News http://krwg.org en NMSU Regents Approve Revenue Bonds For Energy Savings http://krwg.org/post/nmsu-regents-approve-revenue-bonds-energy-savings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: normal;">At a special meeting April 16, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents gave final approval to issue $15.9 million in system subordinate lien revenue bonds.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: normal;" Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:47:46 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64192 at http://krwg.org NMSU Regents Approve Revenue Bonds For Energy Savings New Mexico Prisons To End Overnight Family Visits http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-prisons-end-overnight-family-visits <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18.75px;"><p>The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.</p><p>The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.</p><p>Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:52 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64187 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Supreme Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-supreme-court-revives-election-challenge-against-democrat <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18.75px;"><p></p><p> New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.</p><p>The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:08 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64186 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Supreme Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves http://krwg.org/post/arizona-house-passes-bill-allowing-self-defense-killing-endangered-wolves <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p>The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense.</p><p>Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person.</p><p>Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:43:30 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64185 at http://krwg.org Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves Texas Awards $4.8 Million For West Recovery http://krwg.org/post/texas-awards-48-million-west-recovery <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 22.5px;"><p>State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.</p><p>The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:42:08 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64184 at http://krwg.org President Obama Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform http://krwg.org/post/president-obama-calls-gop-pass-immigration-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:36:42 +0000 Statement by The President 64182 at http://krwg.org President Obama Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform NMSU Researchers Study Tumbleweed Control http://krwg.org/post/nmsu-researchers-study-tumbleweed-control <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">In January, while the West made national news with extreme cold weather caused by the polar vortex, the Southwest experienced another phenomenon. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64016 at http://krwg.org NMSU Researchers Study Tumbleweed Control New Mexico Holds A "Water Town Hall" http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-holds-water-town-hall <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>State officials, business leaders and others from around New Mexico are gathering for a two-day town hall focused on water use and other policy recommendations for dealing with severe drought.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:10:28 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64125 at http://krwg.org New Mexico Holds A "Water Town Hall" Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Higher Fines For Using Cell Phones While Driving http://krwg.org/post/santa-fe-mayor-proposes-higher-fines-using-cell-phones-while-driving <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p> Santa Fe's mayor is proposing stiffer fines for people cited for using a cellphone while driving.</p><p>According to the Santa Fe New Mexican,&nbsp;Mayor Javier Gonzales wants motorists who drive while using a cellphone to face a $200 fine.</p><p>That would be twice as much as the existing $100 fine.</p><p>The proposed fine would be $300 if the offense occurs in a school zone.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:22 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64124 at http://krwg.org Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Higher Fines For Using Cell Phones While Driving Feds Condemn Anti-Police Fliers http://krwg.org/post/feds-condemn-anti-police-fliers <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p> Less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department blasted Albuquerque police for a pattern of excessive force, the federal agency is condemning threats of violence against officers in anti-police fliers that have surfaced in the city.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:07:22 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64123 at http://krwg.org Feds Condemn Anti-Police Fliers Abbott Faces Thorny Death Penalty Decision http://krwg.org/post/abbott-faces-thorny-death-penalty-decision <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The death penalty has strong public support in Texas. Political candidates don't dare get in the way of the state's use of the ultimate punishment. But Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber. Abbott must decide whether Texas must disclose the source of its execution drugs, which could prompt suppliers to halt their deliveries.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:04:53 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64121 at http://krwg.org Abbott Faces Thorny Death Penalty Decision Navajo Code Talker Dies http://krwg.org/post/navajo-code-talker-dies <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p> A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.</p><p>Michael Smith says his father, Samuel "Jesse" Smith, died Monday night in Albuquerque after recent bouts with pneumonia. He was 88.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:02:39 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64120 at http://krwg.org Navajo Code Talker Dies Sen. José Rodríguez Statement On The Senate Committee On Veteran Affairs And Military Installations http://krwg.org/post/sen-jos-rodr-guez-statement-senate-committee-veteran-affairs-and-military-installations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations hearing today:</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:33 +0000 64113 at http://krwg.org Sen. José Rodríguez Statement On The Senate Committee On Veteran Affairs And Military Installations Suspect Accused Of Making Threat Caught On Camera http://krwg.org/post/suspect-accused-making-threat-caught-camera <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); text-indent: 27pt; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:47:18 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64094 at http://krwg.org Suspect Accused Of Making Threat Caught On Camera Martinez Goes Into Fall Campaign With $4.2 Million In The Bank http://krwg.org/post/martinez-goes-fall-campaign-42-million-bank <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has raised $1.5 million for her re-election in the past six months, giving her big fundraising advantage over Democratic challengers.</p><p>The Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $4.2 million as of last week.</p><p>Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance disclosures with the secretary of state's office.</p><p>Five Democrats are running for their party's gubernatorial nomination in the June 2 primary election.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:00:51 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64055 at http://krwg.org Martinez Goes Into Fall Campaign With $4.2 Million In The Bank Grand Jury In Perry Ethics Case http://krwg.org/post/grand-jury-perry-ethics-case <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p> A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.</p><p>Special State District Judge Bert Richardson began impaneling jurors Monday in Austin.</p><p>The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:46:53 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64047 at http://krwg.org Grand Jury In Perry Ethics Case Webber Well-Financed In Run For Governor http://krwg.org/post/webber-well-financed-run-governor <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Democrat Alan Webber reports raising more than $800,000 for his campaign for governor, with personal money accounting for more than half of that.</p><p>Webber is among five Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.</p><p>Webber's campaign released a finance summary Monday showing it had collected about $812,000 in cash contributions and $25,000 in donated goods and services.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:45:06 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64046 at http://krwg.org Webber Well-Financed In Run For Governor Mother, Son Suspected Of Using Stolen Cards, Checks http://krwg.org/post/mother-son-suspected-using-stolen-cards-checks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 22-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of using stolen credit cards at a local department store was arrested&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_871329726" tabindex="0">Friday</span>&nbsp;while his accomplice, his mother, fled from police.</p><p></p><p>Santana Jaramillo, of the 800 block of McFie Avenue, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, one count each of possession of stolen or lost credit cards, and one count of resisting or evading an officer.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:38:39 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64044 at http://krwg.org Mother, Son Suspected Of Using Stolen Cards, Checks NMSU To Upgrade Nursing Simulation Lab http://krwg.org/post/nmsu-upgrade-nursing-simulation-lab <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services has received $111,110 from the President’s Performance Fund to make improvements to the School of Nursing simulation laboratory.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans- Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:36:40 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64043 at http://krwg.org Las Cruces Police Seek Armed Robbers http://krwg.org/post/las-cruces-police-seek-armed-robbers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the suspects in&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_871329596" tabindex="0">Sunday</span>&nbsp;morning’s armed robbery at a local convenience store.</p><p></p><p>Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, April 13, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Pic Quik store at 1770 S. Telshor Blvd. Officers learned that two masked men entered the store. One of the men, armed with a handgun, demanded cash from a store clerk.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:35:43 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 64018 at http://krwg.org Las Cruces Police Seek Armed Robbers Report: New Mexico Corporate Income Tax Revenue Falling http://krwg.org/post/report-new-mexico-corporate-income-tax-revenue-falling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>ALBUQUERQUE—Changes in the state’s corporate income tax (CIT) structure during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions are causing New Mexico’s CIT revenue to erode. This important revenue source helps stabilize the state’s general fund, which has had erratic growth in recent years, according to a report released today.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:49:15 +0000 New Mexico Voices For Children 64011 at http://krwg.org Report: New Mexico Corporate Income Tax Revenue Falling Monday BusinessWatch http://krwg.org/post/monday-businesswatch-95 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Fred Martino covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger. &nbsp;Subscribe to our podcast on the right side of this page so you never miss a segment.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63899 at http://krwg.org BLM Seeks Comments On Electric Transmission Project http://krwg.org/post/blm-seeks-comments-electric-transmission-project <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p> Federal land managers are seeking public comments on a plan to build a 360-mile-long transmission line from New Mexico to southern Arizona.</p><p>The Bureau of Land Management and the Western Area Power Administration have released a draft report covering the potential environmental effects of the Southline Transmission Line Project.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:18:12 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63973 at http://krwg.org BLM Seeks Comments On Electric Transmission Project Former Guard Honored For Actions During Prison Riot http://krwg.org/post/former-guard-honored-actions-during-prison-riot <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A former New Mexico prison guard has been honored for saving the life of another state corrections officer nearly 34 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots.</p><p>New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel gave Louis C de Baca the Medal of Honor, the department's highest award, on Tuesday during a ceremony in Albuquerque.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:13:02 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63970 at http://krwg.org Albuquerque Coach Arrested For Alleged Sex With Teen http://krwg.org/post/albuquerque-coach-arrested-alleged-sex-teen <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bond has been set at $50,000 for an Albuquerque volleyball coach accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.</p><p>21-year-old Ryan Kapuscinski is being held on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor.</p><p>Los Lunas police arrested Kapuscinski on Wednesday after receiving a tip from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:11:28 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63969 at http://krwg.org Santa Fe Takes Water Conservation Challenge http://krwg.org/post/santa-fe-takes-water-conservation-challenge <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Santa Fe has made big strides when it comes to water conservation, but Mayor Javier Gonzales wants to do more.</p><p>Gonzales is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a national contest to see what city can be the most water-wise community.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:42:30 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63931 at http://krwg.org Santa Fe Takes Water Conservation Challenge Connecting Generations - Preserving Agricultural History http://krwg.org/post/connecting-generations-preserving-agricultural-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:04:06 +0000 Emily Guerra 63906 at http://krwg.org Connecting Generations - Preserving Agricultural History Balderas Raising Funds To Take On Local Opponent http://krwg.org/post/balderas-raising-funds-take-local-opponent <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Democrat Hector Balderas says his campaign for attorney general has raised about $239,200 in the past six months.</p><p>Balderas' campaign announced Thursday that it has a cash balance of more than $600,000.</p><p>The candidate released partial fundraising information in advance of next week's deadline for filing a campaign finance report with the secretary of state's office.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:57:23 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63895 at http://krwg.org Balderas Raising Funds To Take On Local Opponent Outrage At Handling Of Corruption Case http://krwg.org/post/outrage-handling-corruption-case <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p></p><p> A former official of a southern New Mexico regional housing authority who complained about alleged mismanagement and misspending says she's outraged by the way a criminal case has petered out.</p><p>Ex-legislator Vincent "Smiley" Gallegos in December pleaded no contest to four misdemeanors, and state prosecutors since have dropped charges against three other people also charged in the case.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:55:44 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63894 at http://krwg.org Outrage At Handling Of Corruption Case Report Urges More Efforts To Prevent Child Abuse http://krwg.org/post/report-urges-more-efforts-prevent-child-abuse <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A legislative report says the rate of child abuse and neglect has been rising in New Mexico and the state should spend more on services to prevent the mistreatment of children, including in-home visiting to improve parenting skills.</p><p>The report was outlined Friday to members of the Legislative Finance Committee.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:54:13 +0000 KRWG News And Partners 63893 at http://krwg.org Report Urges More Efforts To Prevent Child Abuse