayard City councilman has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Agents with the State Police Investigation Bureau took Armando Arzola into custody Wednesday.

The arrest came after allegations Arzola attacked a neighbor with an expandable baton or a bat on Sept. 11.

The neighbor reportedly sustained an injury to his left cheek and right hand during the altercation.

Agents also executed a search warrant on Arzola's house and say they collected various items of evidence.

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Regional
8:05 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Mexico Hospital Screening Patients In Parking Lot

    

New Mexico's top health officials say the risk of an Ebola case in the state is low, but administrators at Roosevelt General Hospital aren't taking any chances.

Starting Friday, the rural eastern New Mexico hospital will begin pre-screening for Ebola at a parking lot checkpoint.

Each incoming vehicle must stop so visitors and patients can answer a series of questions regarding recent travel and symptoms.

Hospital CEO Larry Leaming says he's taking the proactive measure to keep staff and patients safe.

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Regional
7:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Critics: As Dairies Pollute Ground Water Regulations Go Unenforced

Dairy cows during feeding time at a dairy on I-10 south of Las Cruces
Credit Simon Thompson

Unlike most other states, in New Mexico ground water belongs to all state residents. And some critics say weak enforcement of environmental regulations by the Martinez administration is allowing industries to contaminate the state’s ground water.

They call it ‘Dairy Row’, 10 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations lining I -10 just south of Las Cruces . Each dairy pumping out an estimated $5.8 million dollars worth of milk every single year.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: Doña Ana Commission District 3 Challenger Beth Bardwell

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: District 3 Doña Ana Commissioner Benjamin Rawson

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Entrepreneurship and Government at ISPCS 2014

New Mexico has spent millions of dollars setting up Spaceport America, and bringing the commercial space industry to the State. Entrepreneurs at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight said money spent on commercial space helps entrepreneurs and the country as a whole.

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Regional
5:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

SL-9 Rocket Flight Becomes Spaceport America's 3rd NASA Launch

SL-9 ROCKET FLIGHT
Credit Spaceport America

Officials announced the launch today of the third NASA “Flight Opportunities Program” rocket from Spaceport America. The launch of SpaceLoft™ XL 9 (SL-9), which was designed to reach sub-orbital space, took place this morning from Spaceport America's Launch Complex-1.

Today’s liftoff marks the 21st launch at Spaceport America and the 13th flight conducted by UP Aerospace, the spaceport’s oldest launch customer. NASA successfully launched two similar research rockets from the spaceport last year.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Feds Reviewing Clovis Case Involving Traffic Stop

The FBI is looking into allegations that a Clovis police officer used excessive force against a handcuffed man facing misdemeanor charges from a heated traffic stop.

The Clovis News Journal reports reports that FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the FBI doesn't confirm or deny investigations. However, two city officials said an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on the August stop.

Clovis police launched an investigation of the stop following a YouTube video of officer Brent Aguilar slamming Jorge Corona into the asphalt.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

911 Tape Barred At Trial Of Boy Accused In Killing

A state appeals court has barred 911 recordings in a case of a 10-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his father, whom defense attorney say abused him for year.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled this week the recording contained statements from a child that shouldn't be admissible in the trial involving the father's death.

The boy's lawyer, William J. Cooley, says authorities now have little evidence against his client and should drop the case.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Court: Police Can't Use Teen's Alcohol Admission

Credit nmsupremecourt.nmcourts.gov

The state Supreme Court has ruled that student statements to school officials in disciplinary proceedings can't be used by police for criminal charges unless the juvenile waived the right to remain silent.

The court's ruling came Thursday in a case involving a teenager at Kirtland Central High School.

During questioning by an assistant principal, the student admitted to drinking and bringing alcohol to school. A San Juan County deputy sheriff was present and heard the student's statements.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Border Deaths Drop To 15-Year Low

The number of immigrants who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years.

That is as because more Central Americans are turning themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.

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Regional
3:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

NM Hospital Screening Patients In Parking Lot For Ebola

Roosevelt General Hospital
Credit myrgh.org

New Mexico's top health officials say the risk of an Ebola case in the state is low, but administrators at Roosevelt General Hospital aren't taking any chances.

Starting Friday, the rural eastern New Mexico hospital will begin pre-screening patients and visitors for Ebola at a parking lot checkpoint. Each incoming vehicle must stop so visitors and patients can answer a series of questions regarding recent travel and symptoms.

Hospital CEO Larry Leaming says he's taking the proactive measure to keep his staff and patients safe.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Pecos Man Arrested After Marijuana Grow Bust

New Mexico State Police say they have busted an indoor marijuana grow in Pecos and arrested a man.

They say 27-year-old Kyle Christiansen of Pecos has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on suspicion of marijuana distribution.

Police say they were tipped off about the situation Wednesday.

Officers walked around the house and smelled the odor of raw marijuana through an open door.

They obtained a search warrant from a county district judge and entered the home.

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Regional
10:53 am
Thu October 23, 2014

LCHS Construction Site Burglary Suspects Sought

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of burglarizing the Las Cruces High School construction site to the tune of about $35,000.

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Regional
8:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New Mexico Man In Police Force Case Heads To Court

A New Mexico man who accused a Clovis police officer of using excessive force is scheduled to appear in court on misdemeanor charges stemming from the heated traffic stop.

The Clovis News Journal reports a hearing for 26-year-old Jorge Corona is scheduled Thursday as prosecutors seeks a change of venue.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover says he doesn't believe a fair trial can be obtained in Curry County due to recent media coverage.

Corona faces misdemeanor counts of concealing identity and resisting arrest.

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Election 2014
8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

N.M. Treasurer Race Draws Education Funding Concerns

The campaign to become the next New Mexico state treasurer has candidates talking about education.

Democrat Tim Eichenberg is going against Republican Rick Lopez in a race to replace James Lewis, who can't run again because of term limits.

The 62-year-old Eichenberg says the state should acquire more federal lands that could then be leased to create a new revenue source for early childhood education. He says the treasurer's office also should invest more in New Mexico's infrastructure to help start construction projects.

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Election 2014
7:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Mitt Romney To Campaign For Gov. Martinez

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans a campaign stop in New Mexico to help Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said Romney will appear Thursday at a fundraiser at a private residence in Albuquerque and at a public event in mid-afternoon at the governor's campaign headquarters in the city.

Martinez is running against Democratic challenger Gary King in the general election.

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Regional
7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Court Hearings Postponed In Officer's Shooting

Court appearances for a man charged in the shooting of a Navajo Nation police officer have been postponed until his medical condition improves.

Raymond Herder faces federal charges of assault with intent to commit murder and discharging a firearm in a violent crime. Authorities say he shot Officer Joseph Gregg in the face on Oct. 11 with a shotgun.

Gregg opened fire with his service weapon, striking Herder in the jaw at a home in Kaibeto. Court documents say Herder remains hospitalized in Phoenix where he has lapsed in and out of consciousness.

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Regional
7:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Wants More Action To Keep Officers

Credit cabq.gov

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

The mayor wants the City Council to authorize pay increases of $6,000 to $12,000 for officers willing to postpone retirement for a year.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Space X At ISPCS 2014

SpaceX is one of the companies working with Spaceport America to bring Commercial Space Flights to New Mexico. They were at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space to give an update on where their company is headed.

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