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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Silver City Report

 

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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5:37 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Bernalillo County Commission Approves Development Agreement

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The Bernalillo County Commission has approved the development agreement between Western Albuquerque Land Holdings and the county which impacts the Santolina Master Plan.

The agreement passed on a 3-2 vote Wednesday.

The commission passed the Santolina Master Plan on June 16.

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings received approval of a Planned Communities Level A Master Plan and Planned Communities Zoning for nearly 14,000 acres of undeveloped land in the county's southwestern area.

The Santolina Master Plan is contingent upon future demand and market conditions.

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6:57 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

New Mexico Business Group Still Pushing For "Right To Work" Legislation

Ruidoso, NM - Business leaders from throughout New Mexico have voted to approve the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s (ACI) slate of policy priorities for the interim legislative session, as well as the organization's leadership for the coming year. 

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6:56 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

NMSU Named An "Innovation And Economic Prosperity University"

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In recognition of its commitment to economic engagement, New Mexico State University has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity.

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6:54 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Suspect In 10 Las Cruces Auto Burglaries Arrested

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of burglarizing at least 10 vehicles over the weekend.

Isaac M. Bonnett, 24, of the 400 block of Ithica Court, is charged with 10 counts of auto burglary.

Detectives learned that at around 3 a.m. Sunday, June 21, a resident who lives on the 2600 block of Crestview Drive was arriving home when he spotted someone rummaging through one of his vehicles. The resident ordered the suspect out of the vehicle and called 911.

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1:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Gila National Forest Wildfire Update

Firefighters on the Pinon and Moore fires reported slower growth Tuesday and much less smoke than previous days. The 3,200-acre Pinon Fire is located 13 miles east of Reserve, NM on the Reserve Ranger District with 40 personnel on scene. The 4,000-acre Moore Fire is located in the Gila Wilderness on the Wilderness Ranger District with 85 personnel on the incident.

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12:57 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Wall of Excellence Touts Achievements in NMSU School of Nursing

The Nursing Wall of Excellence greets students and visitors to the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The entrance to the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services building received a new look in fall 2014 with the addition of the Nursing Wall of Excellence. The newly constructed 3-D wall features visual and audio historical accounts of the NMSU School of Nursing.

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12:47 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Allergen-Free Peanuts Lead USDA Report Highlighting New Innovations

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  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on discoveries by USDA researchers that have led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. USDA innovations included in this annual report range from USDA supported research that could offer solutions for millions who suffer allergies from peanuts and wheat to safe mosquito control that can help halt the transmission of diseases they spread, and others.

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10:36 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Thursday Night Closure Of Missouri Avenue In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with overnight closures as work progress within the intersections of Missouri Avenue, Triviz Drive and Don Roser Drive.

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8:46 am
Wed June 24, 2015

White House Fact Sheet: Here's How The Republican Budget Would Harm New Mexico

Congressional Republicans have started to show how they plan to budget at discretionary levels that are the lowest in a decade, adjusted for inflation.  House Republicans are proposing to shortchange students, workers, our nation’s health, and the economy by cutting overall funding for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services by roughly $15 billion, or 9 percent, compared to the President’s Budget.

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7:19 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Lawsuit: New Mexico AG Staffer Bullied Nonprofit

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A lawsuit says a New Mexico Attorney General staffer bullied nonprofit employees and harassed a female worker on social media while using the name "Mr. Smooth."

Court papers filed Monday in Santa Fe District Court claim Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Casares Owens tried to control the day-to-day operations of the United South Broadway Corp. and prevented staff from doing outreach on foreclosure prevention.

The lawsuit also says Owens invited a female employee for drinks and tried to "friend" her on Facebook while other staffers felt intimidated.

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7:06 am
Wed June 24, 2015

More Nonprofits Sue Over Medicaid Funding

Three more nonprofits forced out of the behavioral health business when their Medicaid funding was cut off have sued the Human Services Department and the state.

The Counseling Center, Easter Seals El Mirador, and Border Area Mental Health Services filed lawsuits last week, bringing the total number of lawsuits alleging the state violated providers' rights to 10.

The nonprofits, which provided services to the mentally ill and addicted, say they hadn't been told what they did wrong.

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7:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Luna And Grant Counties To Vote On Joint Agreement For Gila River Diversion Project

Credit NMFO

Earlier this month, the Interstate Stream Commission approved a joint powers agreement to move forward with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) that will be in charge of the Gila River Diversion Project as part of the 2004 Federal Arizona Water Settlement Act. The project will divert the Gila River water use for Grant, Luna, Catron, and Hidalgo Counties.

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6:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Truth Or Consequences To Hold Vote On Use Of Senior Center Building For Spaceport Visitor's Center

Wednesday’s grand opening of the Spaceport America’s Visitor Experience in Truth or Consequences is being met with some concern. The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center was closed in order to house the interim Spaceport Visitor’s Center, and some residents are trying to get the building back.

In an effort to preserve the senior center, Citizens initiated a petition for an ordinance.

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6:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Staying Safe In And Around Swimming Pools

The hot desert temperatures are here, and there’s almost no better way to enjoy some relief from the heat than a good swim.

It’s important though to remember to put safety first: protect children and others in and around the water.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) reports our state has been relatively lucky with respect to drowning. Drowning ranks a distant fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in New Mexico over the last five years at 1.3 percent.

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