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5:04 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Albuquerque Men Charged In Las Cruces Burglaries

Police arrested three Albuquerque men suspected of breaking into a pair of businesses last week and stealing several cartons of cigarettes, amongst other items.

Terry Brown, 60, Marques Bailey, 32, and 21-year-old Jarrell Thaddeus Robinson, also known as Adonis Green, were each charged with one count of commercial burglary, attempted commercial burglary, conspiracy, criminal damage to property, larceny, possession of burglary tools and tampering with evidence. Robinson also faces one count of concealing his identity.

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4:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Arizona Forces Statutory Rape Victim To Pay Child Support

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A 20 year old woman took advantage of a 14-year-old boy. Eight years later, Arizona forced the then 22-year-old to pay child support to his rapist.
PHOENIX - Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years. While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.
Regional
3:58 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Potential Smoke Impacts From New Mexico's Pino Fire

(Santa Fe, NM) — The Pino Fire is currently burning in an area of the Santa Fe National Forest five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Fire crews will begin multiple hand and aerial ignitions today to manage the wildfire. Based on forecasted weather conditions, smoke from the Pino Fire is expected to be transported to the northeast of the fire for the next few days.

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Regional
2:09 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Texas Leads Nation In Jobs Supported By Exports

  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a new report highlighting for the first time the number of jobs supported by goods exports from each of the 50 states, which shows that goods exports from the Lone Star State led the nation by supporting 1.1 million jobs in 2013 – and merchandise exports from six metropolitan areas in the state ranked among the top 50 last year. The Houston metropolitan area registered $115 billion in goods exports in 2013 – a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 – leading the nation for a second consecutive year.

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Regional
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Las Cruces Crash Victim Identified

  The 84-year-old woman who died as a result of last Thursday’s two-vehicle crash on Lohman Avenue has been identified as Cuca Gilliland of Las Cruces.

Traffic investigators learned that, at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gilliland was driving a 1996 Toyota Avalon when, it appears, she was leaving the Arroyo Plaza parking lot at 2001 E. Lohman Ave. Investigators believe Gilliland briefly entered Lohman heading westbound but then attempted a U-turn.

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Regional
12:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Impasse In Santa Fe Hospital Labor Dispute

A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there's an impasse on a key issue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that administrators at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center told the union in an email Friday that there's an impasse on staffing.

The hospital said it will continue to communicate with the union through email, phone and fax but that it's considering legal options to unilaterally implement parts of the hospital's latest contract proposal.

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Regional
12:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Report: Ample Electricity For Fall, Winter

The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says it expects to have ample electricity available to keep up with periods of peak demand in the fall and winter.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, issued its projections Tuesday.

The ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, Ken McIntyre, says in a release that the state has 2,100 more megawatts available now than this time last year. One megawatt is enough to power about 200 homes during peak periods and 500 homes under normal conditions.

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Regional
12:43 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

West Texas Man Charged With Murdering Five Year Old

   A West Texas man has been charged with murder after police say a 5-year-old girl was assaulted at a home and later died.

San Angelo police early Tuesday responded to two 911 calls to report alleged domestic violence at a house.

Officers discovered the injured child and another female victim at the residence. Both were transported to a hospital where the girl died.

Tom Green County jail records show 23-year-old Isidro Miguel DeLacruz Jr. of San Angelo was being held without bond on a murder charge. Online records don't list an attorney for him.

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Regional
12:41 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Indicted Sheriff Accused In Another Traffic Stop

Federal prosecutors say a New Mexico sheriff accused of roughing up a motorist made another questionable traffic stop in which he tailgated a driver without his emergency lights on and later threatened to arrest her.

Court papers filed last week say Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella tailgated a 52-year-old woman two months before authorities say he dragged a driver from his car and threw him to the ground during an off-duty traffic case.

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Regional
10:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Convicted N.M. Man Sentenced For Role In Phoenix Meth Ring

A New Mexico man has been convicted of racketeering and conspiracy for his role in an interstate methamphetamine trafficking ring.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that a Chaves County jury found Matias Loza guilty last week for working with AZ Boys' — a criminal syndicate authorities say brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Phoenix to Otero County.

The 33-year-old Loza was then sentenced to nine years in prison for second-degree felony racketeering and three years for third-degree conspiracy to commit racketeering.

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Local Viewpoints
10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Livestock Producers Urged To Apply For Disaster Aid

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

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Regional
7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Mexico Utility Plans To Request Rate Increase

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to ask state regulators for a rate increase for the utility's electricity customers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM wants to recover costs for investment in power plants and other infrastructure, and to make up for a decrease in power consumption.

The drop in consumption is attributed to such factors as the state's weak economy, energy conservation and renewable sources such as rooftop solar.

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Regional
7:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Deputies: Family Leaves Child Behind At N.M. Store

De Baca County deputies are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was left behind when her family stopped at a convenience store during a camping trip.

KOB-TV reports the help of store clerks and media broadcasts of the girl's photo helped reunite the child with her family, but investigators say there still may be charges of negligence in the case.

Deputies say the family — including a mother, a father, eight children and a baby sitter — were camping at Lake Sumner. Some of them went to the store for supplies.

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Regional
7:24 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Two Teens Injured After Falling Out Of Carnival Ride

Two teenagers are recovering after being injured when they fell out of a carnival ride at a West Texas church bazaar.

Police in El Paso say the "Sidewinder" — a swinging pendulum ride with two gondolas at each end — was in motion Sunday night at the Saint Anthony's Bazaar when a door came open and the teenagers fell to the ground.

The male and female, both 13 years old, were taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Police say their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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Regional
7:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Albuquerque Police Investigate Deadly Stabbing

Police are investigating a deadly stabbing outside an Albuquerque convenience store.

Investigators say 23-year-old Kenneth Boyd was at a party east of the city with his girlfriend and their small child when the suspect agreed to give them and two other people a ride.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the child started crying so Boyd and his girlfriend got out of the car to grab a bottle. That's when the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Michael Fox, allegedly drove away with the child.

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Regional
7:17 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Bernailillo County Seeks Funds For Animal Shelter

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

Bernalillo County will be seeking voter approval in November for $4.5 million in bonds for a new animal shelter and adoption center.

The county already has $1.5 million and needs the bonds for the rest of the project, which would include a 25,000-square-foot shelter with space for a veterinary clinic.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the animal services department currently operates out of a converted fire station in the South Valley. In the truck bay, temporary kennels hold small dogs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Large Scale Concrete Testing Takes Place For The First Time At NMSU

New Mexico State University civil engineering graduate student Andrew Giesler examines data from a large-scale test on a bridge girder build with ultra-high performance concrete that is stronger and has a longer life than regular concrete. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques).

  Andrew Giesler, a graduate student in civil engineering, and his team at New Mexico State University are testing ultra-high performance concrete bridge girders on a large scale to aid the development of bridge design procedures for the state of New Mexico that could lead to a variety of improvements to the state’s infrastructure.

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Regional
2:02 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Committee Recommends Closing Six State Homes

A state advisory committee is recommending Texas shut down six of its 13 residential facilities for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities.

The recommendation comes from a Department of Aging and Disability Services report released last month. The recommendation was made by a state panel that suggests ways to improve Texas agencies.

The panel gives several reasons for its recommendation, including costs and ongoing controversies over the quality of care at the centers.

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Regional
1:56 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Six Dead In Dallas Crash

Police say a speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside.

Dallas police officer Monica Cordova says the crash occurred Sunday night in a residential area in southeast Dallas. The victims were two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23.

Cordova says the 20-year-old driver lost control as the road curved when the back passenger-side tire of the Chevrolet Impala hit a curb. The vehicle slid across three lanes before hitting a tree in the median.

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Regional
1:53 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Deputies: Family Leaves Child Behind At New Mexico Store

  De Baca County deputies are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was left behind when her family stopped at a convenience store during a camping trip.

The help of store clerks and media broadcasts of the girl's photo helped reunite the child with her family, but investigators say there still may be charges of negligence in the case.

Deputies say the family — including a mother, a father, eight children and a baby sitter — were camping at Lake Sumner. Some of them went to the store for supplies.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Teens Recovering After Falling Out Of Carnival Ride

Two teenagers are recovering after being injured when they fell out of a carnival ride at a West Texas church bazaar.

Police in El Paso say the "Sidewinder" — a swinging pendulum ride with two gondolas at each end — was in motion Sunday night at the Saint Anthony's Bazaar when a door came open and the teenagers fell to the ground.

The male and female, both 13 years old, were taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Police say their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Regional
8:18 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Famous Faces To Fete NMSU Professor, Playwright

Tony-Winning Playwright Mark Medoff
Credit cmi.nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University is using star wattage to raise funds for a new lecture series named after longtime professor and Tony-winning playwright Mark Medoff.

NMSU is hosting "Mark Medoff: Far From Finished," a fundraising dinner Saturday at the campus Center For The Arts in Las Cruces.

Organizers say several actors who previously worked with Medoff are scheduled to attend including Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Tambor and Linda Hamilton.

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Regional
8:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

VA To Hold Town Halls To Discuss Health Care

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Credit albuquerque.va.gov

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families.

The back-to-back town halls will be Sept. 10 at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial in Albuquerque.

Following whistleblower complaints, investigators earlier this year uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments. Thousands of patients were forced to wait months for appointments.

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Regional
8:07 am
Mon September 1, 2014

NM Utility Works On 3 New Solar Power Centers

Credit pnm.com

Dirt is being leveled in three New Mexico counties as the state's largest electric provider prepares to install thousands of solar panels.

PNM says its planned solar power centers in Valencia, Cibola and Sandoval counties will be capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,900 average residential customers.

The solar centers will cost about $48 million to construct. The largest one, the Meadowlake energy center east of Los Lunas, will be made up of more than 122,000 solar panels.

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Regional
8:04 am
Mon September 1, 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
10:02 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Perry: Those Naughty Tweets From My Account Weren't Authorized

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a disparaging tweet from his personal account about the Democratic district attorney he's charged with unlawfully trying to oust was unauthorized.

A tweet from Perry's account Sunday, after the other post was deleted, said he does "not condone the tweet." The tweets were sent from Perry's verified account, but it was unclear who does the actual posting for the feed. Perry aides did not immediately return messages.

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Regional
11:18 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Man Injured In Jail Beating Files Federal Lawsuit

  A man who alleges he was beaten by a corrections officer while at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center has filed a federal lawsuit, saying his civil rights were violated.

31-year-old Crandell Martin says his right to due process was violated while and he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Surveillance video shows then-Officer John Robins slamming Martin's head into a brick wall July 2 while booking him into the detention center for a probation violation.

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Regional
11:15 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Navajo Supreme Court Dismisses Speaker's Appeal

  The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has dismissed a tribal leader's appeal of a lower court decision that allowed his colleagues to put him on administrative leave.

The court dismissed the appeal of Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize on Aug. 22 because he did not file required paperwork in time.

According to the two-page ruling, the lower court record and transcripts of the proceedings were never submitted before the Aug. 18 deadline.

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Regional
11:14 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Tesla Dealing As States Play "Factory Poker"

Credit facebook.com/tesla

   It's the corporate equivalent of high-stakes poker.

Tesla Motors has five states bidding to attract a $5 billion factory that will make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The winner is expected to offer publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

And the package could be far more, because the states don't know what their competitors are offering.

So far, Tesla has done initial work on a potential site in Nevada. But the company will prepare at least one other before making a final decision by year's end.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Texas To Appeal Ruling Against New Abortion Law

Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.

The state has vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Friday that Texas has reached a "tipping point" with new laws that he called state-imposed obstacles to a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

His decision throws out requirements that threatened to effectively close more than a dozen clinics.

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