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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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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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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Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats.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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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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6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Las Cruces Looks Into Taking Over White Sands International Film Festival

The White Sands International Film Festival announced that it was ending earlier this month. Las Cruces City Council is using that as an opportunity to see if it is an event that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau could take over.

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Local Viewpoints
8:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Heinrich: President Obama Laid Out A Clear Vision To Help The Middle Class

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

"Tonight, the president laid out a clear vision to increase opportunities for all Americans and strengthen our middle class. While our nation's economy is progressing, my priority is to build on that momentum so that New Mexicans working hard to get ahead feel those gains.

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8:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

In Depth: Middle Class Economics

Over the past six years, we’ve rescued and begun to rebuild our economy on a new foundation.  Middle class economics has begun to work.  Now we have to build on this progress to raise wages and incomes and to strengthen the standing of working families in a new economy. 

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Local Viewpoints
5:13 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Democrats Respond To The Martinez "State Of The State"

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

  Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (D-29-Bernalillo & Valencia) today delivered a Democratic response to Gov.

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Regional
4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Suspected Of Beating Girlfriend

  A Las Cruces man suspected of beating up his girlfriend Saturday evening has been charged with a pair of felonies.

Joshua J. Baeza, 35, is charged with one count of battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and one count of battery against a household member.

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4:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Charged For Allegedly Battering, Threatening Mother

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of threatening his mother Monday with a hacksaw and a knife.

Emmanuel Rivera, 22, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

Shortly after noon on Monday, Jan. 19, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Aspen Court after Rivera reported became irate when the mother of his young son went to his home and picked up their child.

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Local Viewpoints
4:07 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Pearce: Latest Wolf Rule Puts New Mexicans In Danger

  Washington, D.C – Last week, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Mexican Wolf as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and quadrupled its recovery zone in New Mexico.

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3:55 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

WNMU Professor Emeritus Earns Nature Book Recognition

  Silver City, NM – Ever heard the term citizen scientist? Professor Emeritus Sharman Apt Russell, wrote a book on the subject, and it has landed on the list of Best Nature Books of 2014.

Diary Of A Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World was released in 2014. It is a 224-page journey by Russell describing her exploration in a yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle.

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3:29 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Man Sentenced To 12+ Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

  Cody Allen Little, 34, of Lovington, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 5thJudicial District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks, Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Lea County Sheriff Steve Ackerman.

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Local Viewpoints
3:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Immigrant Group Condemns Governor's Sixth Attempt to Repeal Driver's License Law

  Santa Fe, NM--The following is a statement from Somos Un Pueblo Unido regarding the Governor's sixth introduction of a proposal to take away driver's licenses from immigrant residents of New Mexico:

 

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Regional
3:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Justice Department And City Of Albuquerque Jointly Select Monitor To Oversee Police Reforms

  ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department announced today that, jointly with the city of Albuquerque, it is notifying the District Court of the selection of Dr. James R.

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Local Viewpoints
2:07 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

"Right To Work" Is Wrong For New Mexico

Credit alanfornm.com

  In 2015, with Republican Susana Martinez re-elected to a second term as New Mexico’s Governor and Republicans in control of the State House of Representatives for the first time since the Eisenhower 1950s, so-called “right to work” legislation has emerged as one of the highest priorities for the legislative session.

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Local Viewpoints
2:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Goodman: Each Age Has Its Own Contradictions

Edward Bellamy wrote Looking Backward 2000-1887.  A utopian socialist novel, it envisioned a world in which social ills like poverty and illiteracy no longer existed because humankind had outgrown competition as a guiding principle. 

   By 1900 only Uncle Tom's Cabin had outsold Looking Backward among books published in the U.S.  Folks so loved it as an alternative to the abuses of the Gilded Age that around the country 500 Nationalist Clubs sprang up to disseminate Bellamy's ideas.

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2:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: Martinez State Of The State Address

Credit Office of the Governor

  The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 20, 2015.

Governor Susana Martinez: 2015 State of the State Address

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1:58 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Convicted Killer Set To Die In Texas

A 41-year-old man on Texas death row for almost two decades for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home is set to die this week in Huntsville.

Arnold Prieto would be the first convicted killer in Texas given lethal injection this year. He's scheduled to die Wednesday.

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12:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The First Hispanic First Lady Of Texas

Credit gregabbott.com

  The swearing in of new Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes his wife the state's first Hispanic first lady.

Cecilia Abbott is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and was raised in San Antonio.

Delivering his inaugural address on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, the new governor said his wife embodies Texas.

He said the state "has been the blending of cultures from across the globe even before we became our own nation."

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12:45 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Texas Oil Company Laying Off 7,000

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. has said that it will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn.

Baker Hughes previously reported a record $663 million in net income in the fourth quarter of 2014, more than double its earnings during the same period a year ago.

Leading the growth was the company's North American division, which posted revenue of $3.3 billion.

But the company said in an earnings call on Tuesday that it expects a "sharp drop in product sales" because of the plummeting price of crude.

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Local Viewpoints
8:42 am
Tue January 20, 2015

In Depth: New Mexico Makes Little Progress On Child Well-Being

  ALBUQUERQUE—While New Mexico ranking rose slightly from 50th in 2013 to 49th in 2014 in the national KIDS COUNT rankings of child well-being, state policy makers not have managed to make much progress toward improving how well the state cares for its kids. The KIDS COUNT program measures 16 indicators of child well-being, and New Mexico saw improvement in just five of those. Worse, child poverty—a main factor in poor outcomes—actually increased (from 28 percent to 31 percent) even as it decreased in most of the rest of the nation.

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8:11 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Lower Temperatures, Snow On Tap For New Mexico This Week

A storm system is expected to bring significant snowfall to parts of New Mexico during the next several days.

The National Weather Service says mild weather early in the week will change dramatically Tuesday through Thursday as a cold front begins a trend toward much lower temperatures. And the forecasters say a reinforcing shot of colder air on Wednesday will lower temperatures enough to allow for snow.

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8:09 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Former Sheriff's Request For New Trial, Sentencing Delay

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RIOARRIBACOUNTY

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on a former northern New Mexico sheriff's requests for a delay in his sentencing while he seeks a new trial in a road rage case.

U.S. District Judge James O. Browning scheduled the hearing Tuesday in Albuquerque on both of the requests by lawyers for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella.

Rodella is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on his Sept. 26 convictions for brandishing a firearm and depriving a motorist of his rights during a March incident.

Federal prosecutors oppose both defense requests.

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8:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Advocates: New Mexico Child Poverty Still Near The Bottom

    

A new report says New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically.

The New Mexico Voices for Children released Tuesday its annual New Mexico Kids Count report that also faulted state lawmakers for not presenting any new anti-poverty initiatives.

The report says the state ranked 48th nationally in child poverty. It also says that only four other states ranked lower than New Mexico in the percentage of children whose parents lacked full-time, year-round employment.

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8:05 am
Tue January 20, 2015

NM House Democrats List Minimum Wage As Session Priority

New Mexico House Democrats are listing their priorities for the legislative session, but they'll have less clout to push those initiatives.

Republicans won control of the House in the November general election for the first time since 1954.

Democratic representatives list priorities that include increasing New Mexico's statewide minimum wage. Democratic floor leader Brian Egolf said Democrats support a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.50.

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8:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Legislature To Convene 60-Day Session

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to outline her priorities as lawmakers gather in Santa Fe for the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

The Legislature will convene at noon Tuesday, and the governor will deliver her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

Martinez already has unveiled parts of her agenda, including another pay raise for new teachers, budget increases to support education reforms and the state's overwhelmed child welfare agency and incentives for some small businesses.

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6:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Martin Luther King Day Breakfast Stresses The Importance Of Equality

The Dona Ana County NAACP branch held a breakfast to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and discuss the equality issues the country continues to face today.

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6:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

NMSU’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service Office Plans Affordable Care Act Session

  This year’s open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends soon. For help in navigating the ins and outs, New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service Office will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Dona Ana Cooperative Extension Service Office, 530 N. Church Street in Las Cruces. 

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12:54 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Health Sciences Academy Hosts Career Forum

Sunland Park’s new Charter School the Health Sciences Academy is pairing up with a program from California to help students prepare for the future at an early age.

Sarah Acevedo is a parent at the Health Sciences academy. She says that having a goal for the future makes her 7th grade son want to go to school everyday.

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