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8:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Three To Sue UNM Over Rape Case

Two University of New Mexico football players and another man plan to sue the University of New Mexico and its police department over an investigation that led to rape charges that were ultimately dropped.

Lobo football players players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay and community college student Ryan Ruff on Tuesday said they plan this week to file a suit accusing UNM police of conducting an inadequate investigation.

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Regional
8:48 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Albuquerque Police, Dept. Of Justice Hold 'Frank Meetings'

Albuquerque police and U.S. Justice Department officials have held a series of private but contentious briefings following a signed agreement on reforms.

Officials say officers and federal authorities gathered Tuesday for the last of five meetings on how reforms will be adopted. But some officers expressed anger on how the Justice Department investigated Albuquerque police and pressed federal officials on why they only focused on certain excessive force cases.

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Regional
4:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

NMSU Receives Additional $1.25 Million For Ethics Initiative

New Mexico State University accounting professor Cindy Seipel is one of 15 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellows. The ethics initiative has received an additional $1.25 million from the Daniels Fund to continue its principle-based ethics education program another five years. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Following the success of its five-year pilot program, the New Mexico State University College of Business has been awarded an additional $1.25 million over the next five years to continue its principle-based ethics program. The grant is part of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, whose goal is to strengthen principle-based ethics education and to foster a high standard of ethics in young people. 

The college received its first $1.25 award through the Daniels Fund in 2010.

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Regional
3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Madrid Avenue Closure Thursday In Las Cruces

  Madrid Avenue at Main Street will have a road closure and detour for two weeks beginning Thursday, Dec. 11.  The closure was delayed from Monday.

 

Eastbound traffic will be detoured south onto Main, east onto Spruce Avenue, north onto Mesquite Street, and west back onto Madrid.

 

Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto Main, north onto Spitz Avenue, west onto Three Crosses Avenue, south onto Alameda Boulevard, and east back onto Madrid.

 

The closure will not affect Roadrunner Transit.

 

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Regional
12:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Mexico Teacher Resigns After Student Pens Story About Jesus Handing Out Pot

A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick.

Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times.

Guarascio says a student got offended by the story and told her parents.

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Regional
12:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Fake Dallas Nurse Guilty Of Fraud

A North Texas woman who stole personal documents from a registered nurse and faked being a health care worker faces up to 15 years in prison.

Jada Necole Antoine of Dallas pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud in connection with means of identification.

Prosecutors in Dallas say the 33-year-old Antoine stole a nurse's identifying documents, including driver's license and Social Security number.

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Election 2014
8:33 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Agreement To Clear Way For Land Commissioner Recount

The recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner is one step closer to getting underway.

The state canvassing board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to sign off on a proposal reached after days of negotiation. At issue was how many ballots would be used to test the tabulating machines that would be used in the recount.

Republican Aubrey Dunn and incumbent Democrat Ray Powell are separated by several hundred votes, a margin so small it triggers an automatic recount under state law.

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Election 2014
8:33 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Agreement To Clear Way For Land Commissioner Recount

The recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner is one step closer to getting underway.

The state canvassing board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to sign off on a proposal reached after days of negotiation. At issue was how many ballots would be used to test the tabulating machines that would be used in the recount.

Republican Aubrey Dunn and incumbent Democrat Ray Powell are separated by several hundred votes, a margin so small it triggers an automatic recount under state law.

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Regional
8:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Santa Fe County Ex-official's Guilty Plea Revealed

New Mexico prosecutors in a fraud case against a contractor have disclosed that a former Santa Fe County official previously pleaded guilty to taking a bribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2012 guilty plea by former county road supervisor James Martinez was revealed for the first time Monday as testimony began Monday in the fraud case.

Martinez's criminal case was sealed after he entered his plea, and five other people were indicted in the fraud case about two week later.

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Regional
8:29 am
Tue December 9, 2014

NM Lottery: $1 Million Powerball Prize Unclaimed

Credit nmlottery.com

New Mexico Lottery officials say whoever holds a winning $1 million Powerball ticket has only a few weeks to claim the prize.

The ticket sold in Albuquerque on Saturday, Sept. 27 at a Circle K store on Highway 528 Northwest had winning numbers of 2, 11, 35, 52 and 54.

Lottery workers on Monday put up a banner outside the store to try to alert the winner to turn it in and to generally remind players to double-check their tickets.

If the $1 million ticket is not claimed by the close of business on Dec. 24, the money will go back into the prize pool.

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Regional
8:28 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Hobbs Residents Set To Decide On Voter ID

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

Residents in a southeastern New Mexico city are heading to the polls to vote on a measure that would require a photo ID in municipal elections.

Hobbs will hold its special election Tuesday. The proposal, which would amend the city charter, would require residents to present photo identification at polling places.

Hobbs is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.

Supporters say the measure would help eliminate potential in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in elections.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

International Students Complete Program At NMSU

Two students in the Go Yachay program at New Mexico State University observe a sandwich being made at Jason’s Deli. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta)

  Since late April, New Mexico State University has hosted 14 high school graduates from Ecuador as part of a pilot project to teach the students English and the hospitality industry. 

The students arrived in Las Cruces following a January 2014 agreement between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government. 

Yachay: City of Knowledge, is located near Ibarra, the capital of a rural province called Imbabura. The project is part of a multi-billion dollar campaign in the country to build and improve public universities and K-12 schools. 

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

College Of Medicine At NMSU Receives Pre-Accreditation

  The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, also known as COCA, has awarded pre-accreditation to the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. COCA voted in favor of BCOM’s application and awarded pre-accreditation status during a Dec. 6 meeting in Chicago. 

During the meeting, a delegation from BCOM and NMSU, along with community members, health care leaders and elected officials from New Mexico, El Paso and Chihuahua, Mexico, presented their case as to why BCOM should be awarded pre-accreditation status. 

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Regional
3:51 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Mexico DA Denies Wrongdoing In Bribery Investigation

  A New Mexico district attorney who authorities say is suspected of violating state law and reimbursing burglary victims to protect her son says she did nothing wrong.

Bernalillo County's District Attorney Kari Brandenburg told reporters Monday that she never broke any laws but declined to say if she offered burglary victims any money.

According to police documents, Brandenburg allegedly contacted victims in two burglaries and a larceny case involving her son, 26-year-old Justin Koch.

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Regional
3:50 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Abbott Lays Out Texas Priorities

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

  Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says his administration's top priorities will be bolstering early education, securing the Texas-Mexico border, cutting taxes and pumping $4 billion annually into a traffic-clogged state road network.

None of the goals announced at a Monday news conference were new.

Indeed, Abbott's remarks were more surprising for avoiding conservative red-meat issues, such as abortion and his steadfast support allowing for the open carry of handguns.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Trial Of Texas Teen Accused Of Killing Girl In Satanic Ritual

  Prosecutors say a Houston-area teenager accused of killing a girl in a satanic ritual had gouged out her eye as she begged for her life.

Opening statements in the capital murder trial of 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes began Monday. He's accused in the February death of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes in a vacant apartment southeast of Houston.

A 16-year-old boy also is charged. He's expected to stand trial later.

Reyes faces a life sentence if convicted but would be eligible for parole after 40 years.

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Local Viewpoints
3:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Goodman: Questions Remain Regarding The Las Cruces Minimum Wage

Last Monday, the Las Cruces City Council voted to delay minimum-wage hikes set by the petition-initiated ordinance.  People keep asking me:

Was the City Council's action legal?

No, in my view; but it might survive a challenge.

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Regional
3:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Cell Phone Repair Shop Burglary In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify a man suspected of burglarizing a cell phone repair shop on south Solano Drive.

Police learned that the burglary occurred at around 4:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6. Surveillance photos showed a man use a rock to smash a front window of the Cell Phone Factory at 590 S. Solano Dr. The suspect then entered the business and stole approximately $18,000 worth of cell phones, iPads and tablets.

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Regional
7:42 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Border Patrol: Agent Assaulted In Arizona Desert

The Border Patrol says one of its agents was assaulted in the southern Arizona desert over the weekend.

The agency says the agent assigned to the Border Patrol's Ajo station suffered face cuts and a broken orbital bone and required 22 stiches. The agent was treated at a hospital and released.

The Border Patrol says the FBI is investigating the assault and that a person of interest has been identified.

According to the Border Patrol, the assault occurred Saturday on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation at a location southeast of Ajo and west of Sells.

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Regional
7:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oil Prices Expected To Lower New Mexico's Revenue

State finance officials are expected to brief lawmakers on revenue estimates that will provide the foundation for how much money the Legislature can spend on budget increases in the upcoming session.

The Legislative Finance Committee will be meeting Monday in Santa Fe.

A dip in the price of oil is expected to affect what New Mexico has to work with. Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford has said a $1 change in oil prices can cause a $6 million change in revenue for the state's main budget account.

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Regional
7:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Democrats Pick Padilla As New Mexico Senate Whip

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SPONCODE=SPADI

Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate have chosen Sen. Michael Padilla over two rivals as their whip.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Democratic senators picked the 42-year-old Albuquerque businessman on the second ballot during voting Sunday.

Sens. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque also ran for the whip position being vacated by Sen. Tim Keller of Albuquerque. Keller resigned from the Senate following his election as state auditor.

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Regional
7:33 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository Mishaps

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The state Environment Department on Saturday announced it was imposing the penalties for 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

La Catrina String Quartet In Free Concert At NMSU Wednesday

  New Mexico State University’s La Catrina String Quartet will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Atkinson Recital Hall on campus. Guest artist Jim Shearer, an NMSU professor of music, will accompany the group on tuba. 

The Grammy Award winning quartet in residence in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, was recently nominated for a second Grammy Award. The ensemble includes violinist Daniel Vega-Albela, Jorge Martinez-Rios on viola, violinist Roberta Arruda and cellist Jorge Espinoza. All are assistant professors in the music department.

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Regional
11:28 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Madrid Avenue Closure Monday In Las Cruces

  Madrid Avenue at Main Street will have a road closure and detour for two weeks beginning Monday, Dec. 8.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured south onto Main, east onto Spruce Avenue, north onto Mesquite Street, and west back onto Madrid.

Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto Main, north onto Spitz Avenue, west onto Three Crosses Avenue, south onto Alameda Boulevard, and east back onto Madrid.

The closure will not affect Roadrunner Transit.

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Regional
11:26 am
Sun December 7, 2014

NMSU Wins Battle Of I-10 Thriller

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Senior Remi Barry scored a game-high 15 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe as New Mexico State topped UTEP 71-64 in the latest version of the Battle of I-10 Saturday evening at a raucous Pan American Center.

“I’m really excited about the win and anytime you have a chance to get a win against a rival it doesn’t matter what the stat sheet shows,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It’s just about the final numbers on the scoreboard.”

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Regional
10:16 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Navajo To Review Study Of Schools Takeover

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Navajo Nation education officials will discuss the results of a study on whether tribes are prepared to take over schools that have historically been run by the federal government.

The Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education will hold a public meeting Monday morning at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona.

Officials say the plan is part of the effort to have the department lead 31 Bureau of Indian Education schools and 35 grant schools on the reservation.

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Regional
10:14 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Businesswoman To Lead New Mexico GOP

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  The New Mexico Republican Party has chosen an Albuquerque businesswoman to be its next chairwoman.

The party's central committee cast their votes Saturday during a meeting at an Albuquerque hotel for 42-year-old Debbie Maestas.

Maestas is the daughter of Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh and was her father's campaign manager during his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Tom Udall.

Maestas told GOP activists at the meeting that the party needs more enthusiasm, energy and money.

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Regional
10:13 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Dallas ER Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patient Missed High Fever

  The Dallas emergency-room doctor who initially treated a Liberian man who later died of Ebola says he wasn't aware that the patient's temperature spiked to 103 degrees — something that could have been a major warning sign.

Thomas Eric Duncan was released by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sept. 26 about half an hour after his medical records indicate that fever.

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Local Viewpoints
1:15 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Haaland Announces Bid For New Mexico Democratic Chair

  Deb Haaland announced this morning her intention to seek the Chairmanship of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.

“There is a lot of healing that needs to be done, and a lot of uniting. As I traveled the state in 2014, I saw what was beautiful and amazing about New Mexico and our Party, but I also saw things we could do better. That’s why I’m running for Chair; we can rebuild our party and create new bridges that will enable us to come back in 2015 and 2016 stronger than ever.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat December 6, 2014

New Exhibit Opens Sunday In Las Cruces

  The University Museum of NMSU presents Harmonious Beauty – Through the Eyes of Diné Artists, an exhibition of Diné (Navajo) art from the permanent collection on display to the public for the first time. The featured works of art offer views into the world of the Diné, through the eyes and hands of the artists.

 

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