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6:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 5 Preview: Edward Frank

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10:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Groups Withdraw Support Of PNM Power Plant Proposal

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

Western Resource Advocates notified state regulators in a filing Thursday it could no longer support the plan.

The group was one of several organizations that signed off on a settlement agreement last October to back the plan to replace the electricity that would be lost by the closure of two units at San Juan.

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Regional
10:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Man Accused In 2006 Murder Extradited From Mexico

  Las Cruces, NM – Today, the U.S. Marshals Service booked wanted alleged murderer Eduardo Estrada-Garcia in a Dona Ana County jail after extraditing him from Mexico. The Border Violence Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office worked with the U.S. Marshals Service, the United States Department of Justice and the Mexican government to bring Estrada-Garcia back to New Mexico to face an open count of murder for the alleged 2006 brutal murder of a Chaparral, New Mexico woman.

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PUENTES
9:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

A Symbol Used in Ancient Cultures

Carlos Aceves at KRWG FM studios.

  January 23, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local Author and Retired Educator, Carlos Aceves. He has a Master’s in Educational Psychology and has presented at universities and education conferences throughout the United States. He is also developed the Xinachtli Project, an indigenous based, multi-language pedagogy, for the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, Texas.

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Regional
4:41 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Alleged Dispute, Murder Of Girlfriend

  A 23-year-old Las Cruces man is in jail after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies discovered his girlfriend’s lifeless body Wednesday night inside the couple’s Doña Ana home.

Corey Franklin reportedly went to the Las Cruces Police Department just before 7 p.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at his house in the 1400 block of Eclipse.

During questioning, Franklin changed his story and told the officer the incident was actually a domestic dispute between him and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Graciela Hernandez.   

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4:16 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Over 43,000 New Mexicans Enroll For Coverage From Health Insurance Exchange

Credit NM Department of Health

  Following the second Open Enrollment deadline, 43,054 New Mexicans selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) as of Jan. 16, 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Regional
4:11 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

VIDEO: Heinrich Outlines Objections To Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor today in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

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12:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Announce Additional Funding For State Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility. The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer’s beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services, and a new pool.

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12:46 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Consumer Group Calls On McDonald's: Help Save Antibiotics

Albuquerque, NM — The state consumer group New Mexico PIRG launched a national campaign today asking McDonald’s to stop the purchase of meat raised with antibiotics. As one of the largest purchasers of beef, pork and chicken in the United States, such a commitment from McDonald’s would help tackle the growing public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. 

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Regional
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outside Team To Release UNM Sexual Assault Report

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An outside team of experts plans to release its findings following a review of the campus culture on sexual assault at the University of New Mexico.

Team leader Jill Pilgrim and Dean of Students Tomas Aguirre are expected to discuss the findings during a presentation Thursday.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was launching an investigation into the university's handling of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students.

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Regional
9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Regional
9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Regional
9:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Await New Revenue Forecast

Oil prices continue to drop and that's making New Mexico lawmakers a little uneasy as they prepare to hammer out a state budget for the next fiscal year.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat John Arthur Smith of Deming, joked during the floor session Wednesday that his committee wouldn't meet until the price of oil starts to rise.

On Thursday, the panel is scheduled to hear from state finance officials.

The 60-day legislative session began Tuesday and the big assignment for lawmakers will be approving a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan.

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9:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

FACT SHEET: Helping All Working Families With Young Children Afford Child Care

  “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have -- it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”

– President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

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Local Viewpoints
8:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Pearce Votes To Speed Up Natural Gas Permitting

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act with a bipartisan vote of 253-169. This bill would accelerate the approval of much needed energy infrastructure projects across the country. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) released the following statement on his support for and passage of the bill:

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Local Viewpoints
8:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Group Blasts Pearce Commentary On Wolf Policy

  As demonstrated yet again by his recent commentary, “Latest Wolf Rule Puts New Mexicans in Danger,” the facts and Rep. Steve Pearce don’t have a very close relationship.

Despite Rep. Pearce’s fear-mongering, expanding the small Mexican gray wolf population of about 100 wolves will hardly put people or their livelihoods in danger, something the congressman could have learned from the hundreds of his constituents who attended a public hearing last August in Truth or Consequences to voice their support for the wolves.

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8:42 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Heinrich Co-Sponsers Legislation To Protect Access To Reproductive Care

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-sponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights. The legislation would protect a woman's right and ability to determine whether and when to bear a child by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services -- such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin. The bill's introduction comes as the country marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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Regional
6:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 5 Preview: Dr. Connie Phillips

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

NMSU Equine Professor Helps Students Become Leaders

Laura White, assistant professor of Equine Science, spends most of her time at the NMSU Horse Farm. (NMSU photo by Angela Simental)

  Her first horse was a mean, little pony her parents bought her even though she was a little too young to ride, but Laura White learned not to give in and to pursue her passion for horses.

“My parents thought it was just a phase, but I’ve always loved horses. They are truly magnificent beasts,” said White, New Mexico State University assistant professor of equine science. 

Originally from Texas, White now owns two horses – one for show and one miniature horse, which she is teaching new tricks.

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Local Viewpoints
4:50 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Rodriguez: Texas Senate Rule Change Escalates Partisanship To A New Level

  Austin -- Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement upon adjournment of the Texas Senate, which voted today to change its rules in a way that limits minority power, dismissing over 60 years of tradition meant to protect the minority and encourage debate and compromise.

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4:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Udall Introduces Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill To Create Renewable Energy Standard

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create over a quarter of a million jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars. The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025.

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Regional
2:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Heinrich Issues Statement On Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

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Regional
11:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Supreme Court May Weaken Housing Bias Cases With Texas Decision

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  The Supreme Court appears bitterly divided in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues expressed serious doubts Wednesday that the Fair Housing Act can be used to ban housing or lending practices without any proof of intent to discriminate.

The court's four liberal justices defended the use of so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits that allege even race-neutral policies can have a harmful effect on minority groups.

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Local Viewpoints
10:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New Mexico Groups Protest Citizens United In Santa Fe

  Santa Fe — NMPIRG, joined today by Common Cause, and Environment New Mexico, gathered at the Roundhouse to mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, the infamous decision that birthed Super PACs and opened the floodgates for special interest money in our elections.  The groups called out the flood of big money in elections and put forward solutions to amplify the voice of average Americans. 

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Regional
9:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Public Meeting Planned On Proposed Gila Cliff Dwellings Fee Increase

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park's entry fees. The proposal is to raise the basic entrance fee from $3 to $5.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the changes, or make comments on them, is invited to a meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 27.  The meeting will take place at the Gila National Forest office in Silver City located at 3005 East Camino del Bosque. The meeting will take place between 1 and 3 PM.  Interested persons are welcome to come at any time during those hours.

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8:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Transcript: State Of The Union Address

  REMARKS BY THE PRESDIENT

IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

 

U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C.

9:10 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: 

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Local Viewpoints
8:44 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Pearce Blasts State Of The Union Address

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  President Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union (SOTU) since taking office.  In response, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) issued the following statement:

“Hard-working Americans yearn for concrete solutions to our nation’s challenges.  Yet tonight, we heard more out-of-touch rhetoric that neither soothes concerns, nor gives reason for hope,” said Pearce

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Regional
8:04 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Officials: New Mexico Precipitation Near Normal For 2014

New Mexico recorded near normal amounts of rain and snow in 2014, and officials say forecasts are pointing to the drought easing up by May.

A panel of state and federal weather forecasters and water managers met Tuesday to discuss the drought. They say the latest map shows nearly two-thirds of New Mexico are dealing with moderate drought conditions or worse.

That's better than the 80 percent reported at this time last year.

The state received 95 percent of its normal precipitation last year. The most rain fell in far southeastern New Mexico near the Texas border.

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Regional
8:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Martinez Makes Another Run At Driver's License Law

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants the Legislature to repeal a law that allows the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Martinez took aim at the law during her State of the State address before the House and Senate on Tuesday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite the Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats lead the Senate and vowed Tuesday to fight back.

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Regional
8:01 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.

Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Watrous.

The National Weather Service says snow levels will continue to drop Wednesday, with the most significant impacts expected overnight.

According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow Wednesday.

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