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6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Las Cruces Looks To Strengthen Relations With Mexico

  The Consulate General of Mexico and the City of Las Cruces have announced the presentation of the world-renowned ‘Cuarteto Latinoamericano’, the first of a series of Mexican cultural programs aimed to strengthen the friendship that exists between the people of Las Cruces and Mexico.

A news conference regarding the effort will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Azul at Hotel Encanto, 705 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

NMSU To Host Event For Former Students Looking To Attain Degree

New Mexico State University’s Cross Campus Advising office will host a “Come Back and Complete” information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Corbett Center Colfax Room 210. 

The event will help former students learn how many credits they need to complete their bachelor’s degree, what they need to do to re-enroll at NMSU and options for possible financial assistance. 

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Regional
2:11 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

USDA Brings Water To Navajo Community In New Mexico

Alice Yazzie stands in front of her home where she says she used to get her 55 gallon water barrels outside of her home filled but that has not happened in about a month. So she had had to revert to carrying water by hand in buckets. Now she reports she is grateful for the new water system because she won’t have to haul water and worry about the water freezing in the barrels in the winter months.

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Mariano Lake, New Mexico northeast of Gallup Friday to participate in a dedication ceremony which saw a new water system begin the flow of water to the residents of this Navajo Nation community.

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Regional
2:04 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $800,000 For Economic Development In New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico. These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

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Regional
1:57 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Manhunt For Two Suspects In New Mexico Murder

  Authorities in Bernalillo County are searching for two men they say are connected to the homicide of a man whose body was found on the side of a road.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Capt. Ray Chavez says there are outstanding warrants on murder charges for 32-year-old Danny Trujillo and 25-year-old Ignacio Gallegos.

Chavez says both men are wanted in the death of 26-year-old Eloi Leyba.

Deputies were called after a passing motorist spotted Leyba's body around 8:30 a.m. Friday along Crest Road.

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Regional
1:55 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

New Mexico Hospital Sued Over Data Breach

A New Mexico woman is suing a hospital and its parent company, saying their negligence led to hackers obtaining personal information belonging to her and more than 4 million other patients.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that attorneys are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit filed on behalf of Briana Brito.

The suit, which was filed Sept. 19, alleges Brito had personal data stolen while hospitalized at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas.

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Regional
1:54 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

How Did Dallas Worker Catch Ebola?

  Officials are investigating how a Dallas health worker who treated an Ebola patient ended up with the disease herself.

They say the worker wore full protective gear while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The worker doesn't know how she became infected, and officials suspect a breach in infection control protocols.

They are looking into how the worker removed her personal protective gear, which includes a gown, two sets of gloves, a face mask and an eye shield.

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Regional
1:53 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Farm Bill Delay Could Affect 2015 Cotton Planting

Cotton growers in Texas and other southwestern states plagued by years of drought may plant fewer acres next season because of a bureaucratic delay in implementing a provision of the farm bill.

The U.S. Agriculture Department was supposed to calculate production yields for all commodities by county in time for the 2015 crop year. But it now says it can't do that until the 2016 crop year.

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Regional
6:53 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

High-Ranking Fort Bliss Officer Suspended

  A high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss has been suspended while Army officials investigate accusations of misconduct.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters says the garrison commander, 45-year-old Col. Thomas Munsey, has been taken off the job pending the outcome of the investigation.

Peters said Friday it's Army policy to not comment on ongoing investigations and no additional information was being made available.

Munsey has been at the El Paso-area post since June.

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Regional
6:51 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

U.S. Bank Gives $1.7 Million To UNM Athletics

  U.S. Bank will have its name tied to University of New Mexico's main athletic facilities thanks to a million dollar donation.

University officials announced Friday that U.S. Bank is giving $1.7 million to Lobo Athletics.

In exchange for the contribution, U.S. Bank will get the naming rights for premium seating areas at Lobo football and basketball games.

The Pit will have a U.S. Bank Suite and Club Level and University Stadium will have a U.S. Bank End Zone Club and U.S. Bank Zia Levels.

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Arts/Life
6:21 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

KRWG-FM Host Leora Zeitlin Brings Home National Award

Teri Ehresman (left), president of the National Federation of Press Women, presents KRWG-FM host Leora Zeitlin (right) with her “1st Place in Radio/Television Interviews” award in Greenville, South Carolina.

  Leora Zeitlin, long-time classical music host at KRWG-FM, was nationally recognized recently for her interviews with musicians on her program, “Intermezzo.” The National Federation of Press Women awarded her “First Place in Radio/Television Interviews” in its annual communications contest. Zeitlin received the award at the NFPW’s national conference on September 6, in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Regional
10:44 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Rep. Pearce Welcomes New Citizens

Rep. Steve Pearce, left, and U.S. District Judge James O. Browning congratulate two new citizens following a naturalization ceremony Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) congratulated more than 160 new United States citizens Friday as guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

 

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Regional
10:39 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Drugs, Firearms Found In Las Cruces Home Following SWAT Standoff

Tosha Amos

  Three people were arrested Friday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a house where a man was reportedly shooting at his brother with possible hostages inside.

Just before midnight, the Doña Ana County Special Response Team, with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department, was dispatched to the 7200 block of Parrigin Way, near the intersection of Peachtree Hills in the East Mesa area of Las Cruces.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy, allegedly being held against their will, were believed to be inside.

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Regional
10:16 am
Sat October 11, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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Regional
10:11 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Conversation With Reporter Simon Thompson

  Simon Thompson is a reporter/producer for KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  You can also hear his reports on KRWG-FM.  

Thompson is originally from Australia, where he graduated from Monash University with a B.A in Journalism and Politics.

After graduating, Thompson wrote features and worked as subeditor for a social culture magazine in his hometown of Melbourne.

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PUENTES
5:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Part 2 - Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez with Emily Guerra at a StoryCorps interview.
Credit StoryCorps

October 4, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of a two-part interview with Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez. He became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces in 1982, and retired last year. On this segment he recalls growing up in Texas, and the time he spent in the seminary in Mexico. Ramirez says “he did not know he would become a Bishop, it is a service of love.” 

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Local Viewpoints
3:04 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Faith Leaders Seek to Clear Doubt Over Motives Of Las Cruces Mayor And City Council

LAS CRUCES, N.M.

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Regional
2:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

County Budget Now Online

  Working in conjunction with the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department, the Doña Ana County Finance Department has posted the county’s Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget online for review by the public.

   The final budget has been approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

   The current budget – along with past budgets – is available for review at www.donaanacounty.org/finance.

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Regional
2:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted Fugitives Arrested

  Federal authorities say they've arrested a man who's considered one of New Mexico's most wanted violent fugitives.

A U.S. Marshals task force arrested 27-year-old Angelo Deshannon Burdex in northwest Albuquerque on Thursday.

State authorities had issued a warrant for Burdex's arrest on July 1.

He was accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a household member and felon in possession of a firearm.

Burdex who was arrested last year by the U.S. Marshal's task force but fled from justice again.

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Regional
2:55 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Davis Ad Touches On Disability Issues; Abbott Campaign Outraged

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  A new television ad by Democrat Wendy Davis focuses attention in the Texas governor's race on Republican Greg Abbott's use of a wheelchair, accusing him of not siding with victims like himself.

Abbott's campaign quickly responded Friday, calling it "disgusting" and "desperate."

The 30-second ad titled "Justice" is the first from the Davis campaign to draw attention to Abbott's disability. It notes that he was injured when a tree fell on him while jogging in 1984, then criticizes Abbott, the state attorney general, as working against victims in other disability cases.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

NMSU Regents Approve Development Corporation Bylaws

  GRANTS, N.M. – In a regular meeting Oct. 10, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved bylaws for the Aggie Development Corp., the newly formed corporation that will allow NMSU to better manage and develop its land, property and water assets.

Aggie Development Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act. Ben Woods, NMSU special adviser to the NMSU president and president of Aggie Development Corp., is leading the effort to establish the corporation.

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Arts/Life
12:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

"Ghosts Of The Past" Returns To Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES -- Experience the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum at night as you time travel back in New Mexico history or meet historical ghosts during two exciting nights in October for Ghosts of the Past.

The popular living history event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24-25 with new characters this year. The tours offer a unique living history experience that transports visitors of all ages to a variety of eras in New Mexico history. Various historical characters interact with visitors on indoor and outdoor tours.

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Regional
10:26 am
Fri October 10, 2014

New Mexico Unemployment Center Closed For Holiday

Credit New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

New Mexico's unemployment insurance operations center will be closed Monday for Columbus Day, but state officials say online and automated toll-free telephone systems will continue to be available.

The Department of Workforce Solutions says individuals can apply for unemployment benefits, certify for their weekly benefit claim and check the status of their claim through the website Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The operations center will resume normal hours on Tuesday and customer service agents will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Regional
10:25 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Santa Fe School Evacuated After Guard Finds Gun

Credit santafenm.gov

A middle school in Santa Fe was evacuated after a security guard found a handgun in a backpack.

Police descended on Ortiz Middle School after the discovery was made Thursday, and no injuries were reported.

Students were taken to a nearby police facility, where attendance was taken before the students were released to their parents.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said police detained four students for questioning and took one into custody following the incident.

It wasn't immediately known whether the gun was loaded and in working order.

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Regional
10:23 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Perry Lawyers Seek Order For Grand Jury Testimony

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Lawyers for indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry want a judge to order the special prosecutor in the case to produce transcripts of grand jury testimony.

In a court filing Friday, Perry's lawyers say transcripts of the secret testimony are needed for the judge to review their previous requests to dismiss the indictment.

Perry's lawyers accuse special prosecutor Michael McCrum of saying he's "too busy" to call the court reporter to order the records.

McCrum says he hasn't reviewed the filing and declined comment Friday.

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Regional
10:21 am
Fri October 10, 2014

State Police Officer Hurt In DWI Crash To Return

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

A New Mexico State Police patrol officer who was struck and injured by a drunk driver is headed back on duty.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Carlos Verdugo is scheduled Friday to return to full duty after the June accident.

Lt. Emmanuel T. Gutierrez says Verdugo will be patrolling the streets of Lea County in full uniform.

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Regional
10:19 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Passenger Train Collides With Car Near Albuquerque

A southbound Rail Runner passenger train has collided with a car south of Albuquerque, and the train system says a person was killed.

Television news video shows a heavily damaged car off to the side of the tracks Friday morning, and a notice posted on the Rio Metro Regional Transit District's web site says the train is having a major delay and will not continue because of a fatality.

Transit spokeswoman Augusta Meyers told the Albuquerque Journal that one person was killed and a second critically injured.

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Regional
10:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

CDC Expert Talks Ebola During New Mexico Stop

An official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the key to saving thousands of lives in the battle against Ebola will be stemming the transmission of the deadly virus.

Dr. Toby Merlin is head of the preparedness and emerging infections division at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease. He spoke Thursday to dozens of doctors and students at the University of New Mexico.

Merlin made the stop in Albuquerque while on his way to Dallas, where the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday.

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Regional
10:13 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Feds: Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead In New Mexico

Federal wildlife officials are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday in a monthly briefing that the uncollared animal was found dead last month in New Mexico. The agency did not provide any details about the location and said the wolf management team didn't know anything about the male wolf's history.

They say the case is under investigation.

Efforts to reintroduce the predators to parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hampered over the years by illegal shootings, among other things.

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Election 2014
10:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Courts Block Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

Courts have blocked enforcement of voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin mere weeks before Election Day.

In Texas, a federal judge declared a measure that was among the toughest in the nation a de-facto poll tax that sought to suppress minority voters.

That decision late Thursday came even as the U.S. Supreme Court barred Wisconsin from enforcing its own voter ID law.

The attorney generals of both states defended the laws and vowed to appeal.

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