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9:24 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Old-Fashioned Storytelling

Grits Wrangler, Loni Todoroki & Douglas Jackson at KRWG FM studios.

 June 26, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Storytellers of Las Cruces members: Douglas Jackson, Loni Todoroki and Grits Wrangler to talk to us about one of the oldest forms of communication, storytelling.

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Regional
8:12 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

3 In El Paso Get Prison For Gang-Related Sex Trafficking

A third man linked to a West Texas gang and sex trafficking has been sentenced to federal prison.

Emmanual Lockhart was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. He was convicted in El Paso of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in the ring that also operated in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.

Richard Gray was sentenced to three concurrent life prison terms Thursday. Gray was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of persons, sex trafficking of children and sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. He received 10 years for transportation for prostitution.

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Regional
3:59 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

The Latest In Texas: Abbott's Office Says Memo Not Discriminatory

Texas Governor Greg Abbot
Credit http://gov.texas.gov/

A Timeline

4:10 p.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott's office says the governor's directive that ordered state agencies not to reprimand those who deny benefits to gay couples does not condone discrimination.

Abbott spokesman John Wittman says the order issued earlier Friday does not authorize state agencies to deny benefits to same-sex couples. He says it only ensures that people doing business with the state cannot be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.

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Regional
3:53 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Pearce: Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Ignores The Will Of The People

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which addressed the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.

 

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Regional
3:44 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexico Business Boss 'Optimistic' About Boost In Funding

Secretary Of Economic Development, Jon Barela
Credit gonm.biz

New Mexico's top economic development official says the state's decision this year to pour millions of dollars into wooing businesses and spurring job creation isn't being taken lightly.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela told lawmakers during a meeting Friday that his office is crafting policies to ensure that the money is spent wisely and that the program is transparent.

Barela says proving the state is getting a return from its investments under the Local Economic Development Act — or LEDA — will be key.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexico AG Disputes Campaign Finance Violations

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says incorrect allegations about his own campaign finances show there are flaws in the state's reporting process.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Balderas said Thursday he is worried some candidates may be on the end of wrongful accusations by the Secretary of State's Office.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran told Balderas this week that he submitted three late campaign finance reports a few years ago.

But Balderas said she was wrong about two of the reports.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To 12 Wire Fraud Charges

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 54-year-old Joseph Lawler of Peoria pleaded guilty to all 12 counts of a superseding indictment.

It alleged Lawler defrauded investors out of at least $288,000 between August 2010 and July 2014.

Prosecutors say Lawler got others to create a company that purported to provide investment services.

He also got others to open four accounts for the company at a bank in Farmington, New Mexico and one at a Phoenix bank.

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Regional
3:30 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexicans Call On Congress To Protect Their Public Lands And Recreation Opportunities

From national parks like Chaco Canyon to handball courts in Albuquerque, many open spaces in American have been made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This critical funding for conservation is set to expire in just 100 days unless Congress acts quickly.

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Regional
2:03 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

NM Democratic Chair Haaland Statement On Marriage Equality

New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland and Somáh
Credit New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland

Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality across the US:

 

“As the mother of a lesbian daughter, I am thrilled to know that her future is free from barriers to marry whomever she wishes. Somáh came out to me as a senior in high school and since that time she has advocated for acceptance of this fundamental right. I share this victory with her. Love wins!

 

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Regional
1:56 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Udall, Nelson Urge FTC To Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used To Sell Soccer Headgear

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Moore Fire Update

There was very little activity on the Moore Fire in the Gila Wilderness Thursday. The lightning-caused fire is reported as 4,000 acres with 107 personnel assigned. The fire continued to burn slowly in large fuels near the perimeter as light rain fell during the day.   

Today, crews will continue to monitor and improve boundary management lines around the fire.  With the predicted increase in moisture for the weekend, decreasing the size of the organization is in the planning stages.   

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Regional
1:52 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Branigan Cultural Center Receives ’Latino Americans: 500 Years Of History’ Grant

Branigan Cultural Center has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

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Online EXTRA
11:01 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Texas State Sen. Rodríguez Applauds Ruling By SCOTUS On Same-Sex Marriage

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that denying the right to marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional:

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Online EXTRA
10:51 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Sen. Heinrich Praises Ruling By SCOTUS On Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges:

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Online EXTRA
10:23 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Doña Ana County Hires Former Judge For County Attorney

 

Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has announced the hiring of former Magistrate Judge Nelson J. Goodin as Doña Ana County Attorney. He will begin work Monday, June 29, at an annual salary of $90,000.

Goodin replaces former Doña Ana County Attorney John W. Caldwell, who left to take a similar position in Lea County late last year. Deputy County Attorney Dave Medeiros has served as Interim County Attorney while a search for a permanent replacement was underway.

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Online EXTRA
10:20 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Organization Calls On Texas To Eliminate Obstacles For Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON – After today’s sweeping ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, striking down bans on marriage equality in all 50 states, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, called on Texas officials to act with all deliberate speed to remove remaining obstacles to marriage equality.

In a letter to Governor Gregg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, HRC’s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow made the case for immediate action:

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Online EXTRA
10:10 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Rep. Pearce Signs On To Legislation Targeting Federal Recovery Program For Mexican Wolf

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement announcing the introduction of H.R. 2910, legislation that will protect New Mexicans and Arizonans, their children, farms, and ranches, from Mexican wolf attacks and severe economic losses stemming from harmful federal regulations.  Pearce co-introduced the bill with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

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Online EXTRA
8:54 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Sen. Udall Celebrates SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage Equality

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to affirm marriage equality nationwide:      

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Regional
8:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Father Charged After Baby Dies From Head Injury

The father of an infant who died from what doctors say were non-accidental injuries has been accused of child abuse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 25-year-old Spenser Phillips was charged Wednesday with child abuse in connection with the death of his 2-month-old son.

On May 30, the baby was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition with a brain bleed.

According to a criminal complaint, a doctor told police the baby had suffered abusive head trauma and non-accidental injuries.

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Regional
8:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Two In El Paso Sentenced In Gang-Related Sex Trafficking Case

A West Texas gang member must serve life in prison for helping run a sex trafficking ring also operating in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.

Richard Gray was sentenced to three concurrent life prison terms Thursday by a federal judge in El Paso.

Gray in January was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of persons, sex trafficking of children and sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. He received 10 years in prison for transportation for prostitution.

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Regional
8:29 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Albuquerque Woman Gets Prison Term For Embezzling From Bank

A former bank employee accused of embezzlement and aggravated identity theft has been sentenced to two years in federal prison in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Angela Giddings, of Albuquerque, also was ordered Thursday to pay more than $217,000 in restitution to Bank of the West.

Giddings was indicted in December 2014 on 16 counts of embezzlement and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Local Viewpoints
4:39 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

The Garrity Rule & Public Release of Firefighters’ Compelled Statements

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  When emergencies suddenly occur in our lives, no one is more important to us than the firefighters and paramedics who rush to our aid without hesitation.  When fires break out at structures in Albuquerque or occur in our national forests, when there is an automobile accident on I-40, or when someone is having a heart attack, we count on these dedicated public employees of city and county governments whose work may mean the difference between life or death.

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Regional
2:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Case Dropped Against Men Suspected In Cousin's Slaying

Two men charged with fatally shooting their cousin near Roswell last year are now free.

A judge dropped murder charges against Domingo and Angel Martinez on Wednesday after the only witness changed his testimony.

Prosecutors say both men drove around with 21-year-old Fabian Ward on Dec. 1 before shooting him to death.

The suspects' uncle initially told authorities he witnessed the incident. But during the preliminary hearing, the uncle said he hadn't been present.

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2:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

High Court Rules New Mexico Investment Suits Constitutional

New Mexico Supreme Court

New Mexico's highest court has cleared the way for two lawsuits alleging political support for former Gov. Bill Richardson influenced state investment deals.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Supreme Court found Thursday that former chief state investment office Frank Foy can receive triple-damage awards if he can prove corruption was taking place.

The Court of Appeals and district judges ruled two years ago that triple-damage awards under the Fraud Against Taxpayer Act were unconstitutional because they were punitive.

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Regional
2:51 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

NM Court Of Appeals Rules On Exclusion Of Farm And Ranch Workers From Workers Compensation

In a unanimous decision from the NM Court of Appeals, the Court held that the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from the Workers’ Compensation Act violates farmworkers rights to equal protection, under the New Mexico Constitution. In a historic decision, the Court found that the exclusion of farm and ranch workers from workers’ compensation is not “rationally related to a legitimate state interest,” Opinion at 14, and struck the exclusion down as unconstitutional discrimination. 

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Online EXTRA
2:50 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Transcript: Remarks By The President On The Supreme Court Decision Regarding The Affordable Care Act

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON THE SUPREME COURT’S RULING OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

 

Rose Garden

11:34 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Have a seat.  Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate -- we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all.

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2:48 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

FACT SHEET: The Supreme Court Upholds Critical Part of the Affordable Care Act

After nearly a century of work, after decades of trying, after a year of sustained debate, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Since then, health reform has become the law of the land and after more than five years under the law, it has been woven into the fabric of an improved American health care system, on which Americans can rely throughout life. And it’s probably impacting your life in ways you do not realize. Young adults can stay on their family’s plan.

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Local Viewpoints
2:45 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

New Mexico Democrats Support Supreme Court Ruling, Saying Health Care Is A "Basic Right"

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell:

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Local Viewpoints
2:43 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Pearce Blasts Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Verdict

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case King v. Burwell:

“Needless to say, I am disappointed by today’s ruling.  This is a bad decision upholding a failed law.  Worse yet, the majority opinion fails to justify its continuation. As Justice Scalia wrote in the dissenting opinion, ‘Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is “established by a State.’  What logic is this?”

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Regional
11:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

New Mexico Now Set To Debut On KRWG

 

New Mexico Now with Anthony Moreno debuts tonight at 7 on KRWG-TV. The program features insight and analysis on top issues facing our state.

Guests include: Walt Rubel of the Las Cruces Sun-News, Lauren Villagran of the Albuquerque Journal-Southern NM reporter and Heath Haussamen of www.nmpolitics.net. 

On tonight’s first episode our guests discuss the recent state legislature's special session along with the capital outlay bill, Spaceport America, and the recent arrests in the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. 

 

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