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PUENTES
6:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

La Cruces Senior Programs and Services

  December 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with City of Las Cruces Community & Cultural Services Director, David Dollahon. The Community & Cultural Services Department of the City of Las Cruces assists in many areas of civic life with programs such as: the Thomas Branigan Library programs and services; the Las Cruces Museum System programs and exhibits; the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau – local events information; and the Senior Programs meals and support services for seniors.

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Intermezzo
5:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Pianist Antonio di Cristofano to perform the Emperor Concerto in Las Cruces

Pianist Antonio di Cristofano
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Pianist Antonio di Cristofano says “one must enter into the mind of Beethoven” when playing his music, which is what he will do when he performs the Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor Concerto” with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The Italian piano soloist joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in a wide-ranging conversation about Beethoven’s monumental concerto, Di Cristofano’s teacher, the late Antonio Bacchelli, his strong interest in the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and some of the differences in the training of pianists in Russia and Italy.

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Regional
4:50 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Report: Roswell Baby Had Severe Injuries Before Dying

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator says a month-old Roswell baby suffered from blunt head and neck trauma before dying.

The Roswell Daily Record reports the September 2013 death of Jonathan Miller was a homicide.

Miller had broken ribs, bite marks and other injuries. He was admitted to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell on Sept. 7, 2013, and was transferred to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque a day later. He was declared brain dead on Sept. 10, 2013.

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Regional
4:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Former Albuquerque Officer Sentenced In Fatal Accident

A former Albuquerque police officer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for causing a wreck that killed a 21-year-old woman.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Adam Casaus was sentenced on Friday after being found guilty of misdemeanor careless driving. He originally was charged with reckless driving and faced nine years in prison but was convicted of a lesser charge.

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Regional
4:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Two Plead Guilty In Large Heroin Ring

Two suspects in a large drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin in Dona Ana County have pleaded guilty.

Esther Soliz and Angel Ortega entered guilty pleas this week in a federal case involving a heroin trafficking ring that included more than 20 people.

Authorities say that 19 of the 21 defendants charged in the ring have entered guilty pleas.

Soliz and Ortega participated in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, federal prosecutor say.

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Regional
2:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Navajo High Court Takes Challenge In Election Case

  The Navajo Supreme Court has rejected arguments that a hearing officer who ruled in favor of keeping a presidential candidate in the race was unqualified.

Onetime presidential hopeful Myron McLaughlin had challenged Russell Begaye's candidacy by alleging financial improprieties and questioning his loyalty to the tribe.

Richie Nez of the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals ruled in favor of Begaye last month.

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Regional
2:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Supreme Court Accepts Texas Confederate Flag License Case

Credit supremecourt.gov

  The Supreme Court is taking on a free speech case over a proposed license plate in Texas that would feature the Confederate battle flag.

The case involves the government's ability to choose among the political messages it allows drivers to display on state-issued license plates.

The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling in favor of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group is seeking a specialty plate with its logo bearing the battle flag, similar to plates issued by several other states that were part of the Confederacy.

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Regional
2:01 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico Sues Nursing Home Chain

   New Mexico's attorney general is suing a major nursing home chain over allegedly poor care. The lawsuit argues that facilities' thin staffing made it impossible to address resident needs.

The lawsuit's legal strategy could be applied in other states. It targets eight nursing homes run by Plano, Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group, the country's tenth-largest nursing home chain.

The company says it has no immediate comment.

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Regional
10:18 am
Fri December 5, 2014

In Depth: Justice Department Investigating UNM Response To Sexual Assaults

  ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Justice is investigating multiple complaints regarding the University of New Mexico’s handling of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students at the University. 

As part of the review, the department states it will evaluate the University’s policies and practices for preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, and for investigating and responding to student complaints of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and retaliation. 

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Regional
9:20 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Fundraiser Set For Lone Hobbs Survivor Of Crash

The family of a 14-year old Hobbs boy who was the lone survivor in a deadly Texas Panhandle crash is holding an online fundraising campaign.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that relatives for Luis Torres are trying to raise funds for pending funeral and hospital expenses.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi died when his pickup crossed the center line shortly before midnight Saturday north of Vega and struck an oncoming Chevy van.

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Regional
9:18 am
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico Accountant Sentenced To Prison In Fraud Scheme

A northern New Mexico accountant faces over nine years in prison after being sentenced on convictions stemming from a scheme to defraud the state and federal unemployment insurance systems.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 42-year-old Jasonn Gonzales of Velarde was sentenced Thursday to 9.25 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He also was ordered to pay over $800,000 in restitution.

Gonzales pleaded guilty in August to charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Regional
9:16 am
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico Woman, 70, Fighting Bingo Ban

  A 70-year-old New Mexico woman banned from an Alamogordo bingo hall is fighting to get back in the game.

KRQE-TV reports Evangeline Shelland of Alamogordo says for two years she's been prevented for paying her favorite game at the Fraternal Order of Eagles club in town.

She says her banishment came after management told her they had received letters from people accusing her of driving erratically in the parking lot. However, Shelland says she's never been shown any evidence of bad driving.

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Regional
9:14 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 2nd Man Arrested In Homicide

Albuquerque police say a second man has been arrested in the killing of a man whose body was found in a woman's backyard.

Police say 25-year-old Charlie Montoya was arrested Friday morning in the killing of Ray Gurule, whose body was found Nov. 24.

According to police, Gurule was shot during a confrontation between two groups of people and that he died after trying to flee.

Police arrested 30-year-old Billy V. Cordova Tuesday night. He and Montoya are accused of murder and other crimes.

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Regional
9:11 am
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico Records 3rd Hantavirus Death In 2014

New Mexico health officials say a 28-year-old McKinley County man is the third person in the state to die from Hantavirus this year.

The Department of Health says there have been a total of six Hantavirus cases in the state this year. Those include a 49-year-old Otero County man who remains hospitalized but whose condition is improving.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva.

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Regional
8:18 am
Fri December 5, 2014

House Approves Defense Bill With New Mexico Provisions

A defense policy bill approved by the U.S. House and sent to the U.S. Senate includes several provisions on New Mexico historical and conservation topics.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the bill would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

It also would create an historical park preserving sites at Los Alamos and elsewhere where the atomic bomb was built, and it would designate 45,000-acre Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area north of Taos.

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Regional
8:16 am
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico High Court Explains Judicial Pay Ruling

The New Mexico Supreme Court says governors must veto entire sections of the state budget in order to erase specific funding that is included but not itemized.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Supreme Court on Thursday released an opinion explaining its June 11 decision that judges across the state were entitled to a 5 percent pay raise because Gov. Susana Martinez didn't eliminate money for it with a veto.

The written opinion now serves as legal precedent for other cases.

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Regional
8:15 am
Fri December 5, 2014

New Mexico Legislative Panel To Discuss Police Reforms

A New Mexico Legislative panel is set to get an update on an agreement to overhaul the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee is scheduled Friday to discuss a U.S. Justice Department blueprint over police reforms.

Representatives from the APD Forward Campaign, a group aimed at fostering community conversations on the coming changes, are expected to tell lawmakers about plans to adopt reforms.

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Regional
8:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

NMSU Professor Helps Veterans Share Their Story And Move Forward

Management Professor in the NMSU College of Business and veteran Dr. David Boje says when he was preparing to return from his deployment to Vietnam he was told not to wear his uniform, and to try to blend into society the best way he could. He says it was hard to all of a sudden stop being a soldier and return to the man he was before he left.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

NMSU Expects More Than 1,000 Graduates December 13

  With 1,000 students projected to participate in the fall 2014 commencement ceremony at New Mexico State University at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center, the 122nd event will be one of the largest attended for a fall ceremony.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

NMSU College of Education And La Clinica de Familia Partner To Provide Holistic Health Services

Ana Laura James, from left, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s counseling psychology program, reviews files with Counseling and Educational Psychology faculty Daubney Harper and Jo Velasquez. (NMSU photo by Julie M. Hughes)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education is partnering with La Clinica de Familia to provide mental health care to underserved patients and training future psychologists in the process.

Counseling and Educational Psychology graduate students get the opportunity to work in clinics across Dona Ana County to focus, not just on mental health, but also primary care psychology, said Daubney Harper, a college assistant professor. She is one of two faculty members who have a split appointment between NMSU and La Clinica as part of the partnership.

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Local Viewpoints
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

ACLU: Immigration Officers Ordering Illegal Deportations Without Hearings

  NEW YORK – In the first comprehensive study of expedited deportations ordered by federal immigration agents instead of judges, the American Civil Liberties Union found numerous incidents of people with rights or strong claims to be in the United States who were deported without the chance to be heard.

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Regional
3:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Las Cruces Psychiatrist Charged With Abuse Of Former Patient

  Las Cruces Police have charged a local psychiatrist for knowingly abusing a 28-year-old man who was formerly his patient.

Daniel J. Brandt, 54, is charged with one count of abuse of a resident, a fourth-degree felony.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Brandt is a psychiatrist at Campo Behavioral Health Services and administered services to the 28-year-old intellectually disabled man for 13 years until July 2014 when the man’s court appointed guardian requested a change of psychiatrists.

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Local Viewpoints
3:23 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Rep. Pearce Explains Vote Against Defense Funding Bill

   Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA):

 

“Voting against the NDAA today was a difficult decision for me,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.  “As a Vietnam veteran, I always look to support the military and their families. However, the NDAA does not fully meet the needs of our troops and grossly expands the federal footprint in the West.”  

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Regional
12:37 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

N.M. Lawmakers Eye Forced Mental Illness Treatment

Some New Mexico residents with severe mental illness could receive court-ordered outpatient treatment under a new proposal.

Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen is scheduled Thursday to discuss the proposed bill to the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee.

The bill would allow judges to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community. Papen says it's a version of New York's Kendra's law.

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Regional
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

BLM Considers New Mexico Oil Pipeline Proposal

A Colorado company plans to build a 140-mile pipeline across northwestern New Mexico that would be capable of carrying 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to permit the project by Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC. A public meeting was set for Thursday evening in Lybrook, but it could be early next year before the agency makes a final decision.

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Regional
9:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Impact Undocumented Status Can Have On Mental Health

Credit Simon Thompson

Fear of being arrested and deported, family separation, and poverty just some of the daily anxieties faced by an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.  The stress can also take a toll on mental health.

Cynthia Pizana came to the US from Mexico as a child with her mother fleeing poverty and domestic abuse. Despite living in an equally impoverished and violent household with her mother’s second husband once they got to the US Pizana’s aspirations were sky high.

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Regional
8:18 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Appeal Filed In Case Challenging Navajo Candidate

A former Navajo presidential hopeful who lost a bid to remove a candidate from the race is appealing the ruling.

An attorney for Myron McLaughlin filed the appeal Wednesday to the Navajo Supreme Court.

He's hoping to overturn a decision from the tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals that kept Russell Begaye in the race.

McLaughlin says he disagrees with hearing officer Richie Nez's legal analysis and questions whether Nez had the right to preside over the case.

Repeated calls to the Office of Hearings and Appeals on Wednesday went unanswered.

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Regional
8:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Texas House Panel Examines Cost Of Border Surge

A legislative panel is again examining how much Gov. Rick Perry's National Guard troop surge to the Texas-Mexico border will cost the state.

Perry deployed as many as 1,000 guardsmen amid an influx of children crossing illegally into the U.S. this summer.

That wave has since slowed dramatically, but Perry says the order was a success disrupting drug- and people-smugglers.

A Texas House committee on the fiscal impact of border security operations convenes Thursday.

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Regional
8:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Police: 1 Arrested, 1 Sought In Albuquerque Homicide

Albuquerque police say one man has been arrested and a second is being sought in a November killing.

Police identify the man arrested Tuesday night in the killing of Ray Gurule as 30-year-old Billy V. Cordova and say the second person sought is 25-year-old Charlie Montoya.

According to police, a woman found Gurule's dead body in her back yard on Nov. 24.

Police say Gurule was shot during a confrontation between two groups of people and that he died after trying to flee.

Montoya is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-8, 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Regional
8:09 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Albuquerque Hires NAACP Leader On Police Reform

The city of Albuquerque has hired a local NAACP leader to help with upcoming changes into the city's troubled police.

But some advocates are criticizing the move.

The city announced this week NAACP Albuquerque president Harold Bailey will be paid $20,000 as a consultant for a team that will oversee changes. Bailey says he will help the team with community engagement.

However, Jewel Hall, president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center and a police critic, says Bailey sold his soul since others have been asking to be more engaged with reform efforts.

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