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4:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mammoth Tusk Found In New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico–New Mexico’s standing as a paleontological hot spot has once again been confirmed. Recently, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing permittees Tom and Sissy Olney reported that a possible mammoth tusk was eroding out of an arroyo bank on BLM land within their grazing allotment.  The Olneys had noticed a white object within the arroyo wall over 20 years ago, however, based on the small amount exposed it appeared to be a rock or root.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Transcript: President Obama On Border Security And Immigration Reform

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

Rose Garden

 

3:04 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  One year ago this month, senators of both parties –- with support from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities –- came together to pass a commonsense immigration bill. 

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2:42 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Confidence In Supreme Court Falls To New Low

Lead in text: 
USA Today reports on Gallup poll results that show the American public is losing faith in our Supreme Court.
We know Americans don't have much confidence in Congress or President Obama, but it turns out the Supreme Court is also slipping in the public eye. On the same day the justices ruled on a controversial case dealing with President Obama's contraception policy, a new Gallup Poll finds only 30% of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court - a record low for the judicial branch.
Regional
2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Cap

New Mexico's highest court has upheld a state law that caps residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

The state Supreme Court on Monday said the law was constitutional.

Critics of the tax limitation law contended it had improperly created a new class of taxpayers based on when someone bought a house.

Under a state law that took effect in 2001, most people are subject to a 3 percent limit on how much property values can climb each year for tax purposes. However, the cap doesn't apply when a home changes hands.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

President Obama: I Will Act On Immigration Reform

   President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

150 Border Agents Being Sent To South Texas

  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson says 150 more Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas where authorities have been overwhelmed by an increase illegal immigration.

Johnson on Monday made his third visit in the last month and a half to the Border Patrol's McAllen station in southernmost Texas. The station has been hardest hit by the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children arrested since October. It's not clear if the new agents are temporary or permanent transfers.

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Regional
2:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Secretary Of Labor Blasts Supreme Court Union Dues Ruling

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision:

“Home care workers do heroic work, providing high-quality, compassionate care that allows seniors and people with disabilities to live at home with independence and dignity.

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Regional
2:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Resticted Hours At Gila Catwalk

Silver City, NM--Due to predicted heavy rains and thundershowers starting this week, hours of use at the Catwalk National Recreation Area, on the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New Mexico will be restricted starting Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Hours of use will be between 8:00 a.m.

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Regional
12:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Job To Career Readiness Bootcamps Planned

  Doña Ana County - The New Mexico Economic Development Department along with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, Doña Ana Community College and the City of Las Cruces are partnering together to host a "Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp." The event is free to attend and will prepare attendees with successful application and interviewing skills for several companies in the region that are hiring. Recently Governor Susana Martinez announced that three new manufacturers will be locating in Doña Ana County and creating over 600 new jobs.

 

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Regional
11:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

N.M. Police Officer Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

A state police officer has been discharged from a hospital after being struck by a suspected drunken driver while conducting a traffic stop in southeastern New Mexico.

According to state police, Officer Carlos Verdugo was in his patrol car near an intersection in Hobbs on Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Jason Allred.

Verdugo was initially reported to be in critical condition at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, but state police say he later was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home for an undetermined amount of time.

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Regional
11:23 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Full Schedule: Las Cruces Fourth Of July Celebration

  There is still time to enter the City of Las Cruces Electric Light Parade Presented by Wells Fargo. The parade is at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Enter by calling the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department for a parade packet at 575/541-2550, Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, June 27. Entry is free and this year’s theme is “Hats Off to America.” The parade will remain in downtown Las Cruces.

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Viewpoints
11:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration

  LAS CRUCES – The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), and Audubon New Mexico were joined today by local government, nonprofit organizations, farmers and members of the public to celebrate the first irrigation to benefit native plant restoration efforts along the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

 

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Regional
10:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Boosting High Tech In Southern NM Means Faster Commercialization Of University Technology

The water desalination product was developed from existing New Mexico State University technology and patents
Credit Simon Thompson

32 of New Mexico’s fastest growing tech companies saw collective growth of 14% since the recession. That is according to the ‘The Flying 40’, a list that reports on New Mexico’s tech industry progress annually. But when it comes to tech companies in the southern part of the state few are even mentioned.

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Regional
9:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson To Visit Border Facilities

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is traveling to South Texas to tour Border Patrol facilities amid the crush of immigrant children and families from Central America.

Johnson says his trip to the border Monday is focused on getting a firsthand view of the government-wide response to record numbers of child immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border alone.

This is the second trip Johnson has made to South Texas in two weeks.

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Regional
8:49 am
Mon June 30, 2014

KRWG Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Interim Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce met for the second time with administrators of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Friday to discuss the ongoing concerns about the VA Health Care system and veterans services. He announced plans for a pilot program in Southeast New Mexico for veterans to see local doctors for specialty care. Congressman Pearce also again engaged with VA administrators, asking them for transparency in answers to patient lists.

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Regional
4:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Hot Temperatures Delay NM-28 Work Until Tuesday

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One with Blue Collar Construction will continue with maintenance work on a portion of NM 28 that resides in the Town of Mesilla. The NMDOT has rescheduled the maintenance resurfacing treatment that consists of chip sealing which will enhance and extend the roadway.

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Regional
10:21 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Boat Draining Required In Texas To Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

  Holiday boating over Fourth of July weekend in Texas will include more regulations meant to stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels.

Updated rules that take effect Tuesday require all boaters to drain their vessels and on-board receptacles when near any bodies of fresh water.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the regulation applies to boaters leaving or approaching lakes and rivers. State officials say the rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether motorized or not.

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Regional
10:20 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Priests From India Coming To Serve In New Mexico

Bishop Oscar Cantu
Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  The Diocese of Las Cruces has announced that three priests from India are coming to work in southeastern New Mexico.

Bishop Oscar Cantu told a crowd last week the priests will work in parishes around Carlsbad.

The new priests are coming after the Franciscan order removed its three friars from churches in Carlsbad, Loving and Malaga.

Church officials say the new priests are part of a missionary group called Heralds of the Good News.

One of the priests has his visa and could be in Carlsbad this week.

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Regional
10:18 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Drought Sparks Fourth Of July Fireworks Concerns

The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions plaguing both states.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been pushing hard for cities and counties to restrict fireworks with local ordinances.

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Regional
5:28 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

First Hispanic Party Chair Of Texas Democrats Re-Elected

Texas Democrats have easily re-elected state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who remains the first Hispanic to hold the post.

More than 6,000 delegates overwhelmingly chose Hinojosa for the next two years Saturday, as they wrapped up the state Democratic Convention in Dallas.

A former county judge and Democratic National Committee member from Brownsville, the 61-year-old Hinojosa was challenged by a little-known party activist. But a series of top Democratic legislators took the stage to endorse him.

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Regional
11:07 am
Sat June 28, 2014

New Mexico, Other States Reward Dual-Language Grads

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

   Several states are starting to recognize and reward high school graduates who are bilingual.

California, New Mexico, Washington, Illinois and Louisiana recently moved to add special bilingual seals to the diplomas of students who are proficient in two languages.

Other states are working on rules to begin using diploma seals.

In Oregon, one high school granted the seals this month to more than a dozen students, and seals will be available statewide next year.

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Regional
11:05 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Dallas Man Gets 28 Years For Child Porn

A Dallas man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison in a child pornography case linked to online chat rooms and a desire to sexually assault youngsters.

Ted Lynn Snider was sentenced Friday in Dallas.

Jurors in March convicted Snider of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and two counts of transporting and shipping child pornography.

FBI agents in May 2013 discovered that a person, later identified as Snider, was online sharing images and videos of children in sexual acts.

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Regional
11:04 am
Sat June 28, 2014

King Hires New Campaign Manager

  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King says he's hired a new campaign manager.

King said Friday that Keith Breitbach will be responsible for day-to-day operations of his campaign against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election.

Breitbach replaces Steve Verzwyvelt ((Ver-ZWEI-velt), who resigned last week because of disparaging comments posted on Twitter in the past about women and Republicans.

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Regional
11:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Water Planning Forum In Albuquerque

  The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly wants to hear from residents as work gets underway to update the region's water plan.

The assembly is hosting a public forum Saturday in Albuquerque.

In the decade since the first water plan was adopted, significant conservation efforts have been undertaken to reduce water use in the Middle Rio Grande. Still, increased population and drought suggest future water supplies could fall short for people and the environment.

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Regional
11:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Baylor College Of Medicine Put On Probation

An accrediting group has cited more than a dozen areas of concern in placing Baylor College of Medicine in Houston on probation.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education made the formal notification Friday. The probation is based on deficiencies involving administrative processes and procedures, not instruction.

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PUENTES
5:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Best Children's Books

Dr. Anita Hernandez at KRWG FM studios with a few of the award-winning children's books.

  June 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (NMSU) New Mexico State University Associate Professor, Dr. Anita Hernandez. She was recently selected as the Coordinator of the Children’s Choice Awards, and also has been NMSU’s Kidd Literacy Chair in the College of Education for four years.

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PUENTES
5:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Active Seniors

  June 21, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Owner and Publisher of “Southwest Senior,” Keith Whelpley, to talk to us about seniors and an active senior friendly community. He is also the co-host of “Speak Up, Las Cruces” on KOBE 1450AM. 

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Regional
5:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

5-Year Prison Sentence For Man Convicted In Battery At Las Cruces Club

  Las Cruces—Judge Marci Beyer sentenced Nicholas Vallejos 5 years prison followed by 5 years probation for his violent actions at Graham’s Central Station in July 2011.      

Vallejos was charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon or Great Bodily Harm), Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon/Great Bodily Harm).

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Regional
4:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Mexico Denies Los Alamos More Time For Toxic Waste Removal

  The state is denying Los Alamos National Laboratory's request to extend deadlines for cleaning up toxic waste across its northern New Mexico campus.

The New Mexico Environment Department has sent more than 20 letters this month denying the lab for more time to meet deadlines under a 2005 consent order. In the letters, the state said past extensions were granted while the lab diverted resources to expedite the shipment of thousands of barrels of already processed waste to the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

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