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1:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Mexico Duck Tests Positive For Bird Flu

A duck at a national wildlife refuge in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a bird flu strain that's deadly to waterfowl and poultry.

The case is the latest in a growing outbreak of bird flu, especially the highly contagious H5N2 strain affecting poultry in multiple states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people to be low.

New Mexico wildlife officials said Tuesday this marks the first time the highly virulent strain has been confirmed in the state.

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Regional
1:04 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Texas Traffic Stop Yields $1.7 Million In Cocaine

A South Texas traffic stop has led to the discovery of $1.7 million of cocaine in the fake compartment of a luxury vehicle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the bust happened Monday night on U.S. 281 south of Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs). A trooper confiscated 28 pounds of cocaine, split into bundles.

DPS says the trooper stopped a northbound Porsche Cayenne for a traffic violation. The investigation led to a search and the cocaine was in a false compartment in the rear quarter-panel of the vehicle.

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Regional
7:52 am
Tue April 14, 2015

NMSU Students Help With Luna County Water Research Project

New Mexico State University chemical engineering students are helping collect water quality data in Luna County.

The school announced this week that the students are part of a research project conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health and the state Water Resources Research Institute.

The students will analyze the results and providing feedback to property owners on how to filter or treat tap water that fails to meet health standards.

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Regional
7:50 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Biofuels Project In Jal May Get Boost After Water Change

A planned biofuels project near Jal may get a boost from a new oil and gas rule approved by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the change adopted by the state panel last month allows companies to reuse produced water in drilling operations. The rule could lead to producers using 100 percent recycled water instead of continuing to dip in to fresh water aquifers.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Begins Budget Work

Las Cruces City Council held a work session to begin work on the budget for fiscal year 2016.

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Smith says this year’s budget, which totals about $273 million, is very similar to recent budgets and will maintain all the city’s services.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Student Art Show, "In Between," Opens At NMSU Gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University is hosting its annual exhibition, “In Between,” which features the semester’s graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts program in the Department of Art. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the gallery.

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Regional
8:38 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Recall Attempt Against Councilor Nathan Small Fails

Credit Simon Thompson

 A supplemental petition filed by the petitioner seeking to initiate a recall election of Las Cruces City Councilor Nathan P. Small, District 4, lacked the necessary number of valid signatures.

A total of 839 valid signatures were required to certify the petition for a recall election. A total of 625 valid signatures were verified Monday by the Las Cruces City Clerk’s office – 214 valid signatures short of the required number.

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3:50 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Mexican Mezzo-Soprano Maria Luisa Tamez To Perform Free Concert In Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, NM - The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, TX and the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico are pleased to announce a free performance by distinguished Mexican Mezzo-soprano Maria Luisa Tamez.  She will be accompanied on the piano by Maestro Angel Rodríguez. This recital will take place at 7 pm onSaturday, April 18 at the Rio Grande Theatre located at 211 N. Main Street. 

  

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3:07 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

FDA Issues Notice of Possible Lead Poisoning Risk in Children

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health received an alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding a powdered product called “Bo Ying compound,” which may contain high levels of lead.  The product is labeled in Chinese and English and marketed in retail outlets and online for the treatment of flu, fever, and nasal discharge in infants and children.

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3:05 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Martinez Signs Gaming Compact With Tribes

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  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez brought together Native American tribal leaders from around the state to sign a new gaming compact, which will allow them to operate casinos for another 22 years. Leaders from the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Jemez, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, and the Navajo Nation gathered at the Governor's Office for her signature.

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3:00 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

White House Report: President's "Middle Class Economics" Supports New Mexico Families

  In February, the President released a Budget built on the progress we have made—12.1 million new jobs over 61 straight months of job growth—through middle-class economics, the simple idea that our economy works best when it’s working for everyone. In recent weeks, Republicans in Congress have put out their budget resolutions and subsequent tax proposals that would return our economy to the same trickle-down economics that has failed us before.

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Regional
1:08 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

NMSU Students To Analyze Water Quality In Luna County

  As part of a research project conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health and the state Water Resources Research Institute, chemical engineering students from New Mexico State University, studying public health, are assigned to collect water quality data in Luna County, analyzing the results and providing feedback to property owners on how to filter or treat tap water that fails to meet health standards.

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Regional
1:07 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Former Texas State Judge Pleads Guilty In Federal Judicial Corruption Case

ALBUQUERQUE – Angus Kelly McGinty, 51, a former Texas state district court judge in Bexar County, Texas, pleaded guilty today to an honest services wire fraud charge and admitted depriving the State of Texas and citizens of Bexar County of his honest services by soliciting and accepting bribes intended to influence his judicial decisions.  McGinty’s guilty plea was announced by Damon P. Martinez, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Christopher H. Combs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Division.

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Regional
12:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

NMSU International Club To Host Fashion And Talent Show Saturday

Students from New Mexico State University’s International Club will be showing off their talents Saturday during the club’s Fashion and Talent Show.

The show will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday April 18 at the Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces, on Main Street near the Branigan Cultural Center in Downtown Las Cruces.

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11:35 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Comic Legend Paul Rodriguez to Perform in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, NM - Comedy legend Paul Rodriguez, known to many as the "Godfather of Latin Comedy", will be performing at the Las Cruces Convention Center Friday, May 15 at 8:30 pm.

Hosted by funnyman Mike Acquisto-Gotti, the show will also feature two of The Latin Comedy Jam's funniest comics Javi Luna and Roberto Rodriguez. 

"Javi is hilarious. He has a style that will keep you laughing from start to finish," said Acquisto-Gotti. "After seeing his set in Corpus Christi, TX, we knew he would be an asset to the tour."

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Regional
11:14 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Wetter Weather Somewhat Tames Wildfire Fears In New Mexico

An expected wetter-than-normal spring and possible more active summer monsoons have some fire managers hoping for a calm fire season in New Mexico this year.

The Albuquerque Journal report the predictions of less wind than usual also have fire managers hopeful that the state can avoid large wildfires but they say those conditions can change rapidly.

Last year's monsoons and some moisture late this winter resulted in more grasses than have been seen in New Mexico since 2009. That has some fire planners expecting fewer mountain forest fires but more lowland grass fires.

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Regional
11:10 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Eight Texas Soldiers Voted Via Email; Program Called 'Success'

A pilot program allowing soldiers in hostile fire zones to vote via email is being touted as a success after just eight soldiers from Bexar County cast ballots in Texas' general elections last year.

State lawmakers now are poised to expand the program, likely to Bell County, home to Fort Hood, and El Paso County, home to Fort Bliss. Bexar County includes military-heavy San Antonio.

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Regional
11:07 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Albuquerque Police: Credit Card Thieves Quickly Made Fake ID

Albuquerque police say they're hoping to nab two women who stole a woman's credit card and then promptly made false identification that they used to make $350 of purchases at two stores.

According to police, the women stole a purse from a dance studio on Wednesday and then within 30 minutes made a false New Mexico driver's license.

Surveillance video showed the women using the stolen credit card to make purchases at drug store and a grocery store.

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11:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

New Mexico Racing Commission Approves More Labs To Test For Doping

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New Mexico horse racing regulators are going to allow trainers to pick among a wider variety of labs for testing to challenge allegations of drugging of horses.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Racing Commission approved a list of 11 certified labs that trainers can use. That's an increase from only three labs previously approved.

New Mexico Horsemen's Association president Larry Nichols had told the commission during its meeting last week that costs for lab testing were soaring due to both increased testing and to higher prices charged by the three approved labs.

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Regional
9:41 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Legislative Town Hall Meeting April 22 In Las Cruces

Credit Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  Santa Fe, NM –Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (D-38-Doña Ana) and State Representative Bill McCamley (D-33-Doña Ana) will host a public town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center in Las Cruces.

Sen. Papen said that she and Rep. McCamley will use the town hall to provide a re-cap of the 2015 legislative session. She also said they would focus part of the forum on capital outlay and answer any questions constituents might have about the legislature.

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Regional
9:35 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Library Snapshot Day Thursday In Las Cruces And Across New Mexico

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is joining all types of libraries (school, public and academic) across New Mexico to participate in “Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of New Mexico Libraries” on Thursday, April 16, to capture information about library usage and services.

Branigan Library will compile statistics, customer comments, photographs and other details representing a typical day in the library. The results collected and pictures taken will be added to those of other libraries across the state to raise awareness of available programs and services.

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8:44 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bingaman Speaks On Climate Change April 24 In Silver City

  The Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) is very pleased to announce that Senator (retired) Jeff Bingaman will be presenting a lecture entitled "Meeting the World's Energy and Climate Challenges" at the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Global Resource Center Auditorium located at 12th and Kentucky on Friday April 24th 2015 at 5:30 PM. Refreshments will be served at 5:00 PM in the lobby area. Please join us for a most welcomed return of a native son to our community. Due to limited seating, Free Tickets are required and available at:

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Local Viewpoints
8:35 am
Mon April 13, 2015

"Dignity Crossing" Monday In El Paso

  El Paso, TX—Today at noon, staff and volunteers from the Regional Center for Border Rights of the ACLU of New Mexico, Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, and Equality New Mexico will form a Know Your Rights checkpoint at the Santa Fe port of entry in El Paso to inform individuals of their rights. The event is part of an ongoing, border-wide “Dignity Crossing” campaign.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Spaceport America Gateway Gallery Experience Set To Open In June

The Spaceport Visitor’s Center and Gateway Gallery exhibits are set to open in June, but middle school student’s got a chance to preview the new exhibits.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Las Cruces City Manager: Local Preferences Cannot Impact Zoning Decisions

Credit Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza

  Reports that a fourth Walmart is being considered for Las Cruces led some to ask the city council to reject a re-zoning proposal on Valley Drive.  But zoning decisions cannot legally be made based on the notion of protecting locally-owned firms.

The Las Cruces City Manager’s weekly newsletter addressed the issue of a rezoning request for about seven acres at the corner of Tashiro Road and Valley Drive from agricultural to commercial high intensity.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

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
6:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Senator Heinrich Pushes for Wildlife Funding Reform

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Senator Martin Heinrich recently addressed a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on forest health.

The New Mexico Democrat expressed his concern that new initiatives could affect New Mexico’s current efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfires. Heinrich mentioned increased timber sales and how those sales could impact New Mexico’s existing fire prevention programs.

Heinrich then discussed the impact increased timber sales could have on watershed restoration projects in New Mexico and their effects on recreational facilities and permit programs.

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Regional
1:02 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Firefighter Wins Sexual Harassment Suit Against Albuquerque

A New Mexico court has awarded $183,000 in damages to an Albuquerque firefighter who said she'd been sexually harassed on the job.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Adele Parker, also known as Adele Ortega, filed a lawsuit against the city in 2013. Parker said firefighters had walked in and spied on her in the shower, hid sex toys in her bunk, stole her underwear and watched pornography at a fire station.

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Regional
12:59 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

GLBTQ Awareness Week In Las Cruces To Discuss Laws, Rights

  Celebrating the sixth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Awareness Week, the New Mexico State University Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center and Stonewall Queer, Straight Alliance present fun and informative events for April 13-16. 

The week features events centered on a safe space and provides awareness to help create an informed and empowered campus culture. 

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Regional
12:58 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

NMSU To Host "Education Beyond Borders: Tearing Down Walls" Symposium

Credit Dr. Loui Reyes, NMSU

  Las Cruces residents and New Mexico State University students, staff and faculty will have a unique opportunity to network, engage and learn about multicultural education during the “Education Beyond Borders: Tearing Down Walls” symposium on Friday.

The free symposium, which is hosted by the College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Critical Multicultural Educators Graduate Student Organization, will be from 2-7 p.m. April 17 in room 104 of O’Donnell Hall, 1220 Stewart Street on the NMSU campus.

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